Overview of Board Programs

Note that the Board accounts for staff resources in PY's, or "Person Years", which represent a single full-time employee of the Regional Board

Administrative Support

Program Manager: Kelli Garver

Overview of the Administrative Support Program

The Regional Board employs approximately 250 permanent employees and 40 temporary or part-time employees. Of those staff, 18 serve as our Administrative Section team. The Administrative Support Program provides administrative support for the management of 18 technical and regulatory programs across three offices (Rancho Cordova, Redding and Fresno) within the Central Valley Water Board.

Our Administrative program staff play a key role in our infrastructure, not only in the day-to-day operations, but also working within the regulatory program areas to ensure that our staffing resources are used efficiently. Our team is responsible for activities that are related to budget projection and tracking, contract/grant development and management, procurement, managing laboratory services, record keeping, billing, personnel/human resources, recruitment, physical distribution of mail/electronic content management, vehicle fleet, data management, and logistics.

Program Goals

The Administrative Support Program serves to support the Region's mission, initiatives and priorities by providing constant, reliable administrative assistance to our customers, both internally and externally, while applying the highest standards and ethics.

Resources

A total of 18 personnel years (PYs) has been allocated between all three office in the Central Valley Region for Fiscal Year 21/22: 6 PY in Fresno, 2 in Redding and 10 in the Rancho Cordova office.

FY 20/21 Accomplishments

  • Successfully initiated and processed approximately 130 Requests for Personnel Action (RPAs) through the Water Board's electronic RPA Bizflow system.
  • Efficiently processed and reconciled over 1,100 employee training requests, ensuring timely course registrations for external training courses and conferences.
  • Assisted technical programs in the production and remediation of over 1,000 web accessible documents.
  • During a remote telework environment, assisted with and completed over 10,000 mailouts.

Priorities 21/22

  • California Integrated Water Quality System (CIWQS) Data Management Support Project- Program staff will evaluate existing data entry practices and develop standardized data entry procedures. Staff will create a repository for guidance resources and materials to assist Central Valley Water Board staff with efficient and consistent data entry to achieve quality data, effective searches, and to avoid duplicate records. The Program anticipates this project to span more than one fiscal year with an overarching goal to improve data quality control and assurance.
  • Equipment Management – Program staff will continue to establish an internal tracking system and process to catalog/track equipment inventory in all three offices. and develop procedures/requirements for sending in equipment for maintenance to reduce equipment redundancy and ensure proper equipment safety/maintenance standards.

Permitting Programs

NPDES Program


Program Manager: Jim Marshall

Overview of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Program

The Clean Water Act's NPDES program is a federal program that U.S. EPA has delegated to the State of California. This program protects beneficial uses by regulating point source discharges of pollutants to surface waters. Point sources include wastewater treatment facilities, fish hatcheries, and industrial facilities that discharge through discrete conveyances (like pipes). NPDES permits are issued to individual facilities defined by U.S. EPA as "major" or "minor" depending on a facility's threat to water quality (e.g., the flow rate and/or the threat and complexity of the discharge). General NPDES permits can regulate numerous facilities with similar types of discharges. NPDES permits are updated every five years per federal regulations.

Program Goals

  • Regulate all point source discharges to waters of the United States to ensure protection of beneficial uses;
  • Timely renewal of permits; and
  • Where appropriate, the cost of compliance is considered when developing permit conditions.

Resources

Staff resources for the NPDES Program (25.7 "personnel years" or PYs) are allocated for permitting (15.4 PYs), compliance/enforcement (7.8 PYs), and management/support (2.5 PYs).

FY 20/21 Accomplishments

  • Permit Workload Leveling – Board staff began implementing a permit workload leveling management plan in FY 18/19 to establish a consistent permit workload to renew expiring permits. In FY 20/21, Board staff met the goal of 20 permit renewals for the third year running.
  • Statewide Toxicity Provisions – In December 2020, the State Water Board adopted new Statewide Toxicity Provisions. Regional Board staff developed permit language and staff guidance to begin implementing these new regulations.

Priorities 21/22

  • Permitting Efficiencies, Quality, and Consistency – Continue developing and implementing streamlining measures to reduce time needed to develop permits and to improve permit consistency and quality.
  • CV-SALTS Implementation – Staff will continue to work with permitees to implement the new salinity and nitrate requirements.
  • Data Quality Assurance – Staff continue to prioritize obtaining quality data for permitting decisions. Staff will perform mid-permit reviews to identify data issues early, and will request that permitees resolve data quality issues before they are required to submit renewal applications to the Board.

Waste Discharge to Land Program


Program Manager: Scott Hatton

Overview of the Waste Discharge to Land Program

The Waste Discharge to Land Program primarily regulates waste discharges that may affect groundwater quality. The Program is the oldest state water quality control program, covering a wide variety of discharges. In the Central Valley, the Program regulates wastewater (sewage) treatment facilities, food processing industries (including wineries), wastewater recycling, sand and gravel mines, and other industries that discharge non-hazardous wastes. The Program currently regulates over 1,400 facilities.

Program Goals

In order to protect the quality of the water within the Central Valley, the Waste Discharge to Land Program's core activities include expediting the completion of new or revised individual permits, identifying and enrolling new dischargers under existing orders, and developing new general orders to consistently and expeditiously regulate classes of dischargers.

The Waste Discharge to Land Program is at the forefront of CV SALTS implementation. This will include coordination with CV-SALTS program staff to review submittals and the development of numerous modified permits to implement the Nitrate and Salt Control Programs. This Program is also responsible for implementing the Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems Policy, and includes staff that are working on developing wastewater consolidation projects.

Resources

There currently are 23 PYs in the Program. The majority of these resources (15.26 PYs) are dedicated to permitting work, while the remainder is allocated to compliance and enforcement work.

FY 20/21 Accomplishments

  • The Board adopted 9 individual permits.
  • 60 discharges were enrolled under existing general orders.
  • Reviewed multiple technical reports submitted by dischargers seeking to modify their permits or that have upgraded their facilities.
  • Issued several new or modified monitoring and reporting programs and issued directives requiring unpermitted dischargers to submit Reports of Waste Discharge to have their discharges covered by the Program.
  • Reviewed multiple groundwater monitoring workplans from Publicly Owned Treatment Works in response to the per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) monitoring Order issued by the State Water Board.

Priorities 21/22

  • Implement the CV-SALTS Nitrate and Salt Control Programs by coordinating with CV-SALTS staff, reviewing technical submittals, and developing permit language.
  • Permitting efficiency, consistency, and quality.
  • Develop new region-wide general orders for domestic wastewater treatment facilities, nut dryers and hullers, and food processors.
  • Continue to provide input on state-wide projects.

