Kickoff Meeting Set for Assessment of Dischargers’ Compliance Costs

The State Water Resources Control Board is holding a kickoff meeting Oct. 24 to begin identifying ways to reduce compliance costs for dischargers while maintaining the state's ability to protect water quality.

This first meeting will focus on the project’s background, goals, work plan and schedule; the roles of Water Board staff and stakeholders; preliminary ideas on the types of compliance costs that should be quantified and evaluated; and the identification of next steps.

This meeting is geared toward dischargers that are subject to Water Board oversight under National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) wastewater, NPDES stormwater, irrigated lands, and waste discharge requirement programs.

The meeting is an outgrowth of a Resource Alignment program adopted by the State Water Board last year that aims to align fees collected with program expenditures and program priorities, according to the state. In April a report on the topic was issued. Click here to read it.

The California Water Code requires that entities that discharge waste which could affect the quality of state waters to file a discharge report with their Regional Water Board and to pay an annual fee set by the State Water Board.

“Information and participation from the regulated community will be needed to successfully assess costs of compliance and identify potential options for reducing these costs,” says the state’s website about the realignment project.

The meeting Wednesday is scheduled for 10 a.m. in the second-floor Klamath Room at the Cal/EPA Headquarters Building at 1001 “I” Street in Sacramento. The State Water Resources Control Board is encouraging those who want to participate to join an email roster at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/wb_resource_alignment_stakeholders

Further information about the meeting, including a dial-in number, will be sent to those who sign up on the email roster.