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Massive sewage and water tank can be installed at McKinley Park, Sacramento judge rules

How a massive tank could protect Sacramento from sewage overflows

The City of Sacramento plans to build a massive tank under McKinley Park to handle Sacramento’s mixed sewage and rain runoff. How it would change the city’s flooding problem.
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The City of Sacramento plans to build a massive tank under McKinley Park to handle Sacramento’s mixed sewage and rain runoff. How it would change the city’s flooding problem.

The city of Sacramento will not have to halt its plans to build a massive tank for sewage and rain runoff under McKinley Park, a judge ruled last week.

A lawsuit filed in November in Sacramento Superior Court by unnamed citizens alleged the project will harm historical aspects of the park, as well as create noise, vibration and air quality issues for the surrounding East Sacramento neighborhood and nearby daycare.

The lawsuit also called for an injunction order to halt work until the case is resolved.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Richard Sueyoshi last week denied that request, meaning the city can continue work on the project as planned, according to court documents.

The $30 million project will install a large storage tank under the park’s baseball field that will temporarily store rain and sewage during major rainstorms to reduce street flooding in the area.

The city plans to award the construction contract for the project in April, said Lou Peterson, a city spokesman. Officials plan to start construction in June and finish in late 2020. The lawsuit did not delay the project, Peterson said.

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Theresa Clift covers Sacramento City Hall. Before joining The Bee in 2018, she worked as a local government reporter for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Daily Press in Virginia and the Wausau Daily Herald in Wisconsin. She grew up in Michigan and graduated from Central Michigan University.
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