October 22, 2012 - The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) is currently undergoing a rulemaking process to change federal stormwater regulations. We anticipate that these new regulations will have significant changes to the stormwater regulatory framework which will trickle down to the state level.
USEPA intends to propose a rule by June 10, 2013 and complete a final action by December 10, 2014.
More information on this process can be found at http://cfpub.epa.gov/npdes/stormwater/rulemaking.cfm.
October 22, 2012 – State Water Resources Control Board initiates Cost of Compliance process – local governments encouraged to participate.
On October 18, 2011 the State Water Board adopted Resolution No. 2011-0052, directing staff to prepare a report that assessed and aligned Water Board priorities, resources, and performance targets. This “Resource Alignment Report” was completed and posted to the State Water Board’s website in April 2012. At the direction of the State Water Board, staff prepared a subsequent work plan specifying follow-up actions related to the Resource Alignment Report. This second phase of the Board’s resource alignment efforts will focus on assessing opportunities for reducing the costs of compliance for dischargers subject to Water Board oversight under the NPDES wastewater, stormwater, irrigated lands, and waste discharge requirement programs. [Description taken from SWRCB site]
More information on this effort can be found at http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/rap/.
May 17, 2012 – A second draft of the Phase II Small MS4 General Permit has been released. More information on how the Statewide Stormwater Coalition will move forward on this second draft will be out shortly.
Written comments are due no later than Noon on Monday, July 23, 2012
More details, including the draft, can be found here – http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/stormwater/phase_ii_municipal.shtml
May 1, 2012 - Through the efforts of the Statewide Stormwater Coalition (SSC), two of the three bills the SSC was actively supporting made it out of key policy committees recently to continue through the legislative process. Those bills, SB 965 (Wright) and AB 2117 (Gorrell) continue efforts to create a better stormwater permitting process that is more transparent and allows a more robust stakeholder process; as well as proposing to develop an integrated planning approach to how California should approach bettering California’s water quality in the future.
SB 964 (Wright), which would have provided for a more consistent and predictable stakeholder process and a cost analysis process, did not receive enough votes to pass out of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee.
The Statewide Stormwater Coalition is continues its commitment to better the stormwater permitting process and the water quality outcomes for the benefit of all Californians.
March 20, 2012 – The Statewide Stormwater Coalition urges local governments, businesses and the public to send in support letters for SB 964 and SB 965, authored by Senator Roderick Wright.
Both bills will offer a more transparent, consistent stormwater permit development process that accounts for cost and allows for sensible solutions towards better water quality in California.
SB 965 Template Letter
September 8, 2011 - Read the Statewide Stormwater Coalition letter to the State Water Resources Control Board - September 8, 2011
August 17, 2011 – The Board held a meeting on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 to take public comments on the draft MS4 permit.
Watch Part 1 of the Stormwater Permit Hearing by the State Water Resources Control Board
Watch Part 2of the Stormwater Permit Hearing by the State Water Resources Control Board