On 29 December 2010, the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA) gave formal notice, pursuant to the federal Clean Water Act (CWA), of its intent to sue the City of Sacramento, Sacramento Area Sewer District and Sacramento County (Sacramento) for illegal sewage spills, overflows and discharges to various waterways that drain into the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Since December 2005, the Sacramento County/Sacramento Area Sewer District collection system has experienced at least 6,119 raw sewage spills or 28.05 spills per 100 miles of sewer pipes per year.  During the same period, the City of Sacramento collection system had at least 364 sewage spills, or 12.5 spills per 100 miles of sewer pipe per year.  A well-run collection system experiences 0 to 3 spills per 100 miles per year and California’s median spill rate is about 4 spills per 100 miles.

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