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A Case Study in Infrastructure Planning: South Bay Water Recycling Program, San Jose, California

Author: Mara Cusker

Sector: Water

Publication type: Acrobat PDF

When the booming high-technology economy of California's Silicon Valley began to take a toll on the ecological health of the South San Francisco Bay (South Bay), which receives the region’s treated wastewater, a public call to preserve the sensitive wetlands sparked the development of a $140 million water works project. The protection of the salt marsh harvest mouse and the California clapper rail, both native to the salty marshes of the South Bay, helped galvanize this collaborative regional effort, led by the City of San Jose, to construct one of the world's largest urban water recycling systems.

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Date Created: May 2000; Date Posted: April 2006





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