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The California Water Boards' Annual Performance Report - Fiscal Year 2010-11

REGULATE: WASTE DISCHARGES TO LAND - WDR

GROUP: SMALL MUNICIPAL WASTE FACILITIES
MEASURE: NUMBER OF MONITORING REPORTS DUE AND RECEIVED
NUMBER OF FACILITIES WITH REPORTING REQUIREMENTS IN CIWQS
MESSAGE:   57% of Small Municipal Waste Facilities discharging to land have reporting requirements in CIWQS.

MEASUREMENTS  - Data Last Updated on: 

 

 

WHAT THE MEASURE IS SHOWING

Approximately 57% all of the Small Municipal Waste Facilities discharging to land under an individual permit have their reporting requirements now in the Water Boards database (CIWQS). This percentage varies among the regional boards and several offices are not fully tracking the self monitoring reports in CIWQS. Of the reports that were documented as required during fiscal year 2010-11, 67% were received of which 34% were recorded as reviewed.

WHY THIS MEASURE IS IMPORTANT

Self Monitoring Reports (SMR) contain the information required by the permits necessary to assess compliance and to measure the quality of the discharge from regulated facilities. Data reported typically include both data required by the permit and any additional data the permittee has collected  consistent with permit requirements. The data typically contains an assessment of the conditions of the discharge and includes the values analyzed by a certified laboratory and other field measurements (such PH and flow). During the review of the self monitoring reports regional board staff compares the values reported with the permit requirements and determines if the self monitoring report is complete and all the reported values are within the permitted limits. In 2010 the Water Boards started to use the CIWQS database to track monitoring reports due, received and reviewed both in either electronic or paper form. This card shows the progress towards tracking the required reports using CIWQS. Self Monitoring Reports are the primary tool used to assess compliance with permit requirements.  SMR are submitted with different frequencies and with different purposes. Most dischargers submit quarterly and annual reports. In some cases certain dischargers may also be required to submit monthly reports and other technical reports. In general, all regulated facilities must submit, at a minimum, an annual report.

TECHNICAL CONSIDERATIONS

GLOSSARY

Self Monitoring Report
The form used to report self-monitoring results by regulated facilities. Self Monitoring: Sampling and analyses performed by a facility to determine compliance with a permit or other regulatory requirements.

CIWQS
The California Integrated Water Quality System (CIWQS) is a web-based relational database for core regulatory data. Using this system, both staff and teh public can access data related to places of environemental interest, permits and other orders, inspections and violations and enforcement activities.

Municipal Sources
Facilities that treat sewage or a mixture of predominantly sewage and other waste from districts, municipalities, communities, hospitals, schools, and publicly or privately owned systems (excluding individual surface leaching systems disposing of less than 1,000 gallons per day).

Small Municipal and Domestic Waste Facilities
Facilities discharging municipal waste serving a population equivalent to less than 1,000 people and with a design flow of lower than 100,000 gallons a day. Small municipal waste facilities are typically regulated under a general order and may include facilities discharging to subsurface system such as septic tanks and leach fields and the treatment systems may be small package plants.

Waste Discharge Requirements Program
The Waste Discharge Requirements (WDR) Program regulates all point source discharges of waste to land that do not require full containment (which falls under the Land Discharge Program), or are not subject to the NPDES Program.

( Page last updated:  9/19/11 )

 
 

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