Water Quality Certification Program


Program Manager: Bryan Smith

Overview of the Water Quality Certifications Program

The Water Quality Certification program regulates the removal or placement of materials in wetlands and waterways. Examples of such projects include navigational dredging, flood control channelization, levee construction, channel clearing, fill of wetlands for development, bridge piers, docks, etc. These types of projects generally require a Clean Water Act Section 404 permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), and the State's Water Quality Certification is issued pursuant to Section 401 of the Clean Water Act. The Water Quality Certification includes enforceable provisions to ensure that the project meets State water quality requirements. The program also implements the State Water Board's new Dredge/Fill Procedures.

Program Goals

The goal of the Program is to protect the integrity of high resource value wetlands, riparian areas, and headwaters. The program is involved with protection of special-status species and regulation of hydromodification impacts. The program implements the State and Federal Wetlands No Net Loss Policies, which seek to avoid, reduce, and mitigate impacts. The program seeks to first avoid project impacts, and then minimize and compensate for unavoidable impacts.

Resources

The Central Valley Water Board has 13.15 PYs to implement the program.

FY 20/21 Accomplishments

  • Reviewed applications for 202 projects, issued 294 actions, and conducted 13 inspections.
  • Participated on the Inter-Agency Review Team for the the Central Valley In-Lieu Fee Program.
  • Adopted and issued elements to implement the Placer County Habitat Conservation Plan.
  • Participated on a multi-agency transportation task force implementing AB1282 to streamline permitting for Caltrans projects.
  • Continued to develop a general permit to regulate maintenance dredging activities.
  • Trained program staff and began implementation of State Water Board's new Dredge/Fill Procedures, as well as new rules from the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.

Priorities 21/22

  • Implement the Dredge/Fill Procedures adopted by the State Water Board and the new U.S. Army Corp of Engineers rules.
  • Review applications, issue certification actions, and conduct targeted inspections on a projected 300 projects.
  • Continue implementation of permitting efforts to support Habitat Conservation Plans.
  • Adopt a new general order for maintenance dredging.
  • Continue to participate on a multi-agency transportation task force implementing AB1282 to streamline permitting for Caltrans projects.
  • Continue to participate in development of a general order for utility wildfire mitigation projects and implementation of wildfire mitigation management plans under SB 901.

Storm Water Program


Program Manager: Bryan Smith

Overview of the Storm Water Program

The Storm Water Program implements National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits to regulate the discharge of pollutants in storm water to waters of the U.S. The program is divided into three main areas of activity: construction (including Caltrans projects), industrial, and municipal. The permits require implementation of Best Management Practices (BMPs) and other program elements and controls to minimize the discharge of pollutants, and require visual and chemical monitoring. Board staff review monitoring and other program reports, conduct compliance inspections and audits, and conduct enforcement activities as needed.

Program Goals

The goal of the Program is to prevent discharges of pollutants in storm water and non-storm water running off of construction, industrial, and municipal areas. Pollutants frequently associated with storm water discharges include sediment, petroleum products, pesticides/herbicides, metals, bacteria, trash and other debris. Program staff review individual projects, make site-specific recommendations, and ensure compliance with pertinent regulations and policies through inspections and enforcement. Staff pursue water quality protection at construction and industrial sites through a strong field presence and through a close review of reports and monitoring data. Staff pursue water quality protection associated with MS4 discharges by ensuring approved management plans are being implemented and are effective.

Resources

The Central Valley Water Board has 11.75 PYs to implement the program.

FY 20/21 Accomplishments

  • Maintained a strong field presence and conducted 396 Construction inspections, 231 Industrial inspections, and 75 Municipal inspections/audits.
  • Worked with MS4 permittees on development of Storm Water Management Plan elements.
  • Participated in a multi-agency trash cleanups in waterways.
  • Supported implementation of sediment and erosion control measures and water quality assessments in areas affected by wildfires.
  • Coordinated with the Planning section on implementation of the Pyrethroids Control Program.

Priorities 21/22

  • Maintain a strong field presence and conduct at least 385 Construction inspections, 195 Industrial inspections, and inspect/audit Municipal programs as projects come up for review and as program elements are developed.
  • Continue working with MS4 permittees on development, and review and approval of Storm Water Management Plan elements.
  • Begin work for renewal of the Regionwide Municipal General Permit.
  • Review and approve plans for capture of municipal trash, and support development of strategies to promote watershed-level trash cleanups.
  • Support implementation of the Pyrethroids Control Program by reviewing and approving monitoring plans and management plans.

Planning, Monitoring and Assessment

Basin Planning Program


Program Manager: Meredith Howard

Overview of the Basin Planning Program

Water Quality Control Plans or "Basin Plans" provide the foundation for all Central Valley Water Board regulatory actions. Basin Plans identify beneficial uses of surface and ground waters, water quality objectives to protect those uses, implementation actions to achieve objectives and monitoring and surveillance programs to ensure implementation actions are effective. The TMDL, Delta, and CV-SALTS programs all fall within the greater Basin Planning Program. There are two Basin Plans for the Central Valley Region: one for the Sacramento and San Joaquin River Basins, and one for the Tulare Lake Basin.

Program Goals

The goals of the Planning Program are to establish regulatory policies, frameworks and programs that will preserve and enhance water quality and protect beneficial uses of water. Ultimately, many Planning Program projects result in amendments to the Basin Plans that provide the foundation for all Regional Board regulatory actions. The Basin Planning Program conducts a Triennial Review, which is a public process conducted every three years to ensure that the Basin Plans address public concerns and continue to be effective at meeting program goals.

Resources

The resources for this program are 9 PYs, 5 PYs of which are allocated to the Central Valley Salinity Alternatives for Long-Term Sustainability (CV-SALTS).

FY 20/21 Accomplishments

  • Continued implementation of priority projects including CV-SALTS, Tribal Beneficial Use (TBU) Designations, beneficial use de-designation basin plan amendments, Pit River Evaluation, and Regional Temperature Criteria Development.
  • Developed region-wide assessment workplan focused on evaluation of biostimulatory and biointegrity impacts and coordinated efforts with State Water Board.
  • Developed and began implementation of harmful algal bloom beneficial use assessment.
  • Developed a process for TBU designations and held several Tribal and public stakeholder meetings.
  • Issued the 2021 Triennial Review Solicitation Notice and began developing workplan.
  • Continued Tribal coordination efforts within the region and coordinated with State Water Board.

