Report 2017-118 Recommendation Responses

Report 2017-118: State and Regional Water Boards: They Must Do More to Ensure That Local Jurisdictions' Costs to Reduce Storm Water Pollution Are Necessary and Appropriate (Release Date: March 2018)

Recommendation for Legislative Action

To promote the establishment of appropriate pollutant limits, the Legislature should amend state law to direct the State Water Board to assess whether a study of a specific water body is justified and, if so, to require the appropriate regional board to ensure that the study is conducted by the regional board or the applicable local jurisdictions. For example, a study could be justified if the water body's condition might warrant modifying a maximum pollutant level, if the study could be performed cost-effectively, and if the study's benefits are likely to reduce local jurisdictions' costs or improve protection of the water body's uses. The State Water Board should seek additional funding for local jurisdictions to conduct studies if it believes additional resources are needed.

Description of Legislative Action

The Legislature has not taken action to address this specific recommendation.

  • Legislative Action Current As-of: September 2018

California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: No Action Taken

Description of Legislative Action

Legislation has not been introduced to address this specific recommendation.

However, Assembly Bill 2538 (Rubio) would, in part, requires the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board to use the guidelines developed by the State Water Board in a pilot project conducted to assess if a financial capability analysis can be effectively used to help municipalities implement a MS4 permit. It would also require the State Water Board to oversee the use of the guidelines and, upon completion of the pilot project, to make statewide recommendations or site-specific recommendations based on feasibility and the need to address the most prominent pollutants.

  • Legislative Action Current As-of: May 2018

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: No Action Taken

All Recommendations in 2017-118