- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - A Bay Area city is settling a lawsuit from environmentalists and agreeing to spend $100 million on infrastructure to clean polluted stormwater.

The San Jose Mercury News reports (https://bayareane.ws/1UdEx5u) the city acknowledges no wrongdoing in the settlement signed Tuesday that calls for funds to be spent by 2050.

Oakland-based Baykeeper filed the lawsuit after finding concentrations of trash and sewage in San Jose creeks that were among the highest in the Bay Area.

The lawsuit said the city violated the Clean Water Act.

San Jose council members approved the settlement 10-1.

Councilman Johnny Khamis voted against the settlement. He disagreed with the city attorney’s assessment that the settlement would save money in the long-term.

Funding options may include a stormwater tax or fee as well as state and federal sources.

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Information from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, https://www.mercurynews.com


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