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File #: 2019-766    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Non-Consent Status: Passed
File created: 11/18/2019 In control: LEGISLATIVE AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
On agenda: 12/9/2019 Final action: 12/9/2019
Title: PUBLIC AFFAIRS UPDATE FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER 2019
Sponsors: Jim Herberg
Attachments: 1. Agenda Report, 2. Outreach Report November 2019, 3. Media Clips November 2019
Related files: 2019-836
FROM: James D. Herberg, General Manager

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PUBLIC AFFAIRS UPDATE FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER 2019
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GENERAL MANAGER'S RECOMMENDATION

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RECOMMENDATION: Recommend to the Board of Directors to:

Receive and file the Public Affairs Update for the month of November 2019.
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BACKGROUND

Staff will provide an update on recent public affairs activities.

RELEVANT STANDARDS

* Maintain influential legislative advocacy and a public outreach program
* Build brand, trust, and support with policy makers and community leaders
* Maintain collaborative and cooperative relationships with regulators, stakeholders and neighboring communities
* Listen to and seriously consider community input on environmental concerns

PROBLEM

The Orange County Sanitation District (Sanitation District) is well recognized within the water/wastewater industry; however, within our service area there is limited knowledge by our customers of the important work we do to protect public health and the environment. In general, the customers we serve do not realize that when they improperly dispose of waste into the sanitation system, it can negatively affect our sewer lines, our treatment plants, and the quality of water we supply for the Groundwater Replenishment System.

PROPOSED SOLUTION

By providing tours, community outreach, education, and general communication via the Sanitation District's website, social media outlets, and direct mailings, we have the ability to educate the community, local agencies, and businesses on our messaging such as the What2Flush program, energy production, water recycling, biosolids, and our source control program. This, in turn, helps improve the quality of wastewater that is recycled or released to the ocean.

TIMING CONCERNS

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RAMIFICATIONS OF NOT TAKING ACTION

If we do not educate the community, local agencies, and area businesses about the Sanitation District, we may not have the support necessary to deliver our mission....

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