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The California Water Boards' Annual Performance Report - Fiscal Year 2012-13
|This fifth annual Performance Report provides a mechanism to measure and evaluate both what we do and how the environment is responding to our actions, and is part of our overall effort toward developing as performance-based organizations. The Water Boards regulate approximately 24,000 dischargers, and our core regulatory workload achievements for the fiscal year included review, update, or issuance of about 166 individual permits; inspection of over 5,400 facilities; and completion of more than 230 penalty and compliance actions. This year we also continued efforts to work with our stakeholders to evaluate the costs of complying with water quality protections contained in our regulations, permits and policies to identify potential cost savings while still protecting the State’s waters, as it is now more important than ever that every dollar spent on water quality protection be used wisely and be focused on our most important priorities.|
What We Do and How We Are Doing FY 2012-13
- Plan & Assess
The State and Regional Water Boards adopt plans and policies to carry out federal and State water quality protection laws. The plans and policies contain water quality standards and regulations, which form the basis of the Water Boards' regulatory actions for protecting the quality of the State's waters. The Water Boards monitor and assess the condition of the waters to determine if they are supporting their uses, detect long-term trends, and focus and evaluate regulatory efforts. more....
The State and Regional Water Boards identify the sources of pollutants that threaten the quality of the State’s waters and regulate those sources by imposing requirements to control the discharge of pollutants in permits. The permits, called “waste discharge requirements”, are based on water quality conditions, and the laws, regulations, plans, and policies designed to protect water quality. To be effective, the Water Boards must ensure that permit requirements are enforceable. Discharger compliance with permits is assessed through the review of waste discharge reports and inspections. Where documented violations of permit requirements occur, the Water Boards are responsible for taking enforcement actions. more...
- Clean Up
The Water Boards are charged with cleaning up a broad universe of contaminated sites throughout the state. These cleanup programs have been addressing pollution from former industrial activities and leaking underground petroleum tanks for many years. Site cleanup responsibilities primarily reside within four main programs at the Water Boards: the Underground Storage Tank Program, the Site Cleanup Program, the Department of Defense Program and the Land Disposal Program. These Water Board cleanup programs are charged with ensuring sites are remediated to protect the State of California’s surface and groundwater and return it to beneficial use. more...
The Water Boards enforce the pollution control and cleanup requirements that are established for discharges and contaminated sites. Where violations of regulatory requirements are detected, enforcement actions of varying types and levels of stringency are taken. For the most serious violations, penalties are often imposed. The Water Boards also collaborate with federal, State, and local law enforcement, as well as other environmental agencies, to address violations. In all cases, the principal goal of enforcement is to encourage compliance with requirements so that water quality is protected. more...
The State Water Board provides financial assistance through various State and federal loan and grant programs to help local agencies, businesses, and individuals meet the costs of water pollution control, development of locally available sustainable water supplies, and cleanup. This funding is made available for local and regional projects that can include construction of municipal sewage and water recycling facilities, remediation for underground storage tank releases, watershed protection, nonpoint source pollution control, and other water protection projects. more...
The State Water Board establishes and maintains a system of water rights to help ensure that the State's limited water resources are put to the best possible use and the public interest is served. A water right is legal permission to divert and use a reasonable and nonwasteful amount of surface water for a beneficial purpose, such as domestic, irrigation, industrial or recreation. In allocating water rights, through a system of permits, licenses, and registrations, the State Water Board works to ensure that vested rights, water quality, and the environment are protected. The State Water Board may also be called upon to adjudicate water for entire systems. more...
Beginning with FY 2009-10, performance targets were established for certain output measures. Targets are goals that establish measurable levels of performance to be achieved within a specified time period. Thus, for FY 2009-10 and in future fiscal years, actual work achieved will be compared to targets to better assess progress and describe Water Board performance. Targets are established by the individual Regional Water Boards in consultation with the State Water Board. They reflect differences in the needs within their respective watersheds and their work priorities given available resources. The targets for FY 2009-10 were derived with a consideration of each Regional Water Board's accomplishments during past years, current priorities, available resources, and the impacts of mandatory furloughs that were in place during FY 2009-10. more...
The Water Boards accomplished many of its priorities during this past year, including adoption of a statewide permit regulating storm water discharges from small cities, completion of two reports to the Legislature containing recommendations for addressing communities that rely on contaminated groundwater, completion of a draft environmental document for update of the Bay Delta Plan San Joaquin river flow and southern Delta salinity requirements, and development of 12 water quality plans designed to bring impaired rivers, lakes, and streams into compliance with water quality objectives.This year's report builds on previous year reports by adding 26 new TMDL outcome measure cards to assess the effectiveness of our actions in specific water bodies throughout the state.
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