Priorities 21/22

  • Continue to allocate resources to implement the CV-SALTS Program.
  • Continue implementation of prioritized Triennial Review projects including Tribal Beneficial Uses, Regional Temperature Criteria Development, and the Pit River Evaluation.
  • Develop basin plan amendments to address beneficial use de-designations.
  • Implement region-wide assessment workplan to evaluate biostimulatory and biointegrity impacts and continue participation in State Water Board development of the Biostimulatory Biointegrity Policy.
  • Add Tribal Beneficial Uses definitions to the Basin Plans and implement process to designate waterbodies.
  • Complete the 2021 Triennial Review process.
  • Continue Tribal coordination efforts within the region and coordinate with State Water Board.

Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL) Program


Program Manager: Meredith Howard

Overview of the TMDL Program

Clean Water Act section 303(d) requires States to develop a list of surface water bodies that do not meet water quality standards (called the 303(d) list), and to establish pollutant load reduction targets (total maximum daily loads, or TMDLs) or equivalent alternative control programs necessary to attain water quality standards. TMDLs establish numeric targets to attain applicable water quality standards, establish waterbodies' maximum allowable pollutant loads consistent with those targets, and allocate allowable loads among the pollutant sources. In California, TMDLs must include implementation plans to achieve pollutant load reductions.

Program Goals

The goal of the TMDL program is to protect and restore surface waters through water quality assessments to identify impairments and through the development of implementation plans to address those impairments. This goal is accomplished through the development and implementation of TMDLs and control programs that address 303(d) impairment listings. The program has focused on the highest priority pollutants and stressors including pesticides, mercury, salt, selenium, low dissolved oxygen and nutrients. The TMDL program addresses and updates 303(d) listings, develops programs that prevent potential future 303(d) listings and address current listings, and documents when existing control programs preclude the need for TMDLs.

Resources

The TMDL Program has 8 PYs allocated that include 2.3 PYs for Integrated Report, and 4 PYs and 1.3 PYs for Mercury and Pesticide TMDLs, respectively.

FY 20/21 Accomplishments

  • Supported State Water Board's public process for the 2018 Integrated Report, completed decisions and prepared staff report for the 2020/2022 Integrated Report, and initiated region-wide water quality assessment for the 2024 Integrated Report.
  • Continued implementation of existing priority TMDL and related control programs including Pyrethroids in the Central Valley, Mercury in the Delta, Low Dissolved Oxygen and Salt and Boron TMDLs in the San Joaquin River.
  • Conducted a CEQA scoping meeting and public workshop and continued data analysis for the Delta Methylmercury TMDL reconsideration.
  • Continued implementation of the Pyrethroid TMDL, including review of baseline monitoring plans and QAPPs and provided guidance to stakeholders.

Priorities 21/21

  • Continued implementation of existing priority TMDLs and related control programs including those for Pyrethroids in the Central Valley, Mercury in the Delta, low Dissolved Oxygen and Salt and Boron TMDLs in the San Joaquin River.
  • Continue to support the adoption of the 2020/2022 Integrated Report, develop 2024 Integrated Report, and update the 303(d) list of impaired waterbodies.
  • Continue revision of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Methylmercury TMDL including completion of the linkage and source allocation analysis with new data and begin stakeholder public meetings.
  • Review management and mitigation plans submitted to the Board and draft the Research Plan as part of the requirements of the Pyrethroid Pesticide TMDL.
  • Revise the Clear Lake Nutrient TMDL based on current state of scientific knowledge and updated information received by the Board.

The Delta Program


Program Manager: Meredith Howard

Overview of the Delta Program

The objectives of the Delta Program are to improve and protect water quality in the Sacramento San Joaquin River Delta through Central Valley Water Board actions and to coordinate with other agencies. This includes the development and implementation of total maximum daily load control programs and the assessment of data relative to water quality objectives. Actions are guided by the Central Valley Water Board's 2014 Delta Strategic Work Plan and the Delta Nutrient Research Plan.

The Delta Program includes the Delta Regional Monitoring Program, a stakeholder-directed program formed to collect and evaluate data to improve understanding of Delta water quality issues.

Program Goals

  • Coordinate with State and San Francisco Bay Water Boards regarding planning and permits affecting the Delta;
  • Work with other agencies and entities that have jurisdiction over various actions in the Delta to ensure improvement and protection of Delta water quality;
  • Manage the Delta Regional Monitoring Program, including communication of management needs, participation on program committees and development and implementation of monitoring studies;
  • Implement monitoring, research, and assessments to determine water quality conditions and impacts, including pesticides, metals, and eutrophication; and apply understanding of current status to forecast future conditions and impacts.
  • Implement the 2014 Delta Strategic Work Plan

Resources

There are 2 PYs allocated to the Delta Program, mostly allocated to the Delta Regional Monitoring Program and the Delta Nutrient Research Plan.

FY 20/21 Accomplishments

  • Delta Nutrient Research Plan
    • Compiled data and developed mass load estimates of phosphorus and nitrogen in the Delta from 2008-2019.
    • Continued field monitoring efforts for harmful algal bloom projects in the Delta.
    • Investigated potential and conducted experiments for harmful algal bloom mitigation approach in Discovery Bay.
    • Secured funds for monitoring and research to implement Nutrient Research Plan.
    • Coordinated with State-wide Biostimulatory Amendments and San Francisco Bay nutrient management programs.
  • Delta Regional Monitoring Program (RMP)
    • Continued to manage and implement RMP, developed monitoring plans for mercury, nutrients, contaminants of emerging concern, harmful algal blooms, and pesticides.
    • Reviewed technical reports on monitoring data.
    • Assessed program governance and developed new program structure based on current program needs.

Priorities 21/22

  • Continue to manage the Delta RMP and develop and implement monitoring workplans.
  • Continue to implement the new Delta RMP structure and update permits and orders accordingly.
  • Continue to implement the Delta Nutrient Research Plan, including new studies on nutrients, harmful algal blooms (HAB) and HAB toxins.
  • Complete the mercury mass load estimates and develop summary report.
  • Community outreach to Stockton stakeholders and participate in Stockton Joint Task Force.

CV-SALTS Program


Program Manager: Anne Walters

Overview of the CV-SALTS Program

The Central Valley Salinity Alternatives for Long-Term Sustainability (CV-SALTS) initiative is a stakeholder-driven effort that developed a regulatory framework to address legacy and ongoing salt and nitrate accumulation. In 2018, the Board established the Salt and Nitrate Control Programs. Implementation of the new nitrate regulations began in May 2020 and implementation of the new salinity regulations began in January 2021.

