East Bay Dischargers Authority Appoints New General Manager

Jackie Zipkin

East Bay Dischargers Authority is pleased to announce the appointment of Jacqueline T. Zipkin to the position of General Manager following the retirement of long-tenured General Manager, Michael S. Connor, PhD.

East Bay Dischargers Authority is a public agency that provides wastewater treatment services for approximately 900,000 residents of southern and eastern Alameda County. EBDA’s member agencies include Cities of Hayward and San Leandro as well as Oro Loma, Castro Valley, and Union Sanitary Districts. Through a separate agreement, EBDA also provides services to the Cities of Livermore and Pleasanton and Dublin San Ramon Services District.

Ms. Zipkin, a resident of Alameda, comes to EBDA with more than 15 years of experience in water and wastewater engineering and management, environmental policy development, and regulatory compliance, both in the public and private sectors.

Most recently, Ms. Zipkin served as Manager of Environmental Services at East Bay Municipal Utility District, where she managed the District’s source control, wet weather, and resource recovery programs. Ms. Zipkin also led the District’s negotiation of a long-term wet weather Consent Decree with EBMUD’s tributary cities, the Environmental Protection Agency, State and Regional Water Boards, and several non-governmental organizations.

Prior to joining EBMUD, Ms. Zipkin was an environmental consultant with CH2M HILL, serving as Global Technology Leader for Water Portfolio Management, and assisting water and wastewater agencies with a variety of projects including regulatory negotiation and compliance, water recycling, watershed management, and biosolids and odor management. Ms. Zipkin is also active in professional organizations, having served on the Board of Directors of the California Association of Sanitation Agencies and on committees for the Water Environment Federation and Bay Area Clean Water Agencies.

Ms. Zipkin holds a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering and Science, both from Stanford University. She is a licensed Professional Civil Engineer in California. 

Dr. Connor, a resident of Oakland, has served as the EBDA General Manager since 2008. During his tenure, EBDA maintained an excellent compliance record, thanks to the excellent performance of the four treatment plants operated by the EBDA member agencies and the treated flows arriving from Livermore/Amador Valley. Dr. Connor has been a leader in the industry, driving policy and projects to protection of San Francisco Bay, particularly in the realms of climate resilience and nutrient management. While at EBDA, Dr. Connor is active in numerous professional organizations and serves on the Board of Directors of the Water Environment and Reuse Foundation.



Save The Date for USD's Centennial Open House!

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Happy 100th Birthday to USD!

We’re proudly celebrating 100 years of service to our communities in 2018. The highlight of our Centennial Year will be our Open House event for the public on Saturday, May 19, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – we hope you’ll visit us during this family-friendly event to tour the plant, talk to our dedicated employees, and check out activities for kids and kids-at-heart. Mark your calendars! Need directions? Click here.



Alameda LAFCo Accepting Applications for Public Member Seat

The Alameda Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) is accepting applications for the public member seat. The deadline for filing an application is Friday, February 2, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

LAFCo is responsible for coordinating logical and timely changes in local government boundaries, conducting special studies that review ways to reorganize, simplify and streamline governmental structure, and establishing planning spheres of influence for each City and Special District within the County.

The public members represent all Alameda County citizens in an objective and impartial manner. Applicants must be residents of Alameda County, and cannot be a current board or council member, officer, or employee of Alameda County, a City, or Special District in Alameda County.

To read the public notice regarding applications, click here. If you have questions or would like a copy of the application mailed to you, please contact LAFCo at (510) 271-5142, or sandra.hou@acgov.org. For more information about LAFCo or to download the application, visit www.acgov.org/lafco.


Your Holidays Will Stay Happy When You Keep Fats, Oils, & Grease OUT of Your Drains!!

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FOG (Fats, Oils, & grease) in your household drains can create blockages that turn a great holiday into a hot mess.

Avoid sloppy, costly backups into your home and overflows that can enter local waterways, harming wildlife and the environment. NEVER put fats, oils, or grease down your drains or into storm drains, which flow untreated to our creeks and San Francisco Bay. Bring your used cooking oil and grease to the Republic Services Customer Service Center at 42600 Boyce Road in Fremont for FREE disposal Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Pour used cooking oil and grease into the receptacle and dispose of your empty jug in the provided container. For more information, visit www.StopFOG.com, call Republic Services at (510) 657-3500, or call Union Sanitary District at (510) 477-7500.


Wastewater Professionals Receive Statewide Appreciation October 7 – 15, 2017

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USD is pleased that our dedicated staff is receiving recognition as part of the California Legislature’s establishment of Water Professionals Appreciation Week. The appreciation week highlights the important role of wastewater, water, and recycled water professionals, as well as local public agencies, in ensuring safe and reliable services to their communities. This year marks the first annual event, which begins the first Saturday of October and ends on Sunday the following weekend.

USD’s wastewater professionals work to ensure protection of public health and the environment for the Tri-Cities 24/7/365. Collection system workers, plant operators, environmental compliance inspectors, lab analysts, mechanics, electricians, and engineers are just some of the District staff members dedicated to providing award-winning service to our customers. 

Recent labor studies estimate that 60,000 people work in the wastewater and water industry in California, and the industry needs roughly 6,000 new employees each year due to turnover. USD encourages exploration of wastewater industry careers, which offer a wide array of rewarding jobs providing services that are essential to society. 

We’re proud that our hardworking staff is receiving well-deserved appreciation from the California Legislature.



Safely Dispose of Unused and Expired Medications - it's FREE!

USD is pleased to support the rollout of MED-Project Pharmaceutical Take-back kiosks throughout Alameda County. There are currently 16 kiosks in the County located in several pharmacies and law enforcement agencies. These kiosks are for residents to safely dispose of unwanted and expired medications at no cost to the consumer. This program is growing and more kiosk locations will be added soon.

MED- Project is a Limited Liability Company funded by the pharmaceutical industry in response to the Alameda County Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance of 2012 that has since been amended to include sharps. During the transition, there may be changes to existing drop off locations so please check the MED-Project website for updates: www.med-project.org.

Current MED-Project locations in the Tri-Cities include:

Haller's Pharmacy and Medical Supply
37323 Fremont Boulevard
Fremont, CA  94536
(510) 797-2772
Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Haller's Pharmacy Newark
6170 Thornton Avenue
Newark CA  94560
(510) 797-4333
Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Newark Police Department
37101 Newark Blvd.
Newark, CA  94560
(510) 578-4237
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Mowry Medical Pharmacy
1999 Mowry Avenue, Suite 2A
Fremont, CA  94538
(510) 793-5011
Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.


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