Natural Resources Projects Update
Posted:March 26th, 2012 9:29am
Phase II of the Smith River Rancheria Wastewater Collection System Extension Project is currently underway. Construction started early January, and, depending upon the weather, is scheduled for completion by mid April. We are currently close to 50% completion of the project as work continues down South Indian Road.
We have also completed the boring beneath Highway 101 in order to run fiber optics control from the Wastewater Treatment Facility to the two lift stations installed on South Indian Road and extend the collection system under the highway to connect with our present system. The system will ultimately provide potential wastewater treatment for all properties along South Indian Road up to Mouth of Smith River Road. Future projects will carry the collection system up Mouth of Smith River Road to tribal properties along Oceanview Drive and to extend the collection system to the end of Prince Island Court.
We are making every effort to complete this project with minimal disruption to residents and appreciate the patience shown to this point with any disruptions. Portions of South Indian Road are closing to through traffic while the project continues with access to residences being maintained. We appreciate your patience as this project continues. The Tribe sought and was awarded nearly $1.6 mil-lion for this project with $900,00 of funding provided from Congressional Appropriations and a Tribal Match of $714,273. The majority of Tribal Match money is from HUD NAHASDA funding.
Also a part of this project is to upgrade the Emergency Generator at the Howonquet Hall Community Center. A larger generator was installed which will provide emergency power to the two lift (pump) stations along South Indian Road and critical to pump the wastewater to the Smith River Rancheria Wastewater Treatment Facility. Along with providing emergency power for the lift stations, this generator upgraded the ability to power the entire Howonquet Hall Community Center (including the Elder Nutrition Center) and United Indian Services Health Clinic. This generator has been installed, tested and ready for the next power outage.
The lift stations and status of the Smith River Rancheria Wastewater Treatment System will be closely monitored with computers by our Tribal Wastewater Operators on the newly upgraded Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system. This system allows operators to monitor and control the daily operation and maintenance of both the existing treatment facility as well as the status and control of the lift stations. This system is ongoing as a part of the Wastewater Collection System Extension Project and will be in full operation by the end of the project scheduled for Mid-April.
Submitted by Brad Cass, Natural Resources Director