Seattle Public Utilities has a grand master plan to solve sewage overflow problems for Lake Union, and it’s a tunnel of course. This has been in planning for several years, and in general you shouldn’t care, but it’s worth noting because this particular poo tube will clock in at close to a half billion dollars so it’s a “mega project”.
Mega projects have tons of money sitting around, plus they have highly compensated consultants standing at the ready, just waiting to listen to your complaints and bright ideas. There’s 1% for art money, there’s environmental impact study mitigation efforts, there’s the fact that those consultants only get paid if they can prove their value by accommodating your inputs.
In other words, now is the time to figure out how your solar powered gondola idea can be rationalized in terms of a poo tube. The tube is fixing overflows of poo into Lake Union that currently happen 163 times per year, like this:
The poo tube will be 2.7 miles long, 14 feet in diameter and will be able to hold 15 million gallons of stormwater mixed with some sewage that overflows during heavy rains. Post storms, the overflow will be directed to the existing treatment plant in Magnolia.
Here’s where the poo tube is going. Your solar powered gondola should start at the East Portal, located at 35th and Interlake on the old UCDS property that is currently scraped, and (rumor has it) will be used as a parking lot for Evo until tunnel construction begins in 2018:
Timing is going to be critical in getting your gondola built. You have only 1 week left to get things going, since the initial comment period closes on August 24. Email [email protected] or sent to SPU attn: Betty Meyer, SEPA Responsible Official, Seattle Municipal Tower, Ste 4900, PO Box 34018, Seattle 98124. Here’s the schedule:
Much thanks to Erika Bigelow of the Wallingford Community Council for her assistance with this fine news story. If you want to dive in deep on the ins and outs of the poo tube, see the project site here.