Program Goals

The overarching management goals and priorities of the Salt and Nitrate Control Program are:

  1. Ensure safe drinking water supply
  2. Reduce salt and nitrate loading so that ongoing discharges neither threaten to degrade high quality waters nor cause or contribute to exceedances of water quality objectives
  3. Implement long-term, managed restoration of impaired water bodies

To meet these prioritized goals, the Salt and Nitrate Control Programs have been phased with specific implementation activities required for salt and another set of implementation activities required for nitrate. Both implementation approaches provide permittees the option to select their means of compliance: either through a conservative permitting approach focused on individual source control or through an alternative coordinated, multi-discharger management approach.

Resources

In 21/22, the CV-SALTS Program has 4.85 PY shared between 6 staff in the Rancho Cordova office and 2 staff in the Fresno office.

FY 20/21 Accomplishments

  • Revisions to the Salt and Nitrate Control Program were adopted by the Central Valley Water Board in December 2020 and approved by the State Water Board in June 2021.
  • Notices to Comply for the Salt Control Program were mailed out to permittees throughout the region in January 2021. Staff subsequently responded to hundreds of email and phone inquiries.
  • Preliminary Management Zone Proposals and Early Actions Plans were received from six Priority 1 basins in the Nitrate Control Program in March 2020.
  • Implementation of Early Action Plans to provide replacement drinking water to communities impacted by nitrate began in May 2021.
  • Staff provided ongoing coordination and outreach with internal program managers, State Water Board, CV-SALTS Executive Committee, and other public stakeholders.

Priorities 21/22

  • Obtain final basin plan approvals for the revisions to the Salt and Nitrate Control Program with the Office of Administrative Law and U.S. EPA.
  • Staff will continue to support program implementation and compliance activities which include responding to inquiries, tracking and reviewing document submittals, oversight of Early Action Plan and other Management Zone activities, updating permits, and taking enforcement action as required by the program.
  • Staff will continue to coordinate and participate with stakeholder activities, like public workshops, educational outreach and ongoing CV-SALTS team meetings.
  • Staff will participate in Prioritization and Optimization Study activities for the Salt Control Program.
  • Staff will continue to coordinate and participate with stakeholder activities, like public workshops, educational outreach and ongoing CV-SALTS team meetings.

Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP)


Program Manager: Anne Walters

Overview of the SWAMP Program

The California Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) was created to fulfill the legislative mandate for a unifying program that would coordinate all surface water quality monitoring conducted by the State and Regional Water Boards. The SWAMP program conducts water quality monitoring directly and through collaborative partnerships, and provides numerous reports, fact sheets and tools, all designed to support water resource management in California. SWAMP monitoring projects assess overall water quality status and trends, identify water quality problems and potential sources, and evaluate program effectiveness.

Program Goals

The Central Valley Water Board has four overarching goals for its SWAMP efforts; 1) evaluate ambient water quality, beneficial use protection, and potential sources of impairment; 2) evaluate effectiveness of the Water Board water quality improvement policies; 3) coordinate internal and external monitoring efforts to leverage limited resources; and 4) ensure timely availability of monitoring results.

Resources

In 21/22, the SWAMP program has 5 PY shared between 7 staff in the Rancho Cordova office, 1 staff in the Redding office, and 3 staff in the Fresno office.

FY 20/21 Accomplishments

  • Completed Phase 1 of the bacteria source identification monitoring in the Lower American River.
  • Conducted summer recreational beneficial use assessments in the Delta and the Upper San Joaquin River and Lower Kings River watersheds.
  • Continued to support monitoring efforts with the Delta Regional Monitoring Program and the Delta Nutrient Research Plan.
  • Continued to support Harmful Algal Bloom incident response monitoring.
  • Supported the long-term coordinated trend monitoring project in the Sacramento River Watershed in collaboration with the Department of Water Resources.
  • Deployed continuous temperature loggers at areas upstream of the Pine Flat dam in the Upper Kings River Watershed to support Central Valley Water Board's Climate Change Work Plan.

Priorities 21/22

  • Initiate Phase 2 of the bacteria source identification monitoring in the Lower American River and initiate a new bacteria source identification monitoring study in the Lone Tree Creek watershed.
  • Implement a provenance study for the regular harmful algal blooms in the Hensley and Eastman Lakes.
  • Support statewide Harmful Algal Bloom Program efforts.
  • Continue summer recreational beneficial use assessments in the Upper San Joaquin River watershed and the Lower Kings River watershed.
  • Provide lab contract support for Delta Regional Monitoring Program efforts.
  • Continue to support the long-term coordinated trend monitoring project in the Sacramento River Watershed.
  • Update online monitoring maps and data portals weekly for the public.
  • Submit surface water quality data to the California Environmental Data Exchange Network (CEDEN).

Nonpoint Source Program


Program Manager: Jennifer LaBay

Overview of the Nonpoint Source Program

Nonpoint source pollution is the leading cause of water quality impairments in California. The primary nonpoint sources in the Central Valley include runoff and percolation from land use activities related to agriculture, timber harvests, cannabis cultivation, abandoned mines, recreation, and urban and rural development.

Program Goals

The goal of the Central Valley Nonpoint Source Program (NPS Program) is to restore waters impacted by NPS pollution and protect unimpaired water bodies by assessing problem sources and implementing management programs.

The Central Valley NPS Program implements the statewide California Nonpoint Source Program Implementation Plan for 2020-2025 (Six-Year Implementation Plan), which was approved by US EPA in November 2020. The purpose of this plan is to improve the State's ability to effectively manage NPS pollution and conform to the requirements of the federal Clean Water Act and, where applicable, the federal Coastal Zone Act Reauthorization Amendments. The Six-Year Implementation Plan focuses on impaired water bodies and water bodies that face immediate water quality threats from new and expanding development.

Resources

NPS Program activities funded by federal 319(h) resources are implemented by six different units spread across all three offices in the Region. For FY21/22, 3.3 PY are allocated amongst eleven staff positions. No staff position is fully funded by the federal 319(h) resources; PY allocations per person range from 0.1 PY to 0.7 PY.

FY 20/21 Accomplishments

  • Obtained phosphorus load information from all of the Clear Lake Nutrient TMDL responsible parties.
  • Continued to participate in the Clear Lake Blue Ribbon Committee and helped identify funding for watershed projects.
  • Coordinated on Camp Fire recovery projects, including assessment of BMPs and Hazard Tree removal efforts.
  • Completed annual updates to the list of surface waters with Surface Water Quality Management Plans (SQMPs) and their status for Pesticide TMDLs, Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program (ILRP) Pesticide Management Plans, and for the San Joaquin River Selenium TMDL

Priorities 21/22

  • TMDL Implementation
    • Review management plans associated with the Central Valley Pyrethroids TMDL and Control Program
    • Assist with CV-SALTS implementation and oversee the San Joaquin River (SJR) Salt and Boron TMDL implementation
    • Oversee dissolved oxygen aeration activities in the Stockton Deep Water Ship Channel per the SJR Dissolved Oxygen TMDL
    • Review semi-annual data submittals, annual monitoring reports, and SQMPs for pesticides and selenium
  • Post-fire Erosion & Sediment Control
    • Data gathering associated with the North Complex Fire
    • Oversee Watershed Based Plan implementation for Battle Creek watershed
  • Manage three 319(h) Grants
    • Manage two 319(h) grants and execute one new 319(h) grant
    • Outreach to stakeholders for the 2022 solicitation

Special Permitting Programs

Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program


Program Manager: Sue McConnell

Overview of the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program

In the Central Valley region, there are over 30,000 irrigated agricultural operations on over 6 million acres of land. The Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program (ILRP) regulates these operations to protect beneficial uses of surface and groundwater.

