NOTICE OF PUBLIC WORKSHOP: concerning The 2018 Joint Triennial Review of the Water Quality Control Plans for the Sacramento River and San Joaquin River Basins and the Tulare Lake Basin

From the Central Valley Regional Water Board:

The California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Region (Central Valley Water Board) will hold a public workshop to discuss the Joint Triennial Review of the Water Quality Control Plans for the Sacramento River and San Joaquin River Basins and the Tulare Lake Basin (Basin Plans). The Basin Plans cover all the watersheds of the Central Valley from the Oregon state border to the northern tip of Los Angeles County. The Basin Plans identify beneficial uses of surface water and groundwater, establish water quality objectives to protect beneficial uses, and describe an implementation plan to achieve the water quality objectives.

The purpose of the triennial review is to identify high priority basin planning issues that the Central Valley Water Board will direct resources to over the next three years.

Amendments to the basin plan may occur because of the triennial review priorities, but the amendments themselves are not part of the triennial review process. The triennial review process also does not include consideration of waste discharge requirements, waivers of waste discharge requirements, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits, or other permitting matters.

The public workshop will be conducted during the October 2018 Central Valley Water Board meeting, which is tentatively scheduled as follows:

Date: 4-5 October 2018 (Please contact the Central Valley Water Board office two weeks prior to the meeting for the exact date.)
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Place: Redding City Hall; 777 Cypress Avenue; Redding, CA 96001

The October workshop will focus on proposed factors the Central Valley Water Board staff will use to help the board prioritize basin planning projects. No decisions on which projects should be prioritized will be made at the workshop. The prioritization and selection of projects will take place at a Board hearing tentatively scheduled for the 6-7 December 2018 Central Valley Water Board meeting in Rancho Cordova.

30 days before the October workshop, the following materials will be released:

• Staff Report describing the proposed project prioritization method and available resources for implementing basin planning projects
• Project Fact Sheets
• Response to Comments from the 2018 Triennial Review Solicitation

Documents will be posted to the Central Valley Water Board’s internet website at:
http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/centralvalley/water_issues/basin_plans/triennialreviews.shtml

Copies of these documents can also be obtained by contacting or visiting the Central Valley
Water Board’s office at 11020 Sun Center Drive, #200, Rancho Cordova, California 95670 or 1685 E Street, Fresno, California 93706 weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

The deadline for written comments on the workshop materials is 5:00 p.m. on Thursday,
4 October 2018 and may be submitted either by mail or electronically. Please submit comments to:

Walter Plachta
Central Valley Water Board
1685 E Street
Fresno, CA 93706
walter.plachta@waterboards.ca.gov

Interested persons will be provided the opportunity to present oral comments to the Board at the workshop. Oral testimony will be limited in time by the Board Chair.

Confirmation of the hearing date and any questions regarding the triennial review should be  directed to Walter Plachta at (559) 445-5576 or walter.plachta@waterboards.ca.gov.
The workshop facilities will be accessible to persons with disabilities. Individuals requiring
special accommodations are requested to contact Kiran Lanfranchi-Rizzardi at (916) 464-4839 at least 5 working days prior to the meeting. TTY users may contact the California Relay Service at 1-800-735-2929 or voice line at 1-800-735-2922.

Based on comments received in writing and verbally at the workshop, staff will prepare a draft work plan for each Basin Plan for consideration by the Central Valley Water Board during the December 2018 hearing. The work plans will summarize the issues identified, prioritize the proposed projects using the Board-directed prioritization method, and present staff recommendations for addressing each issue.

 

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