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.

Learn more about sewage management and this video with the Producer’s Notes.

Wastewater Woes: Sewage Spills in SF Bay 11 March,2016Amy Miller
  • Captain,Gary Moscato Sr.

    I have lived and worked and still do,in san francisco bay,operated bay sample boats and fisheries some 40 yrs water treatementgrade#4,own and operate own sports fishing vessel,40 yrs associated departement diablo valley college under Dr. Bill Stephson,Oveanography dept.hydraulics degree/top military seacret clearence.I know mercury sources,and studied same,on mt loma prieta area.Graduate maretime academy master 1oo ton.if you think you could use an old fart from the california delta.Also tought water chemestry/sewage /domestic water,Happytrails all there,If you would like to use the Carilyn”M”Fore reaserch use my “E”mailCapn Gary Moscato Sr.Any questions on the delta “Please call”capn,,out..

  • 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:

    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.


Amy Miller


Amy Miller is a documentary filmmaker and the Supervising Producer and Partner at Spine Films, a boutique production company specializing in science, natural history and art content.  Prior to joining the Spine team, she worked at KQED as the Series Producer of “QUEST”, a multimedia science and environment series. She was also a staff producer for two other KQED series, “SPARK” and “Independent View.” For her work in television, she’s earned multiple honors including ten Emmy awards and two AAAS Kavli Science Journalism awards.  Feature Producer/ Director credits include “Saving Otter 501” for PBS NATURE and “Let All the Stories Be Told” which aired as part of KQED’s “Truly California” series.


Sheraz Sadiq

Sheraz Sadiq is an Emmy Award-winning producer at San Francisco PBS affiliate KQED. In 2012, he received the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism award for a story he produced about the seismic retrofit of the Hetch Hetchy water delivery system which serves the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to producing television content for KQED Science, he has also created online features and written news articles on scientific subjects ranging from astronomy to synthetic biology.

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