Growers who are part of a third-party group (coalitions) are regulated under one commodity-specific and seven geographic General Orders. There are 14 coalitions assisting growers comply with the General Orders. There is also a General Order for growers who choose to be regulated individually.

Coalitions monitor waters of the State and develop management plans to address water quality problems, while growers implement practices to protect water quality.

Program Goals

The goal of the ILRP is to prevent discharges from irrigated lands from causing adverse impacts to beneficial uses in surface and groundwater through Order implementation, appropriate compliance, outreach, enforcement, and coordination with all stakeholders. This includes working to implement the human right to safe, clean, affordable, and accessible water while also acknowledging the value of a healthy and sustainable irrigated agricultural industry in the Central Valley.

Implementation of the General Orders includes oversight of coalition and grower activities and management of water quality data. Compliance and outreach activities include maximizing grower enrollment and Order compliance. Coordination is facilitated through regular stakeholder meetings and other venues.

Resources

The Board has 18.3 PYs dedicated to this program. About 60% of the resources go to planning, monitoring and implementation activities as well as program management. This includes implementation of the Salt and Nitrate Control Program requirements and development of alternative regulatory frameworks for low threat irrigated agricultural activities. About 40% of the resources fund compliance and outreach activities, which include oversight of the on-farm drinking water well monitoring requirements.

FY 20/21 Accomplishments

  • Updated 8 ILRP General Orders to include Salt and Nitrate Control Program requirements.
  • Completed external review of the East San Joaquin surface water monitoring framework.
  • Approved 19 surface water quality management plan completions, based on water quality data documenting compliance, coalition outreach and grower implementation of management practices.
  • Expanded on-farm drinking water well monitoring program to include members from 11 agricultural coalitions, resulting in over 7,000 wells monitored, with data publicly available on GeoTracker.
  • Approved a consistent Groundwater Protection Formula methodology for the Region.
  • Conducted virtual stakeholder meetings for the Grassland Bypass Project and the ILRP.

Priority Projects 21/22

  • Implement recently-adopted Salt and Nitrate Control Program requirements.
  • Develop alternative ILRP regulatory frameworks for low-risk commodity types – bring proposed Goose Lake and managed wetlands exemptions to the Central Valley Water Board for consideration.
  • Expand on-farm drinking water well monitoring program to include members from all 14 agricultural coalitions.
  • Review and approve of Groundwater Protection Values and updated Groundwater Quality Management Plans.
  • Review and implement recommendations from the external review of the East San Joaquin Coalition's surface water monitoring framework.

Oil Field Program


Program Manager: W. Dale Harvey

Overview of the Oil Field Program

Most California oil production occurs in the Central Valley. Formation water produced with the oil, known as produced wastewater, comprises the largest volume of wastes generated by oil production. Produced wastewater is typically saline, and is disposed of by land application (primarily ponds) or by underground injection. Some is recycled on crops. Other oil field (OF) wastes include drilling muds and solids and sludges generated when tanks and equipment are cleaned.

The Oil Field Program employs 19 staff to regulate produced wastewater disposal and reuse, underground injection control (UIC) practices, and well stimulation practices (SB4) to ensure the protection of water quality.

Program Goals

Oil Field produced wastewater is often high in salts and boron, and can contain significant amounts of organic compounds. Discharges to land have the potential to adversely impact beneficial use waters. Similarly, improperly sited underground injection control wells and stimulated wells have the potential to adversely impact beneficial use waters. The goal of the Oil Field Program is to properly regulate oil field discharges and oversee monitoring activities to ensure the protection of surface and groundwaters and human health. This includes issuing effective regulatory orders for discharges to land and reviewing proposed aquifer exemption applications, UIC permits, and SB4 related groundwater monitoring programs to ensure permitted activities are protective of water quality.

Resources

The Central Valley Water Board has approximately 18 PY dedicated to oilfield regulatory activities. 9 PY regulate discharges to land, primarily ponds. 5 PY regulate underground injection activities, and 4 PY regulate groundwater monitoring efforts to ensure enhanced oil recovery projects (fracking, acidification, steam injection) do not impact usable water sources.

FY 20/21 Accomplishments

  • Issued five orders requiring West Side operators to assess whether injected fluids have migrated outside approved oilfield boundaries, one investigatory to a pond operator in the Coalinga oil field requiring information about potential impacts, and two orders operators in the Midway Sunset oil field requiring permit applications.
  • Enrolled six dischargers under Oil Field General Orders.
  • Approved three pond closure plans and requested three pond sampling/closure plans from other operators. Issued four pond closure/no further action letters.
  • Conducted 49 inspections.
  • Reviewed six aquifer exemptions.
  • Inspected 64 facilities.
  • Reviewed six aquifer exemptions.
  • Issued 44 UIC project review letters.
  • Reviewed 9 SB4 applications, reviewed 12 SB4 groundwater monitoring plans and • 10 SB4 groundwater monitoring reports.
  • Presented the Food Safety Expert Panel White Paper at Board public meeting.

Priorities 21/22

  • Continue to enrolling dischargers with outdated requirements under newer general orders.
  • Close inactive ponds in a manner that is protective of water quality.
  • Pursuing appropriate enforcement for oil field-related violations, including, but not limited to, violations of Basin Plan prohibitions, waste discharge requirements and general orders, and spills/leaks and other unpermitted discharges.
  • Review pond facilities that threaten beneficial use waters.
  • Finalizing the Food Safety Expert Panel project.
  • Reviewing aquifer exemptions and proposed UIC projects to ensure the protection of water quality.
  • Review well stimulation permit applications, requests for monitoring exclusions, groundwater monitoring programs, and monitoring reports to protect water quality.

