The Science of Sustainability

Wastewater Woes: Sewage Spills in SF Bay

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What happens when you flush the toilet? For most of us, what's out of sight is out of mind. But large numbers of sewage spills into San Francisco Bay are forcing cities, water agencies and the public to take a closer look at wastewater and its impacts on the health of the bay. QUEST investigates the causes of the spills and what's being done to prevent them.

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Category: Biology, Environment, Television, Water

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Amy Miller

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Amy Miller is the Supervising Producer and Partner at Spine Films, a boutique independent production company specializing in hard science factual television. Prior to joining the Spine team, Amy worked for six years at KQED (PBS) in San Francisco as the Series Producer of QUEST, a multimedia science and environment series. It was at KQED that she was finally able to merge her lifelong passions for science and storytelling. Originally from Iowa, Amy grew up in Colorado then landed in San Francisco in 1991. She studied biology and film production at University of Colorado and San Francisco State University, and since graduating in 1995, she has worked as a camera assistant, documentary filmmaker, TV producer and correspondent on a variety of cable and public television shows including two other KQED series, "Spark" and "Independent View". For her work in television, she has earned ten regional Emmy awards, two AAAS Kavli Science Journalism awards, and a Society of Professional Journalists Excellence in Journalism Feature Writing award.
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  • Amy Miller

    Hello Captain Moscato,
    Thank you for introducing yourself. We'll make note of your background. You may also want to join KQED's Public Insight Network so that we have your information on record in the event we need to draw on your expertise:
    http://www.kqed.org/news/publicinsightnetwork/

    Cheers,
    Amy Miller
    QUEST TV Series Producer

  • Robert Clegg

    Railroads are mobile pipelines. I wonder if a system of rail tank cars could handle excess capacity. Take a gander at the Chevron refinery over in Richmond. The BNSF Railway yard is right next to it. Thousands of gallons of fuel line the yard each day.