OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT/PUBLIC HEARING: For proposed revisions to the Clean Water Act Section 303(d) list of impaired water bodies in the SF Bay Basin

From the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board:

Notice is hereby given that:

This notice solicits public comment on the proposed revisions to the list of impaired waters under Section 303(d) of the federal Clean Water Act (CWA). Section 303(d) requires that each State develop and maintain a list of water bodies with water quality impairments, that is, water quality not meeting applicable standards. The proposed revisions, which include listings and de-listings, are specific to water bodies within the jurisdiction of the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board (Water Board).

The 303(d) listing recommendations, along with the technical rationale for these recommendations, are included in the staff report entitled Clean Water Act Section 303(d) 2018 Impaired Waters List Updates for the San Francisco Bay Region. The staff report outlining the proposed revisions is available for review at:  http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/sanfranciscobay/water_issues/programs/TMDLs/303dlist.shtml

The 30-day public comment period will begin on December 21, 2018 and close at 5 p.m. on January 21, 2019.

The Water Board will hold a public hearing to receive public comment on the proposed changes to the 303(d) list of impaired water bodies. At this hearing, the Board will consider adoption of a Resolution recommending these changes to the State Water Resources Control Board for inclusion on the statewide 2018 303(d) list, and ultimately to United States Environmental Protection Agency for approval.

DATE:                        Wednesday March 13, 2019

TIME:                         9 a.m.

LOCATION:              Elihu M. Harris State Building, Main Auditorium
1515 Clay Street, Oakland, California 94612

Submitting written comments

As noted above, the public comment period for the proposed 303(d) listing changes expires at 5:00 p.m. on January 21, 2019. All written comments on the proposed 303(d) list are due by this date to the staff contact identified below. Additionally, all evidence and exhibits to be offered at the hearing must be submitted in writing by this date to the staff contact. Non-evidentiary oral policy statements to be made at the hearing need not be submitted in advance. Please submit comments to:

San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board
Attention: Richard Looker
1515 Clay Street, Suite 1400
Oakland, CA  94612
(510) 622-2451 (ph)

email: Richard.Looker@waterboards.ca.gov

Participation in the public hearing

The hearing will be conducted in accordance with California Code of Regulations, title, section 649.3. Time limits may be imposed on oral testimony at the public hearings; groups are encouraged to designate a spokesperson. All exhibits presented at the hearing, including charts, graphs, and other testimony must be left with the Water Board. They will become part of the administrative record.

A map and directions to the hearing are available online at:  http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/sanfranciscobay/about_us/directions.shtml

The location of the hearing is accessible to persons with disabilities. Individuals who require special accommodations are requested to contact the Water Board’s Executive Assistant Brandy Stone, (510) 622-2399, Brandy.Stone@waterboards.ca.gov, at least five (5) working days before a meeting. TTY users may contact the California Relay Service at 1-800-735-2929 or voice line at 1-800-735-2922.

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