The RESCU project underway from the Silicon Valley Clean Water district stands for Regional Environmental Sewer Conveyance Upgrade. The project aims to replace and rehabilitate their sewer conveyance systems using a gravity pipeline and the tunnel boring machine named Salus.

SVCW is a joint powers authority (JPA) that owns and operates a regional wastewater treatment plant at the eastern end of Redwood Shores, Redwood City, and related wastewater pumping and transmission facilities. The project was a large portion of SVCW’s Capital Improvement Program and included 17 components, each consisting of specific improvements and upgrades to portions of the conveyance system and the WWTP.

JHS was hired to serve as SVCW’s environmental planning staff and lead the project's environmental and permitting processes. This work included managing the CEQA/NEPA and permitting consultants, reviewing all documents and deliverables, reviewing consultant invoices, and maintaining the budget and schedule. This project involved extensive coordination with SVCW staff, the consultant teams, the public, and various stakeholders. Despite the complexity of this project and the environmental analysis, the EIR process was completed on time and well under budget, with almost no public opposition.

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