North Bay Cross-Training Pilot

Submitted by Catherine Curtis, Incoming BAYWORK Chair
SFPUC Workforce Reliability Manager



Participants observe collection system repair processes during Ross Valley Sanitary District Cross-Training

BAYWORK is excited about the launch of our first ever Cross-Training series, which grew out of BAYWORK’s North Bay Pilot program. The Town of Windsor, Ross Valley Sanitary District (RVSD), and NapaSan each hosted a small number of employees from other agencies, providing several days of in-depth training on best practices and innovations.

The North Bay Pilot was initiated last summer in order to bring more BAYWORK events to the area and increase local agencies’ engagement with BAYWORK. Together, employees from Las Gallinas Valley Sanitation District, Marin Municipal Water District, North Marin Water District, Ross Valley Sanitary District, NapaSan, and Town of Windsor chose to develop a cross-training program and selected Jeff Tucker of NapaSan to lead the effort.

Ross Valley Sanitary District led off in April with a four-day training on collection system equipment, pipe maintenance, and condition assessment. In May NapaSan gave a three-day training on their bio solids management program, preventive maintenance and cleaning of the influent pump station, as well as Operator-in-Training and Confined Space Entry programs. In June Town of Windsor contributes training on their SCADA system, inspection and servicing of equipment, the town’s recycled water program, laboratory procedures, a phosphorus reduction program and a floating solar array.

A special thank you to all the leaders from the North Bay whose efforts made this series such a success: Jeff Tucker and Stephanie Turnipseed (NapaSan), Steve Miksis (RVSD) and Veronica Astells (Town of Windsor). To get more information on the Cross-Training, please refer to our resources page or our past events page on the BAYWORK website at