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  • Draft Mental Health Services Act Three Year Plan available for comment

    This FY18-20 MHSA 3-Year Program and expenditure Plan for Monterey County has been created to satisfy funding requirements set forth by Welfare and Institution Code (WIC) 5847 and authorized by the California Mental Health Service Oversight and Accountability Commission. The intended purpose of this document is to provide residents, stakeholders and service providers with an overview of planned MHSA funded activities in Monterey County over FY18 -20.

    8/23/2017 4:42:24 PM

  • Draft Mental Health Services Act Three Year Plan available for comment

    This FY18-20 MHSA 3-Year Program and expenditure Plan for Monterey County has been created to satisfy funding requirements set forth by Welfare and Institution Code (WIC) 5847 and authorized by the California Mental Health Service Oversight and Accountability Commission. The intended purpose of this document is to provide residents, stakeholders and service providers with an overview of planned MHSA funded activities in Monterey County over FY18 -20.

    8/23/2017 4:42:00 PM

  • Beach Advisory Lifted: Stillwater Cove, Pebble Beach

    Stillwater Cove was posted with an advisory due to high indicator bacteria found in samples taken 08/21/2017. Follow up samples reveal that bacteria have subsided to levels considered safe for recreational contact.

    8/23/2017 3:53:00 PM

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Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (Septic System) Permits

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Information about OWTS (Septic Systems)

Conventional & Alternative OWTS (Septic Systems)

Conventional OWTS (Septic System)

A conventional gravity flow septic system consists of a series of tanks or a compartmented tank followed by a drainfield. The septic tanks are used to settle out solids and partially treat wastewater before it reaches the subsurface drainfield. Certain areas may not be suitable for conventional systems; for example, areas with nearby nutrient-sensitive waters, high densities of existing conventional systems, highly permeable or shallow soils, shallow water tables, large rocks or confining layers, and poorly drained soils.

Alternative OWTS (Supplemental Treatment System)

Alternative OWTS are used in areas where conventional OWTS cannot provide adequate treatment of wastewater effluent due to site constraints. Supplemental systems feature components and processes designed to promote degradation and/or treatment of wastes through biological processes, oxidation/reduction reactions, filtration, evapotranspiration, and other processes. Some examples of Alternative (supplemental) OWTS include mound systems, fixed-film contact units, wetlands, aerobic treatment units, and low-pressure drip applications.

Currently, Monterey County does not have authority to issue permits for new Alternative Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems, only for repairs to existing OWTS. Monterey County is in the process of drafting a Local Agency Management Program for Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (LAMP) that will subsequently allow Alternative OWTS to be utilized for new construction. The use of Alternative OWTS as the basis for demonstrating onsite wastewater disposal feasibility will not be allowed.

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