The Water Quality Control Plan for Control of Temperature in the Coastal and Interstate Waters and Enclosed Bays and Estuaries of California (Thermal Plan) regulates temperature in the coastal and interstate waters and enclosed bays and estuaries of California. The Thermal Plan specifies both prohibitions and thermal water quality objectives in different areas, including Cold Interstate Waters, Warm Interstate Waters, Coastal Waters, Enclosed Bays, and Estuaries. The Thermal Plan also provides detailed guidelines for implementation.
Thermal Plan Exceptions
The Thermal Plan authorizes exceptions to the Thermal Plan objectives, stating the following: “Regional Boards may, in accordance with Section 316(a) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act of 1972 and subsequent federal regulations [collectively termed the Clean Water Act] including 40 CFR 122, grant an exception to Specific Water Quality Objectives in this Plan.”
Sacramento Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant
Concurrence with the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board’s Order granting an exception to the State Thermal Plan for the Sacramento Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Mountain House Community Services District Wastewater Treatment Services Plan
The Central Valley Board is requesting concurrence from the State Water Board regarding the scientific bases and rationale of the studies supporting proposed exceptions to temperature objectives contained in the Thermal Plan for the Mountain House Community Services District (Discharger), Wastewater Treatment Plant (Facility) discharge to the Old River within the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (Delta).