Commission decision could lead to Morro Bay Cayucos split
January 11, 2013
The California Coastal Commission on Thursday voted to deny the rebuilding of a sewer plant for Morro Bay and Cayucos at the site of the current outdated plant which could lead to the two communities building separate plants.
The unanimous vote followed the Cayucos Sanitary District’s withdrawal of its application and Morro Bay’s request for a denial. For years the two communities have been at odds over where the plant should be rebuilt.
In 2003, the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board informed Cayucos and Morro Bay that they would have to upgrade their plant by March 2014 or face penalties. Last year, the Coastal Commission said it wanted the plant moved a mile from the coastline.
Moving the treatment plant to a new location will add about $20 million to its cost if the two communities agree to work together building an oxidation ditch plant. The cost is likely to change if the communities elect to build separate and different types of plants.