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PUBLIC COMMENT & PARTICIPATION

Public Notices for TMDLs and Public Workshops

Public Participation Approaches

The Central Coast Region tries to foster public participation during all phases of TMDL development to address as many technical and social issues as possible early in the process. Each TMDL project will have a unique approach to public participation dependent on the size of the watershed, the nature of the problem, who and how many interested parties or stakeholders emerge, etc.  

Public Input Opportunities

There are informal and on-going ways to provide input to a TMDL. Public participation will typically take one or more of these forms: email and phone correspondence, occasional workshops, advisory committee meetings, Regional Board staff presentations at another organization's meetings, or, written requests for comments sent to an interested party mailing list. The main purposes for public participation are to inform people of TMDL status and progress, and to receive input on staff technical analyses, implementation strategies or any environmental impacts (for compliance with our requirements pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act).

Legal Public Comment

TMDLs that result in amendments to the Basin Plan, or other regulatory actions (such as establishment of a new permit), must be publicly announced for a formal public comment period and approved at a public hearing. Typically, this is conducted as part of one of the Regional Board's regular public meetings and is published in the agenda for that meeting. This provides an opportunity for written public comment on Draft TMDLs prior to Regional Board Meetings and an additional opportunity for verbal comment at a Regional Board Meeting before a TMDL is approved or implemented.

Information Solicitation for Listing

Bodies of water are listed as impaired after several steps.   One of the steps is the review of information and/or data by Regional Board staff pertaining to a body of water.   Regional Board staff will notify the public when the review process will occur, and publicly solicit information or data that would lead to a listing of a body of water.