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Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District Education Program

The Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District Education Program is in its pilot year during 2023-2024, funded by Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District (FSSD) as part of their ongoing outreach to the community. Together, we work with 7th grade students in Fairfield and Suisun City to help them think beyond the more familiar “source to sink” understanding of water use and showing students how we treat our wastewater and why that’s so vitally important.

  • Meg Herston, FSSD Director of Environmental Services, shows students the sampling station during a tour of the wastewater treatment plant.

    Meg Herston, FSSD Director of Environmental Services, shows students the sampling station during a tour of the wastewater treatment plant.

  • Stephanie Stock with Solano RCD facilitates a community engagement meeting with participating youth.

    Stephanie Stock with Solano RCD facilitates a community engagement meeting with participating youth.

  • Public Safety Academy students voice their opinions about proposed environmental projects at the treatment plant.

    Public Safety Academy students voice their opinions about proposed environmental projects at the treatment plant.

    Program Goal

    All participating 7th grade students will gain an understanding of the path of wastewater from their community to the Suisun Marsh and the role and purpose of FSSD in protecting this sensitive ecosystem by treating wastewater. Students will be introduced to the need to update infrastructure for climate resiliency and gain experience in being active citizens in their community as they evaluate proposals and share their opinions about next steps at FSSD.

    Through participation in the program, students will be able to:

    • Understand the path of water from source through use, treatment, and outflow into Suisun Marsh
    • List some of the important functions of wetlands like Suisun Marsh
    • Describe key wastewater treatment processes undertaken by FSSD at the treatment plant
    • Evaluate proposed restoration projects based on impact on the community and ecosystem
    • Students participate in an interactive pre-lesson in their classroom to learn why water treatment is necessary and where in the cycle of water use it occurs. They are also introduced to some of the basic wastewater treatment processes to be well-prepared for a field trip to the Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District wastewater treatment plant.

    Program Overview

    Students participate in an interactive pre-lesson in their classroom to learn why water treatment is necessary and where in the cycle of water use it occurs. They are also introduced to some of the basic wastewater treatment processes to be well-prepared for a field trip to the Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District wastewater treatment plant.

    On the field trip, students experience a full tour to learn more about the treatment process. They also participate in a community engagement meeting after learning about some actual proposals for climate resilient infrastructure projects at FSSD, and have a chance to share their opinions and vote on which should be given priority. Program participants also join in on a habitat restoration project facilitated by Solano RCD’s restoration team and have a chance to plant native species benefitting pollinators in areas once dominated by ice plant.

    If you are interested in your Fairfield or Suisun City middle schoolers getting involved, please contact us at .


    NGSS Connections

    NGSS


    Social Emotional Learning Connections

    Participating students will develop their skills in multiple SEL competencies. Relationship skills including active listening and direct communication will be practiced during small-group discussions throughout the program. The community engagement meeting is an ideal opportunity to develop responsible decision-making skills such as identifying solutions to promote community well-being and making reasoned judgments after analyzing information.

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    Solano Resource Conservation District

    1170 N Lincoln, Ste. 110
    Dixon, CA 95620

    Phone: (707) 678-1655 x 101

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