Transforming Urban Water Initiative

From Gray to Green Shorelines

Palo Alto Horizontal Levee Project

About Transforming Shorelines

Funded by EPA Region 9 Water Quality Improvement Fund, the Transforming Shorelines Project is supporting collaborative engagement on nature-based solutions.

Transforming Shorelines will (1) build regional capacity for nature-based solutions through technical support and analyses; (2) advance a suite of NBS projects through design, permitting and implementation, and; (3) advance state of the art water quality improvement approaches at the Oro Loma Horizontal Levee site.

News and Updates

Dear Colleague,

You’re invited to attend the third meeting of the Transforming Shorelines Collaborative. This virtual meeting will build off the creative and insightful energy of our prior events, and strengthen this innovative regional effort. We hope you will join us for this engaging session. 

The Transforming Shorelines Project is supporting collaborative engagement on nature-based solutions (NBS). Transforming Shorelines goals are to (1) build regional capacity for nature-based solutions through technical support and analyses; (2) advance a suite of NBS projects through design, permitting and implementation, and; (3) advance state of the art water quality improvement approaches at the Oro Loma Horizontal Levee site.

The Transforming Shorelines Collaborative is a hands-on forum for wastewater treatment managers, planners, regulators, designers, and engineers to discuss best practices for nature-based shoreline infrastructure projects that incorporate treated wastewater. 

This next Collaborative workshop will be focused on efforts by Valley Water to manage reverse osmosis concentrate (ROC) through varied nature-based infrastructure solutions including engineered treatment cells, floating wetland treatments, and treatment through the Oro Loma Horizontal Levee pilot project. The Valley Water team and invited guests will review synergies between ROC and side-benefits of ROC Treatment via nature-based solutions, as well as the scientific limitations and practical, large-scale application of these ongoing pilot efforts. Join us for this collaborative discussion!

Featured Speakers & Expert Panel:

  • Nasi Basiri – Valley Water
  • Medi Sinaki – Valley Water
  • William Mitch – Stanford University 
  • David Sedlak – University of California, Berkeley
  • Eileen Cashman – Humboldt State University
  • Jeremy Lowe – San Francisco Estuary Institute
  • Dave Smith – Environmental Protection Agency
  • Jason Warner – Oro Loma Sanitary District
  • Jackie Zipkin – East Bay Dischargers Authority

Thursday, October 7th, 2021

1:00-4:00pm

Zoom Link to Follow

To RSVP, please complete the RSVP form or email Liz Juvera (liz.juvera@sfestuary.org).

Transforming Shorelines Collaborative

The Transforming Shorelines Collaborative (TSC) is comprised of practitioners and experts on nature-based solutions, wastewater treatment, resiliency and nutrient management including regulators, landowners and stakeholders, individual wastewater treatment facilities, regional entities and practitioners/experts involved in habitat restoration, treatment wetlands, or shoreline resilience. The TSC will meet bi-annually.

Who We Are

The TSC is convened by a Core Team of project participants representing a broad range of partners from across the Estuary. Our leadership team is listed below:

  • Angela Perantoni, UC Berkeley
  • Carlos Diaz, Engineer (formerly with ESA and designer of the Oro Loma Horizontal Levee)
  • Dr. David Sedlak, UC Berkeley
  • Emily Gonthier, UC Berkeley
  • Jackie Zipkin, East Bay Dischargers Authority
  • Jason Warner, Oro Loma Sanitary District
  • Jeremy Lowe, San Francisco Estuary Institute
  • Josh Bradt, San Francisco Estuary Partnership
  • Heidi Nutters, San Francisco Estuary Partnership
  • Liz Juvera, San Francisco Estuary Partnership
  • Luisa Valiela, EPA Region 9
  • Medi Sinaki, Valley Water
  • Nasi Basiri, Valley Water

Get Engaged

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The Transforming Shorelines Collaborative is a hands-on forum for wastewater treatment managers, planners, regulators, designers, and engineers to discuss best practices for nature-based shoreline infrastructure projects that incorporate treated wastewater. 

This next Collaborative workshop will be focused on the ongoing San Leandro Treatment Wetland Project that aims to restore a 4.3- acre wastewater storage basin to create a multi-benefit treatment wetland at the City of San Leandro’s Water Pollution Control Plant (WPCP), and develop a community-based shoreline resiliency and tidal marsh restoration vision for the surrounding area. It will advance the reduction of wastewater-borne contamination and eutrophication via development of new forms of green infrastructure. The San Leandro team will bring their regulatory and design ideas to a panel of experts and hope for an interesting conversation with participants. Join us and bring your ideas!

Featured Speakers and Projects:

  • Scott Wallace P.E., President, Naturally Wallace Consulting
  • Josh Sharp, Director, Hydrologic Science and Engineering Program

San Leandro Treatment Wetland Project Team:

  • Ian Wren, Independent Consultant
  • Justin Jensen, City of San Leandro
  • Lucas Paz, Terraphase

Expert panel:

  • Samantha Engelage, City of Palo Alto Regional Water Quality Control Plant
  • Mark Lindley, Environmental Science Associates 
  • Sahrye Cohen, US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Xavier Fernandez, SF Regional Water Quality Control Board

December 1st, 2020

9:00-11:30am

Zoom Link to Follow

To RSVP, please complete the RSVP form or email Liz Juvera (liz.juvera@sfestuary.org).

Meeting 2 – December 1, 2020

Meeting Materials:

  1. Meeting Agenda
  2. Meeting Summary & Presentations

Meeting 1 – March 2, 2020

Meeting Materials 

  1. Meeting Agenda
  2. Presentations
  3. Meeting Summary