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Advisory Committee Kickoff Meeting SWRCB Program to Develop Sediment Quality Objectives for Enclosed Bays and Estuaries of California July 29, 2003 CAL/EPA Building Sacramento, California. Meeting Objectives. Present overview of project to stakeholders

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Meeting objectives

Advisory Committee Kickoff MeetingSWRCB Program to Develop Sediment Quality Objectives for Enclosed Bays and Estuaries of CaliforniaJuly 29, 2003CAL/EPA BuildingSacramento, California


Meeting objectives

Meeting Objectives

  • Present overview of project to stakeholders

  • Define roles and responsibility of Advisory Committee

  • Select Advisory Committee members

  • Establish schedule

  • Identify near-term tasks for Advisory Committee


Advisory committee

Advisory Committee

  • Section 13394.6. of the California Water Code requires the SWRCB to establish an advisory committee to assist in the implementation of Bay Protection Program. Members shall be appointed by the SWRCB to represent: (1) Trade associations whose members are businesses that use the bay, estuaries, and coastal waters of the state as a resource in their business activities. (2) Dischargers required to pay fees pursuant to Section 13396.5. (3) Environmental, public interest, public health, and wildlife conservation organizations.

  • Mechanism for stakeholder involvement in policy development process

  • Committee input part of information considered in SWRCB staff decisions


Background

Background

  • In 1989 the California Water Code was amended to include the Bay Protection and Toxic Cleanup Program

  • Section 13392.6 Required SWRCB to prepare workplan to develop SQOs (original workplan completed 1991)

  • Section 13393 Requires SWRCB to adopt SQOs (not completed)


Background continued

Background (Continued)

  • 1999 a lawsuit was filed against the SWRCB for failing among other issues to adopt SQOs

  • Court Agreed with the Petitioners and SWRCB staff negotiated with the petitioners to develop within a specific time frame


Compliance schedule

Compliance Schedule

  • By June 30 2003, SWRCB must adopt scoping document (workplan)

  • By August 5, 2005 SWRCB must circulate draft objectives

  • By February 28, 2007 SWRCB must adopt objectives and policy and submit to office of Administrative Law


Definitions

Definitions

  • Section 13391.5(d) of CWC defines SQOs: “’Sediment Quality Objective’ means that level of a constituent in sediment which is established with an adequate margin of safety for the reasonable protection of the beneficial uses of water or the prevention of nuisances.”


More water code

More Water Code

  • 13393 (b) further states “that the SWRCB shall adopt the sediment quality objectives pursuant to the procedures established by this division for adopting or amending water quality control plans. The sediment quality objectives shall be based on scientific information, including, but not limited to, chemical monitoring, bioassays, or established modeling procedures, and shall provide adequate protection for the most sensitive aquatic organisms. The state board shall base the sediment quality objectives on a health risk assessment if there is a potential for exposure of humans to pollutants through the food chain to edible fish, shellfish, or wildlife.”


Project goals

Project Goals

  • Develop scientifically defensible SQOs that are protective of beneficial uses.

  • Develop policy that’s fair and provides for consistent application throughout the state.

  • Describe methods and tools for assessing sediment quality as part of implementation policy


Key project elements

Key Project Elements

  • Utilize combination of numeric and narrative SQOs to encompass broad range of beneficial uses

  • Develop numeric objectives using regional information

  • Provide implementation policy for different applications

  • Focus on protecting benthic communities/aquatic life using weight of evidence approach


Project roles

Project Roles

  • SWRCB staff will manage project

  • Scientific activities: SCCWRP, SFEIMoss Landing Marine Labs and UC Davis-MPSL Granite Canyon with input from Scientific, Advisory, and Regulatory Groups

  • Enforcement/Application policy development:SWRCB staff with input from Scientific, Advisory, and Regulatory Groups

  • SWRCB Board members ultimately decide what the policy or plan will contain


Input and coordination

Input and Coordination

  • Scientific Steering Committee

    • Scientist policy developers from USEPA, USACE, NOAA and USGS, and sediment assessment consultants from universities and private sector

  • Stakeholders

    • Advisory committee

  • Regulators

    • SWRCB, RWQCB, DFG, DPR, DTSC, SLC, BCDC, CCC and OEHHA

  • Annual Public Workshops


Policy development and adoption

Policy Development and Adoption

The process used to adopt sediment quality objectives will be consistent with the adoption of state water quality objectives and generally follow the steps outlined below.

  • Development of Preliminary Draft Objectives and Implementation policy

  • Scoping Meeting

  • Preparation of draft Functional Equivalent Document and Economic Analysis and distribute for comment

  • Public Hearing to Receive Comments on Proposal

  • Summarize Comments and Prepare Responses

  • Revise draft objectives and implementation policy as appropriate, prepare draft final Functional Equivalent Document and reopen public comment period, if necessary

  • State Board workshop to consider revised FED

  • SWRCB Meeting to approve or disapprove the Final Functional Equivalent Document and adopt, reject or amend the objectives and implementation program

  • Submission of the Administrative Record to the Office of Administrative Law

  • Submission of the Final Policy or Plan to U.S. EPA Region IX for final approval


Scientific approach

Scientific Approach

Steve Bay

Principal Scientist

Southern California Coastal Water Research Project


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