ANNOUNCEMENT: Notice of public workshop and solicitation of public comment: 2018 trienneial review of the water quality control plan for the San Francisco Basin

From the San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board:

The California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Francisco Bay Region (Water Board) is initiating the triennial review process for the Water Quality Control Plan, San Francisco Bay Basin (Basin Plan). The Basin Plan is the master policy document that contains descriptions of the legal, technical, and programmatic bases of water quality regulation in the San Francisco Bay Region, including water quality standards.

The purpose of the triennial review is to examine and update the focus of Water Board planning efforts, including TMDL projects. Section 13240 of the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act and section 303(c)(1) of the federal Clean Water Act require a review of basin plans at least once each three-year period to keep pace with changes in regulation, new technologies, policies, and physical changes within the region.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public workshop on the Basin Plan Triennial Review will be held:

DATE:                       Monday May 21, 2018
TIME:                         10 a.m. to 12 noon
LOCATION:              Elihu M. Harris State Building; 2nd Floor, Room 10; 1515 Clay Street; Oakland, California 94612

STAFF CONTACT:   Richard Looker, 1515 Clay Street, Suite 1400; Oakland, CA  94612
(510) 622-2451 (ph)  email:

The Water Board is responsible for reviewing the Basin Plan and is required to identify those portions of the Basin Plan that are in need of modification or new additions, and adopt standards as appropriate. The review includes a public workshop and a public hearing to allow the public to identify issues for the Water Board to consider for incorporation into its Basin Plan.

MATERIALS: Water Board staff is preparing an initial list of candidate Basin Planning issues for inclusion in the Water Board’s triennial review workplan. These candidate issues include updates to beneficial uses, water quality objectives, implementation plans, and policies. The document containing brief descriptions of all the triennial review issues currently being considered by Water Board staff will be available for download on April 20, 2018 here:

SUBMISSION OF WRITTEN COMMENTS: We solicit input from interested parties to assist staff to identify and prioritize Basin Plan amendment projects that will best address the water quality planning needs of our region. It is important to identify the scope, timing and critical nature of potential projects, as the Water Board is limited in terms of the staff resources that are available to complete the projects. Written comments can be submitted via regular or electronic mail and are due by 5pm on June 8, 2018.

After public input is received, Water Board staff will prepare a Staff Report containing a prioritized list of Basin Planning projects. We will make these materials available for formal public comment as part of the public process in advance of a Water Board hearing taking place this fall.  Ultimately, the Water Board will adopt, by resolution, the priority list of Basin Planning projects to be pursued.

Triennial Review Workshop Solicitation Period :

Comment Period Opens                               Friday April 20, 2018

Public Workshop                                          Monday May 21, 2018

Final date for Submitting Comments         Friday June 8, 2018

Board Adoption Hearing                              fall 2018


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