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Triennial Review of 2014 Water Quality Control Plan for North Coast Region

BACKGROUND
Section 13250 of Porter-Cologne 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 regulations, new technologies, policies, and physical attributes within the region.  The Regional Water Board is responsible for this review, and is required to:  1) identify those portions of the Basin Plan that are in need of modification or new additions; 2) adopt standards as appropriate; and 3) recognize those portions of the Basin Plan that are appropriate as written.  The review process includes public scoping meetings, a public workshop and a comment period to identify issues of water quality concern that may be amended by revisions of the Basin Plan.  After public input is received, the Regional Water Board’s role in the Triennial Review process is to determine if Basin Plan revisions are needed, and to set forth a priority list and schedule for consideration of the needed Basin Plan revisions.

As part of the 2014 Triennial Review, the Regional Water Board also will be asked to adopt editorial Basin Plan amendments, under a separate resolution.

2014 TRIENNIAL REVIEW SCHEDULE
Attached is the 2014 Triennial Review of the Basin Plan, Draft Proposed Basin Plan Amendment Project Priorities  which staff will present at a public workshop before the Regional Water Board on Wednesday, November 19, 2014.  The meeting will be held in Santa Rosa at the Regional Water Board offices and begins at 1:00pm.  Please see the Regional Water Board’s website for address and directions.  The Board will take no action at this time.  But, public comments on the proposed priorities are welcome and encouraged.

http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/northcoast/

A Draft Staff Report for the 2014 Triennial Review of the Water Quality Control Plan for the North Coast Region (Draft Staff Report) will be posted on the Regional Water Board’s website and made available via the Regional Water Board’s Basin Planning email subscription (Lyris) list on November 21, 2014.  The Draft Staff Report describes the status of 2011 priority projects and presents new issues that should be addressed in the 2014 Triennial Review.  It also includes staff’s priority ranking of the proposed projects, as well as proposed editorial revisions to Chapters 1 and 2 of the Basin Plan.  Written comments on the Draft Staff Report may be submitted through January 9, 2015.

Questions regarding this item should be directed to Alydda Mangelsdorf, Supervisor of the Planning Unit atAlydda.Mangelsdorf@waterboards.ca.gov or (707) 576-6735.