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RURAL UTILITIES SERVICE SUCCESS STORIES: Rural Development Helps Clean Up Tillamook Bay Garibaldi, Oregon Outline of Need: The City of Garibaldi, Oregon, is in violation of the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) standards concerning overflow into School Creek, inadequate hydraulic capacity of the Treatment Plant, deficiencies associated with the Treatment Plant outfall location, and compliance with sludge management requirements. How Rural Development Helped: Rural Utilities Service is providing $1,494,900 in loan funds and $1,400,000 in grant funds for this project. The proposed project includes replacement or upgrading of two pump stations including a new 8-inch forcemain, upgrading/replacing exiting treatment plant to a sequencing batch reactor, extending existing outfall pipeline from the treatment plant further into Tillamook Bay, and placing a difusser on the outlet of the outfall pipeline. These proposed improvements would meet the needs of the City and the requirements of regulatory agencies. The Results: The improvements to the collection system and treatment plant system will provide safeguards and enhance monitoring to substantially reduce the organic content of wastewater that degrades or diminishes the Tillamook Bay’s ability to support aquatic life. Chlorine concentrations in the effluent will be eliminated, thereby removing potential toxicity to organisms in the Bay. Water quality in Tillamook Bay will improve as a result of this project, and, as an additional benefit, improved water quality in the Bay should improve Oregon Coast coho salmon, Oregon Coast steelhead, and Coastal cutthroat trout runs in the Miami, Trask, and Wilson Rivers.