Department of Defense (DoD) Program

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Program Description | Water Board Regulations and Other Guidance for DoD Sites | CERCLA Process | DSMOA Process | DSMOA Daily Logs | GeoTracker Database Information | GAMA - Groundwater Ambient Monitoring & Assessment Program | Public Reports | Paperless Office | Questions or Comments | Additional Regional Water Board Contact Information

Program Description

Soil and groundwater cleanup activities at Departments of Defense facilities are regulated under the Water Board’s DoD cleanup program in conjunction with the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC). Cleanup of DoD facilities must comply with Water Board policies and directives to protect water quality, beneficial uses, and environmental/ecological health.

Staff in the DoD program are responsible for providing regulatory oversight on issues that affect or threaten groundwater and surface water quality, human health, and the environment. Furthermore, because many former military bases are planned for conversion to civilian use, human health protection associated with redevelopment, including residential reuse is an important cleanup driver. To accomplish our regulatory oversight, we work cooperatively with other State and Federal agencies in both lead and support roles.

Water Board Regulations and Other Guidance for DoD Sites

The water boards' DoD Program functions within the legal framework of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), commonly known as Superfund. The following regulations give the Water Board and the RWQCBs the authority to oversee the cleanup activities at polluted sites:

CERCLA Process

The CERCLA process consists of several steps as follows:

  1. Identification - Identify possible contaminant elates that need further investigation though Preliminary Assessment / Site Inspection (PA / SI).
  2. Investigation - Determine the nature and extent of release, assess long-term risk and develop possible alternative cleanup remedies though Remedial Investigation / Feasibility Studies (RI / FS).
  3. Proposed Plan - Present the proposed remedial action for public comments.
  4. Determine a Record of Decision (ROD) - Documents the agreed-upon remedial action.
  5. Cleanup - Select, design, construct, and operate the cleanup remedy though Remedial Design / Remedial Action (RD / RA).
  6. Closeout - Measure how well the cleanup solution performs over time or close the site through Operation and Maintenance (O&M) or Closeout.

DSMOA Process

To address the cleanup of federal facilities where releases of pollutants have occurred, the State Water Resources Control Board (Water Board) and nine Regional Water Quality Control Boards (RWQCBs) partner with the Department of Defense (DoD) through the use of the Defense and State Memorandum of Agreement Cooperative Agreement (DSMOA CA). The DSMOA CA allows for the expeditious cleanup at military facilities while ensuring compliance with applicable State laws and regulations.

Although agreements between the State and the DoD designate a state "lead" regulatory agency for each facility, regulatory oversight is a cooperative effort among state agencies - including the Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) and the Water Board and the DoD. The Water Board manages the DoD Program on a statewide level and the RWQCBs provide regulatory oversight of cleanup at DoD facilities in their respective regions. RWQCB oversight activities include the following:

  • Participating in technical work groups with DoD and other state/federal/local environmental agencies to develop mitigation alternatives for contaminated sites;
  • Providing oversight for leaking underground storage tank cases;
  • Reviewing and commenting on technical reports/studies designed to develop remedial alternatives;
  • Achieving public outreach and education through participation in public meetings, e.g., Restoration Advisory Boards; and
  • Ensuring that cleanup is progressing and that all activities comply with applicable and relative and appropriate requirements.

DSMOA Daily Logs

Daily logs are required to document our activities on Department of Defense (DoD) facilities for both the Navy Cooperative Agreement (Navy CA) and the Department of Defense and State Memorandum of Agreement (DSMOA) facilities. Our daily logs are, or at least have the potential to be, reviewed at any time by various parties, including the State and Regional Board management, the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), and DoD staff. Daily logs for DSMOA facilities are routinely reviewed each month by DTSC staff to ensure that our activities are reimburse-able under the DSMOA Cooperative Agreement, which DTSC administers for the State. As such, daily logs should be written to represent an accurate picture of how we spend our time working on our projects.

