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Groundwater Phytoremediation

The area surrounding the landfill has a high groundwater table. In order to keep the groundwater table low, groundwater is pumped from sixteen wells along the northern landfill boundary.  Shallow groundwater in this area of the valley contains boron and selenium. These minerals are naturally-occurring but the amount in the water is too high for the water to be released into the adjacent Willow Slough bypass.
Kenaf in bloom

Phytoremediation (using plant activity for treatment) is used to reduce the boron and selenium concentrations present in the groundwater. The Phytoremediation process consists of a piping system, a 35 acre storage reservoir, and a land application area. During the wet season, excess groundwater is piped to the reservoir for storage. Then during the dry season, the water is piped to the land application area, two 45–acre parcels of land, where it is used for irrigation to grow kenaf. Kenaf, a hibiscus relative, is a plant known to accumulate boron and selenium. Kenaf is planted annually in one parcel while the other parcel remains fallow. Harvested in the fall, the kenaf is used as alternative daily cover in place of soil.


Engine powered by landfill gas

Landfill Gas to Energy

A landfill gas-to-energy plant is located just south of Waste Management Units 4 and 5 and west of the water storage pond. The facility is owned by Yolo County and operated by Ameresco, under a contract with the Department of Integrated Waste Management.

The LFG collection system routes the landfill gas to the plant where it is then burned in up to five internal combustion engines or a flare. 

The plant is producing electricity by two, Caterpillar G399, and two Caterpillar G3516 Internal Combustion engines. The five engines have a combined permitted capacity to burn up to 2,107 cubic feet per minute of landfill gas and produce a maximum of 3,860 kilo Watts per hour. The flare is permitted to burn a maximum of 2,022 cubic feet per minute, which is more than the landfill is currently producing.