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**IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT**

SLO-SPAN.ORG & CAL-SPAN.ORG SITES ARE IN THE PROCESS OF MAJOR UPGRADES TO BE LAUNCHED MID-AUGUST.

BOTH SITES WILL LOOK DIFFERENT AND WILL HAVE NEW FEATURES, NO FUNCTIONS WILL BE LOST.

THE SITES WILL BE ACCESSIBLE VIA THE SAME LINKS. LOOK HERE FOR UPDATES!


         

       
NOTICE OF STAFF-LEVEL PUBLIC WORKSHOP

STAFF WORKING PROPOSAL FOR THE REGIONAL
PHASE I MUNICIPAL SEPARATE STORM SEWER SYSTEM (MS4) PERMIT
IN THE COUNTIES OF ORANGE, RIVERSIDE, AND SAN BERNADINO
(NPDES NO. CAS618000) 
       
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that staff of the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Santa Ana Region (Santa Ana Water Board) have prepared a staff working proposal for a Regional Phase I MS4 Permit (Staff Working Proposal), which would regulate discharges of pollutants in urban runoff from MS4s in Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties on a regionwide basis. The Santa Ana Water Board intends to hold a staff-level public workshop on the Staff Working Proposal. 

       
PUBLIC WORKSHOP

The Santa Ana Water Board will hold a staff-level public workshop to discuss and solicit feedback on the Staff Working Proposal. An overview of the Region’s stormwater program and key provisions of the Staff Working Proposal will be provided, with opportunity for questions and comments from permittees and other stakeholders. A quorum of Santa Ana Water Board members may be present at the workshop; however, no Board action or voting will be taken. The workshop will be held at the following date, time, and location:

       
Date: August 2, 2022
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Location:

Riverside Public Library

3900 Mission Inn Avenue

Riverside, CA  92501

(Remote participation available)

       
The workshop will occur in a physical meeting location with an option for the public to participate from a remote location. To participate in the workshop remotely, please register by July 29, 2022 via the Zoom registration link: Zoom Registration Link
 
       
After submittal of the online registration form, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the workshop. Please join the Zoom Meeting at least 15 minutes before the meeting start time to resolve any technical issues. Remote attendees will be able to submit comments through Zoom via chat input and/or audio.

Additional information regarding remote meeting participation is available on the Santa AnaWater Board’s website: Remote Meetings | Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board

ORDER OF PROCEEDINGS

Santa Ana Water Board staff will give a series of PowerPoint presentations providing brief overviews of different aspects of the Staff Working Proposal. Following each presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to provide feedback on that particular section of the Staff Working Proposal. The topics will be presented and discussed in the following order, approximate times include both the presentation and public feedback are as follows: 
       
 
Agenda        
Module Speaker Approximate time
Logistics and Information Hero Alexander 5 minutes
Background and Reasoning for a Regional Permit Steven Stephansen 5 minutes
Key Findings II, Permittee Responsibilities III Steven Stephansen 10 minutes
Discharge Prohibitions IV, Trash Control V Steven Stephansen 20 minutes
Receiving Water Limitations VI, Effluent Limitations and Discharge Specifications VII, Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Adam Fischer 35 minutes


Break

 
10 minutes
Watershed Management Plans XII Adam Fischer 30 minutes
New Development VIII Ray Akhtarshad 30 minutes
Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination  (IDDE) Program IX, Public Education and Outreach X, Training Programs XI Steven Stephansen 15 minutes
Municipal Inspection XIII, Municipal Facilities/Activities XIV Ray Akhtarshad 10 minutes
Program Effectiveness Assessment XV, Monitoring and Reporting Program XVI Ray Akhtarshad 10 minutes
Status and Next Steps Hero Alexander 5 minutes
       
         

DOCUMENT AVAILABILITY

A copy of the Staff Working Proposal for the Regional Phase I MS4 Permit, including the Order, Appendices 1-12, and Attachments A-C and E, is available on the Santa Ana Water Board’s website at: Stormwater | Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board

 

Please note that the Staff Working Proposal is for preliminary review and discussion purposes only. The Staff Working Proposal does not constitute a “draft permit” as defined in 40 Code of Federal Regulations (40 CFR) section 122.2. The Santa Ana Water Board will not formally respond to oral or written feedback on the Staff Working Proposal. When a “draft permit” is released pursuant to 40 CFR section 124.6, permittees and other interested persons will be provided an opportunity to submit written comments pursuant to 40 CFR section 124.10. 

Consistent with federal regulations, staff will prepare responses to significant comments received on the draft permit submitted in compliance with the public notice. If a permittee or interested party finds that its oral or written feedback provided on the Staff Working Proposal is not adequately addressed in the draft permit, those persons will need to resubmit those comments during the official written comment period for inclusion in
the administrative record.

Contact: For additional information, please contact Ray Akhtarshad via email at [email protected] or via phone at (951) 320-2024 or Steven Stephansen via email at [email protected] or via phone at (951) 320-2027.