The Water Boards' DoD Daily Log System houses a major component used in developing supporting detail to Water Board (WB) invoices under this program; thus, the written comments entered into WB Daily Logs are of the utmost importance. To improve on accuracy and efficiency related to WB oversight cost reimbursement under the DSMOA DoD Program, the following guidance is recommended:

Daily Log comments MUST provide sufficient detail to identify the site and/or issue addressed, or to describe how the oversight work is connected to the facility if the oversight is more general in nature.

  1. Always double check to ensure use of the correct WB PCA# on your timesheets and when entering DoD logs.
  2. For facility PCA charges that are related to Military Munitions Remedial Program (MMRP) sites, use the DSMOA Portal as a visual tool to check and confirm whether or not there is a separate DSMOA MMRP JEP. Note: Closing or closed facilities do not have a separate MMRP DSMOA JEP. However, most active bases under the Installation Restoration (IR) Program will have a separate MMRP DSMOA JEP developed by the military component and a separate WB MMRP facility PCA # has been established for your use in charging WB oversight to the MMRP facility-specific fund.
  3. For ALL DoD facility PCA charges, please ensure that each entry includes at least one reference to a specific site, task, and/or milestone deliverable, that is listed on the DSMOA JEP for the fiscal year and monthly period being charged.
  4. For DoD facility PCA charges that are NOT reasonably related to site-specific activities listed on the applicable DSMOA JEP, and that are more administrative in nature, or training, please ensure that the comments include sufficient detail to demonstrate the nature of the state activity and how that activity relates back to, or benefits, ongoing site work or the facility fund being charged.
  5. For DoD charges that are NOT facility/site-specific, and that are NOT specifically covered on a facility JEP, that accrue benefits to the program as a whole, your supervisor will approve use of a DoD Program Management PCA code for the activity.
  6. We strongly suggest using the DSMOA Portal, as a quick visual reference tool, to review the tasks listed on the billing period DSMOA JEP, when filling out Daily Logs and completing timesheets.
  7. Please review your timesheets, daily log entries, and the appropriate DSMOA JEPs, or work with your supervisor, to confirm all DoD charges and logs are consistent in nature.

GeoTracker Database Information

The GeoTracker data warehouse and geographic information system (GIS) provides online access to environmental data. It is used to plot UST site and monitoring well locations and track regulatory information about UST facilities, Spills, Leaks, Investigations, and Cleanup (SLIC) sites, and public drinking water wells, and in the future will include other types of cleanup and investigation sites, including Department of Defense (DoD), Landfill, and Aboveground Storage Tank facilities. GeoTracker uses commercially available software to allow users, including the public, to access data over the Internet. Case information can be graphically displayed as a layer on GeoTracker, includes highways and roads, topographic maps, surface water boundaries, watershed boundaries, groundwater basins, and hydrologic vulnerability areas by entering a site address, partial site address, or site name. Legislation which became effective on September 1, 2001 requires the submission of electronic laboratory data.

GAMA - Groundwater Ambient Monitoring & Assessment Program

GeoTracker GAMA is an online groundwater information system that gives you access to water quality data and connects you to groundwater basics and protection information. This online database integrates groundwater quality data from multiple sources, which are searchable by chemical or location with results displayed on an interactive Google maps interface

Public Reports

The following links provide public information that is available.

Paperless Office Information

The Regional Water Board is implementing a Paperless Office system to reduce our paper use, increase efficiency and provide a more effective way for our staff, the public and interested parties to view water quality documents in electronic form.

Effective April 1, 2014, please provide all regulatory documents, submissions, materials, data, and correspondence via email or on disk (CD-ROM or CD) in a Portable Document Format (PDF) file in lieu of paper-sourced documents. Documents submitted through GeoTracker or DSMOA Community Portal are not required to be re-submitted to our paperless office mailbox:

Questions or Comments

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