Bacterial Objectives

State Water Boards Bacterial Objectives

The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) is proposing a statewide bacteria water quality objectives and implementation options to protect recreational users from the effects of pathogens in California water bodies. The objectives and implementation options are proposed as a new part 3 of the Water Quality Control Plan for the Inland Surface Waters, Enclosed Bays, and Estuaries of California, and as an amendment to the Water Quality Control Plan for Oceans Waters of California.

Timeline

  • Project Timeline

    July 2014 January and February 2015 January 23, 2017 June 30, 2017 July 10, 2017 August 1, 2017 August 16, 2017 January 18, 2018 July 6, 2018 August 7, 2018
    Focus Group
    Outreach
    CEQA Scoping Scoping meeting on Water Quality Standards Variance Public Comment period began
    Staff workshop
    State Water Board Public Hearing
    Public Comment period ended Release of the Proposed Final Provisions, Staff Report, and Comment Summary and Responses Release of the Second Proposed Final Provisions, Staff Report, and Comment Summary and Responses State Water Board Meeting - Adopted

  • Effective Dates: The Bacteria Provisions are not yet in effect. The Provisions will become effective under state law upon approval by the Office of Administrative Law.  The water quality standards and policies that generally affect the application and implementation of water quality standards will not become effective for Clean Water Act purposes until approved by U.S. EPA.

Available Documents

Available Documents Associated with August 7, 2018 State Water Board Meeting

Previously Released Documents

  • Agenda Item and Draft Resolution for Adoption - (posted 01/26/2018)
  • Revised Proposed Final Part 3 of the Water Quality Control Plan for Inland Surface Waters, Enclosed Bays, and Estuaries of California—Bacteria Provisions and a Water Quality Standards Variance Policy - (posted 01/26/2018)
  • Revised Proposed Final Amendment to the Water Quality Control Plan for Ocean Waters of California—Bacteria Provisions and a Water Quality Standards Variance Policy - (posted 01/26/2018)
  • Updated Notice Of Document Availability - (posted 01/18/2018)
  • Proposed Final Part 3 of the Water Quality Control Plan for Inland Surface Waters, Enclosed Bays, and Estuaries of California—Bacteria Provisions and a Water Quality Standards Variance Policy - (posted 01/18/2018)
  • Proposed Final Amendment to the Water Quality Control Plan for Ocean Waters of California—Bacteria Provisions and a Water Quality Standards Variance Policy - (posted 01/18/2018)
  • Proposed Final Staff Report, including Substitute Environmental Documentation for the Bacteria Provisions - (posted 01/18/2018)
  • Comment Summary and Responses - (posted 01/18/2018)
  • Revised Notice of Consideration - (posted 12/01/2017)
  • Notice of Consideration - (posted 11/2/2017)
  • Comment Letters
  • Staff Workshop Power Point Presentation - (posted 07/10/2017)
  • Draft Staff Report - (posted 06/30/2017)
  • Draft Bacteria Provisions - (posted 06/30/2017)
  • Economics Analysis - (posted 06/27/2017)
  • Revised Notice of Opportunity for Public Comment, Staff Workshop, Public Hearing and Notice of Filing - (posted 06/15/2017)
  • Notice of Opportunity for Public Comment, Staff Workshop, Public Hearing and Notice of Filing - (posted 05/31/2017)
  • Notice of Variance Policy Scoping Meeting
  • Variance Policy Scoping Document
  • Variance Policy Scoping Meeting Power Point Presentation
  • Scoping Document - 2015
  • Scoping Notice - 2015
  • Scoping Meeting PowerPoint Presentation
  • CDPH Uniform Guidelines for Sewage Disinfection
  • Focus Group Outreach

    Focus Group Meeting were held to obtain early input on the scope of the proposed bacteria objectives.

    Existing statutes and regulations

    • Ocean Beaches AB 411, Chaptered into law in 1997 added Sections 115880-115915 to the California Health and Safety Code.
      These statutes (AB411 is the shorthand) are for the California beach water quality monitoring program that samples fecal indicator bacteria (FIB) and provides public notification if it is safe to swim based at 476 California coastal and San Francisco Bay saltwater beaches.
    • U.S. EPA Recreational Water Quality Criteria
      U.S. EPA's nationally recommended Recreational Water Quality Criteria (RWQC) protect human health in inland and coastal waters. The criteria are designed to protect primary contact recreation, such as swimming, surfing, and diving.
    • CDPH Beaches and Recreational Waters
      The California Department of Public Health provides links to the Regulations (based on AB411 statutes) and guidance material to assist local health agencies in addressing microbiological contamination of fresh and saltwater beaches and recreational waters.
    • US EPA Nationwide Bacteria Standards Protect Swimmers at Beaches
      A 2004 US EPA overview of the implementation of Beach safety programs nationwide based on the 2000 BEACH Act.

    Staff Contacts

    Stephanie Rose (Inland Waters)
    Stephanie.Rose@waterboards.ca.gov
    (916) 341-5574
    Karen Black (Ocean Waters)
    Karen.Black@waterboards.ca.gov
    (916) 341-6899

    Lori Webber, Program Manager
    Lori Webber@waterboards.ca.gov
    (916) 341-5736
     

     

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