Basin Plan - Triennial Review

Basin Plan Amendments to update the list of waters in Tables 3-1 and 4-1; designate Beneficial Uses; revise the Shellfish Harvesting (SHEL) Beneficial Use Definition; and other water quality standards matters

On June 16, 2017, the Water Board adopted Resolution No. R8-2017-0019 amending the Water Quality Control Plan for the Santa Ana River Basin to: Update the List of Waters in Tables 3-1 and 4-1 and Designate Beneficial Uses for Those and Other Select Waters; Revise the Shellfish Harvesting (SHEL) Beneficial Use Definition; Add Antidegradation Targets for REC2 Only Waters; Revise the Compliance Schedule for the Fecal Coliform TMDL for Shellfish Harvesting (SHEL) in Newport Bay; Add New Chapter 6 TMDLs and Introductory Narrative, and Revise Subsequent Chapter Numbering; Add Fecal Indicator Bacteria Footnote to Chapters 4 and 5.

The next steps in the process include approvals from the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board), Office of Administrative Law (OAL), and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). All steps have been completed.

USEPA Approval: The amendment and associated administrative order were submitted to EPA on July 27, 2018. EPA approved the provisions of the amendment to Revise Beneficial Uses, Definitions, and other Water Quality Standard Matters on October 12, 2018, and approved  Amendments to Revise Schedule for SHEL TMDL on October 15, 2018. (EPA Approval Letters)

OAL Approval: The amendments and associated administrative record were submitted to OAL on August 13, 2018. OAL approved the regulatory provisions of the amendments on September 24, 2018. (Approval letter)

On February 6, 2018, the State Water Board adopted Resolution No. 2018-0007 for the amendments that were approved by the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board on June 16, 2017 through adoption of Resolution R8-2017-0019.

 


In response to comments from the City of Riverside during the State Water Board public notice period, Attachments 1 and 2 and the staff report were updated to clarify intent.


December 9, 2016 Regional Board Hearing to Adopt Basin Plan Amendments to: Update the List of Waters in Tables 3-1 and 4-1 and Designate Beneficial Uses; Remove REC1 Fecal Coliform Water Quality Objectives for Enclosed Bays and Estuaries; Remove Fecal Coliform TMDL for Water Contact Recreation (REC1) for Newport Bay; Revise the Shellfish Harvesting (SHEL) Beneficial Use Definition; Add Antidegradation Targets for REC2 Only Waters; Add New Chapter 6 Total Maximum Daily Loads

Draft Basin Plan Amendments

Stakeholder Comments/Board Staff Responses

October 4, 2016 California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Scoping Meeting for Basin Plan Amendments

CEQA Scoping Meeting Presentation

 

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