Land Disposal Program


Program Manager: Robert Busby

Overview of the Land Disposal Program

The Land Disposal Program regulates the land discharge of solid and liquid wastes to prevent water quality impacts. These wastes include municipal solid waste, hazardous wastes, designated wastes (such as petroleum-impacted soils), and nonhazardous and inert solid wastes. In general, these wastes cannot be discharged directly to the ground surface without impacting groundwater or surface water and, therefore, they must be contained at facilities that prohibit the wastes from migrating to groundwater. The facilities are regulated pursuant to Title 27 (nonhazardous wastes) or Chapter 15 of Title 23 of the California Code of Regulations (hazardous wastes).

Program Goals

The primary goal of the program is to protect groundwater and surface water quality from contaminants associated with landfills, liquid waste surface impoundments and other waste containment units. The program achieves this goal by ensuring permits are kept up to date with applicable regulations and by implementing timely enforcement where necessary.

Resources

A total of 14.26 PYs are allocated to the program, with 6.00 PYs directed to compliance and enforcement activities and 8.26 to permitting.

FY 20/21 Accomplishments

  • 8 individual permits adopted by the Board.
  • Additional dischargers enrolled under the Composting General Order. A total of 26 composting facilities are now enrolled in the General Order.
  • 23 permitting and construction-related inspections were performed
  • Completed the draft final revised Municipal Solid Waste WDR template – pending ADA related updates.

Priority Projects 21/22

  • Adopt 17 individual permits.
  • Conduct 29 permitting and construction-related inspections.
  • Ensure that composting facilities comply with CV-SALTS requirements.
  • Implement Lean-6-Sigma style exercises to improve unit performance (as available).
  • Initiate transition of permitting staff to oversee compliance efforts.

Confined Animal Facilities Program


Program Manager: Doug Patteson

Overview of the Confined Animal Facilities Program

The Central Valley is home to a variety of agricultural operations that rely on animals (cows, steers, sheep, goats, pigs, and poultry). Confined Animal Facilities (CAFs) are ranches where livestock are held and provided food for a significant part of the time, as opposed to grazing, where livestock eat forage that grows in pastures or rangeland. Federally defined Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) are a subset of CAFs that may threaten to discharge wastes to waters that are under Clean Water Act jurisdiction. Most CAFs in the Central Valley do not discharge to surface waters and are therefore regulated under the Water Code, not federal authority. Most CAFs in the Central Valley are dairies. There are also a significant number of feedlots (beef cattle and support stock for dairies) and poultry facilities.

Program Goals

The goal of the CAF Program is to ensure the human right to safe, clean, affordable, and accessible water by protecting waters potentially affected by discharges from CAFs while preserving the benefits of a healthy and sustainable livestock industry. To achieve this, our objective is to protect surface water and groundwater resources by regulating discharges from CAFs.

Discharges from CAFs include manure, wastewater, and storm water runoff that may contain waste constituents. The primary constituents of concern in these discharges are salts and nitrogen (particularly nitrate leaching to groundwater). Permits regulating CAFs typically include requirements for animal housing and corrals, production areas, ponds or lagoons, and land application areas (cropland).

Resources

There are 12 staff working full time in the CAF Program, supplemented by 3 other staff with a percentage of their time dedicated to the Program, for a total of about 14 PYs. Most Program staff generally spend about 70 percent of their time on compliance and enforcement activities, and about 30 percent on permitting activities. Permitting activities include drafting or amending orders and enrolling facilities under general orders.

FY 20/21 Accomplishments

  • Worked with CV-SALTS management zones and Salinity Coalition representatives to develop a process for CAFs to participate as members of third-party industry groups. Met with industry representatives to facilitate outreach to assist individual dischargers in complying with CV-SALTS notices to comply.
  • Conducted 291 inspections, exceeding the FY2020/2021 performance target of 275.
  • Issued four formal enforcement orders for off-property discharges from dairies or for over-applying to land application areas and began two additional similar investigations.
  • Reviewed and commented on several remediation work plans from dairies in areas of shallow groundwater.
  • Participated in the California Department of Food and Agriculture's grant program for dairy digesters and other manure management practices that reduce short-lived climate pollutants and to streamline the permitting of manure digesters and co-digesters. Participated in the planning and permitting of several dairy digester projects.

Priorities 21/22

  • Conduct at least 275 CAF inspections, including dairies, poultry facilities, and feedlots.
  • Participate in the State Water Board's petition review of the current Dairy General Order.
  • Prioritize enforcement against unpermitted off-site discharges of waste, as well as enforcement of the requirements for groundwater monitoring and nitrogen management planning at dairies, full-coverage poultry facilities, and full-coverage bovine feedlots.
  • Prioritize compliance with previously issued directives to dairies in areas of shallow groundwater to determine separation between pond bottom and highest anticipated level of groundwater. Issue directives to dairies in additional areas of potentially shallow groundwater.
  • Conduct outreach and enforcement if necessary, for notices to comply and participation in the CV-SALTS Nitrogen and Salt Management Programs.
  • Continue to coordinate with California Department of Food and Agriculture's on their grant program to promote digesters and alternative manure management technologies.

Mines Program


Program Manager: Kate Burger

Overview of the Mines Program

Central Valley Water Board staff regulate 106 mine sites with known or potential water quality impacts. This is a subset of the 47,000 abandoned mine sites with physical and/or environmental hazards identified throughout California by the Department of Conservation. Most mine sites regulated by the Central Valley Water Board are closed and abandoned mines that have not operated for decades, at a minimum, with some mines inactive for more than 100 years. Discharges of waste from these mine sites can have devastating effects on receiving waters and can significantly limit or obliterate beneficial uses for miles downstream. Primary pollutants from mine sites include low pH and heavy metals.

Program Goals

The Mines Program oversees the discharges of waste from active and inactive mines. Discharges from active mines, or mines that are closing or under post-closure care, are regulated through the issuance of waste discharge requirements (WDRs). The ultimate programmatic goal for inactive mines (including abandoned mines) is to eliminate surface water and groundwater impacts from past mining and prevent further degradation of waters of the State. Mines are regulated primarily by Title 27 of the California Code of Regulations, State Water Resources Control Board Resolution 92-49, and other laws and regulations for the closure of mine sites and cleanup. Cleanup actions may be facilitated using voluntary agreements, permitting mechanisms or via enforcement orders.

Resources

During FY21/22, a total of 7.4 PY has been allocated towards Mines Program oversight, of which 5.8 PY is directed towards permitting, compliance and enforcement.

FY 20/21 Accomplishments

  • Staff inspected 23 mines to assess site conditions and compliance, assist with permit development, and monitor construction activities. The status of one of these mines was changed from "unknown" to "compliance underway".
  • Staff updated the Board's approach to ranking the water quality threat posed by each mine on the Board's list of 106 mines. Staff completed preliminary rankings of 30 mines using the updated approach.
  • The Board issued multiple permit amendments/renewals to enhance water quality protections for certain mine sites.
  • At Bully Hill/Rising Star Mines, staff selected site hardening projects.

Priorities 21/22

  • Assess five sites classified as having unknown status on the Board's list of 106 mines.
  • Conduct 19 site assessment, compliance, permit development and construction inspections.
  • Renew one NPDES permit and one non-NPDES permit.
  • At Bully Hill/Rising Star Mines, prepare design and construction documents for the site hardening projects selected in FY20/21.
  • At Sulphur Bank Mercury Mine, work with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies on remedy selection.
  • Continue applying the Board's updated approach to ranking mines on the Central Valley Water Board's list of 106 mines.
  • Continue developing a long-term management strategy for closed mine sites.

Cannabis Program


Program Manager: Jason Schroeder, PG

Overview of the Cannabis Program

The Central Valley Water Board's Cannabis Regulatory Program regulates waste discharges associated with cannabis cultivation and related ground disturbance activities. The Program is implemented through the Principals and Guidelines for Cannabis Cultivation (Policy) and the statewide Cannabis Cultivation General Order. Board staff engage in coordinated multi-agency workgroups for permitting actions, compliance inspections, and if necessary, targeted enforcement actions against cultivators who fail to comply with permitting requirements. Cannabis Regulatory Program staff regularly coordinate with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, state cannabis licensing agencies, local regulatory agencies, and state and local law enforcement agencies.

Program Goals

The Cannabis Regulatory Program focuses on four core objectives:

  • Increase enrollments in the General Order;
  • Perform targeted enforcement in high-value watersheds;
  • Continue education and outreach to cultivators;
  • Coordinate with other agencies at the state and local level

Through implementation of these objectives, the Program strives to prevent cultivation activities from negatively impacting water quality. Impacts stem from: erosion and sediment discharge associated with ground disturbing activities including cultivation pads, access roads, and dam construction; use and improper storage of fertilizers, pesticides, and fuels; improper septage disposal, and poor housekeeping. Through implementation of the statewide Cannabis Cultivation Policy and General Order, and the Program's core objectives and proper best management practices, impacts to water quality can be prevented.

Resources

The Cannabis Regulatory Program is currently supported by 7.5 PY, with 6 PY invested in technical staff and 1.5 PY in managerial staff.

FY 20/21 Accomplishments

Throughout Fiscal Year 20/21, the Cannabis Regulatory Program was successful in meeting most of its goals and objectives. These include:

  • Enrollment of 444 cultivators under the statewide General Order,
  • 13 outreach events,
  • 16 permit compliance inspections,
  • 29 enforcement inspections
  • Settled one and adopted a second Administrative Civil Liability Order.

Priorities 21/22

The Central Valley Water Board approved three priority projects for FY 21/22:

  • Increase enrollment of potential legal cultivation sites in the General Order,
  • Pursue enforcement of sites identified with the most egregious water quality violations in high value watersheds, and
  • Create efficiencies, improve workflow and reduce backlog of historical sites.

Given the resource limitations of the program statewide, increasing enrollment is critical to the viability of the program. Focused enforcement is a critical element of the program to discourage non-compliance. Improving workflow and efficiencies will allow us to optimize performance with the limited resources we have.

Forest Activities Program


Program Manager: Angela Wilson

Overview of the Forest Activities Program

California's forested lands produce the highest quality waters and provide the majority of the state's water, but activities in forested lands threaten to produce nonpoint source pollution, which is the leading cause of water quality impairments in California. The Forest Activities Program focuses regulatory efforts and grant funding on land use and restoration activities related to historic and current forestland management on both federal and non-federal lands within the Central Valley Region.

Program Goals

The goal of the Program is to prevent impacts to surface waters due to discharges of pollutants related to forestland management: sediment, petroleum products, pesticides/herbicides, and other waste materials, in accordance with the state's 2004 NonPoint Source Implementation Policy. Through regulatory oversight of commercial timber harvesting, fuels management, post-fire salvage and other forestland management activities with the potential to affect waters of the state on state, private and federal lands, the program aims to restore access to habitat for fish, reduce anthropogenic stream channel modifications, and reduce impacts from legacy roads, watercourse crossings, and post-fire utility work and timber salvage operations.

Program staff review individual projects, make site-specific recommendations, and ensure compliance with pertinent regulations and policies through inspections and enforcement.

Resources

The Forest Activities Program has 17 PY dedicated to preventing nonpoint source water quality impacts in forested lands.

FY 20/21 Accomplishments

  • Conducted 312 inspections where the target was 267. The majority of additional inspections were for post-fire salvage logging and post-fire utility activities subsequent to the many large fires of 2018 and 2020.
  • Executed and provided technical expertise for 9 grants/contracts aimed at improving forestlands in watersheds where legacy logging impacts exist.
  • Developed a spatial prioritization tool for staff use to assist in evaluating need for field inspections for post-fire and utility vegetation management activities.
  • Completed CEQA scoping for the development of a new permit for nonpoint source discharges from activities conducted by the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management to accommodate commitments made to the state to increase vegetation treatment pace and scale on federal lands.

Priorities 21/22

  • Oversight of timber harvesting activities across federal and non-federal lands for compliance with the Timberland General Order of WDR.
  • Outreach, internal and external coordination, inspections and compliance activities will be the focus for the staff hired to address utility corridor vegetation management activities.
  • Federal Nonpoint Source Permit Development
    • Continue engagement of the Permit Development Group to work through the complexities of defining permit conditions to federal agencies with vast ownership and multi-use mandates.
    • Tribal outreach will be concluded late in FY 21/22.
    • A proposed draft of the permit and draft EIR will be presented to the public for comment late in FY 21/22.

Enforcement and Cleanup

Compliance and Enforcement Program


Program Manager: Kari Holmes

Overview of the Compliance and Enforcement Program

The State Water Resources Control Board and the nine Regional Water Quality Control Boards protect the waters of the state by ensuring compliance with clean water laws and taking enforcement actions when violations occur. The Water Boards have authority under the Water Code to regulate and enforce any activity or factor that may affect the quality of the waters of the state. The Water Boards' compliance and enforcement actions are guided by the State Water Board's 5 October 2017 Enforcement Policy.

Program Goals

The Compliance and Enforcement (CE) Program aims to protect water quality, regulate facilities which have the potential to pollute water, and enforce state and federal laws and policies. In order to assess compliance with waste discharge and other requirements, staff document and track violations of the requirements in various databases. Where violations occur, staff are responsible for taking swift and fair enforcement actions. To do this, CE staff must conduct inspections, respond to complaints, identify sites requiring a permit, provide technical and regulatory oversight, issue enforcement actions consistent with the Enforcement Policy to ensure compliance and protection of human health, the environment, and water quality.

Resources

For the Central Valley Region, 57 PY are allocated to CE-related activities.

FY 20/21 Accomplishments

  • Inspections – Staff performed 1,570 inspections under the NPDES, WDR, Stormwater, Confined Animal Feeding Operations, Timber Harvest, Site Cleanup, and Underground Storage Tank programs.
  • Enforcement Actions – Staff issued 1,414 enforcement actions including Notices to Comply, Notices of Violation, Notices of Stormwater Noncompliance, Technical Reports, Cleanup and Abatement Orders, Time Schedule Orders, Cease and Desist Orders, and Administrative Civil Liability Orders.
  • Steelhead Creek – Collaborated with the City of Sacramento, Sacramento Area Sewer District, Department of Water Resources, American River Flood Control agency, RD-1000, Dr. Brady and Crystal Tobias to clean up 15,300 pounds of trash and restore the habitat in Steelhead Creek.
  • Mule Creek State Prison – $2,500,00 penalty to address illicit discharges of waste constituents to the stormwater system and Mule Creek.

Priorities 21/22

  • Inspections – CE staff are scheduled to perform 1,292 inspections under the NPDES, WDR, Stormwater, Confined Animal Feeding Operations, Timber Harvest, Site Cleanup, and Underground Storage Tank programs.
  • CE & Enforcement Communication – Program staff meet regularly with permitting staff during permit development to ensure permits contain clear, enforceable provisions that address all pertinent water quality concerns.
  • Compliance with CV-SALTS Program – CE staff will track 1000+ facilities' notices to comply responses, which will be distributed among permitting and CE staff to review, evaluate, approve, and follow-up.
  • Prioritize CE actions that improve and protect water quality in EJ and disadvantaged communities. Support EPA's EJ Initiative, increased stormwater enrollment/enforcement, illegal dumping, and help to address water quality impacts associated with homeless encampments.

Site Cleanup Program


Program Manager: Christopher Flower

Overview of the Site Cleanup Program

The Site Cleanup Program (SCP) regulates and oversees the investigation and cleanup of contaminated sites. Staff overseeing investigation and cleanup actions at sites that have been impacted by releases of pollutants to soil, soil gas, groundwater, surface water, sediments, and indoor air. SCP sites include large industrial facilities, military bases, oil refineries, factories, and smaller facilities such as dry cleaners and plating shops. Many properties are in urban areas and environmental justice communities and cleanup often results in contaminant removal, reduced impact to water and economic growth. The types of pollutants encountered at SCP sites are diverse and include fertilizers, heavy metals, solvents, and many others.

Program Goals

The primary mission of the SCP is to protect water quality, regulate practices which have the potential to pollute water, and enforce state and federal laws and policies. To do this, SCP staff must identify contaminated sites, provide technical and regulatory oversight of cleanup activities, and ensure that remedies result in site restoration and protection of human health, the environment and water quality.

Resources

30 PYs are divided amongst the regulatory oversight of Private, Military, and Department of Energy (D.O.E.) sites. Some sites, such as Aerojet, are very large multifaceted investigation and cleanup sites that require significant staff hours.

FY 20/21 Accomplishments

Staff provided technical review and regulatory oversight on over 1,000 site investigation, remediation and remedial design documents. This work has allowed 24 sites to be moved from investigation to active remediation, resulted in closure of 52 sites. and removed of over 20 million pounds of contaminated soil, soil gas, free product (gasoline, diesel, solvents, etc.), and contaminated groundwater from the environment.

Staff continued efforts to identify sites eligible for grants through the Site Cleanup Subaccount Program and to reduce site backlog in GeoTracker. Staff are now in the process of evaluating the remaining cases identified as requiring additional work and have assigned staff to work on 70 of these inactive cases to reduce the backlog cases even further. Staff also continue to improve our Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping tools.

Priority Projects FY 21/22

The Site Cleanup Program will continue to focus on the following:

  • Brownfield Projects: Staff will continue to concentrate on major brownfield redevelopment projects to return contaminated properties to productive use, including the Aerojet site, McClellan Business Park, Sacramento Rail Yards, the Sacramento R Street and S Street Redevelopment corridors, the Shasta Pulp and Paper Mill, and Modern Cleaners in Corning.
  • Environmental Measures - SCP staff will track the number of pounds of contamination removed from the environment in 21/22 and will develop new measures to demonstrate the impact our work is having on water quality.
  • Emerging Contaminant Issues – SCP will continue to evaluate the groundwater impacts from 1,2,3-Trichloropropane (1,2,3-TCP). SCP will also continue to monitor perfluorinated Chemicals (PFAS) in groundwater in our region based on our 13267 PFAS orders recently sent out to former metal plating facilities, airports, POTWs, and landfills.

Underground Storage Tank (UST) / Above Ground Storage Tank (AGT) Program


Program Manager: Steven Meeks

Overview of the UST/AGT Program

The Underground Storage Tank (UST) and Aboveground Storage Tank (AST) Program address leak prevention, oversight of leaking underground tank cleanups, and reimbursement to responsible parties conducting cleanups. Board staff is primarily involved with the oversight of cleanups. Currently, Board staff is actively directing the cleanup work at approximately 325 leaking underground tank sites. Since inception of the program, over 3,000 UST releases have been investigated, remediated, and closed at the direction of the Board.

We also work closely with the State Water Board's Cleanup Fund, which provides funding to responsible parties for investigation and remediation of leaking underground storage tank sites.

Program Goals

The highest priority for the UST Program is to protect the public and environment from the effects of unauthorized releases from UST through the investigation and mitigation of the released constituents. Staff will continue to work with Responsible Parties to close active UST cases in as short of time needed to complete the work. When applicable, we will implement the State's Low Threat Closure Policy for USTs and concentrate work on the remaining high-threat cases. For all open cases, we have identified the remaining impediments to closure and posted the findings on GeoTracker so they are available for public viewing.

Resources

In Fiscal Year 2021/22 approximately 13.3 PYs of technical staff time and 1.9 PYs of management and support staff will be spent on the UST Program. All technical staff time will be spent managing individual caseloads.

FY 20/21 Accomplishments

  • Moved 9 cases into remediation.
  • Reviewed 90% of our open cases for possible closure (496 cases)
  • Closed 63 Cases

Priority Projects 21/22

  • Review every open case for possible case closure.
  • Ensure that every open case receives at least one case review and written directive/correspondence during the year.
  • Update the Path To Closure fields in GeoTracker for every open case so that all Responsible Parties are aware of the steps remaining for case closure.