Report 2017-118 Recommendation 9 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 #9 To: Water Resources Control Board

Until the Legislature amends state law, the State Water Board should provide guidance to the regional boards on when studies of specific water bodies should be conducted and assist the regional boards in obtaining funding for those studies.

6-Month Agency Response

Prioritization for specific water body studies often occurs during the triennial review of water quality control plans. Studies of specific water bodies, such as water effect ratios for metals, are often conducted during the process of adding, modifying, or removing a water quality objective through a rulemaking to amend a water quality control plan. The State Water Board currently provides guidance to the regional water boards on developing or amending water quality control plans and policies through the Administrative Procedures Manual and informal guidelines. The State Water Board convened a meeting with the Regional Water Boards to begin to assess current guidance to determine if additional guidelines are needed on when a regional water board should initiate a study for a specific water body. Once the Water Boards develop draft guidance, staff will begin meeting with stakeholders. Additionally, the Water Boards are pursuing several avenues to increase the resources/funding available to undertake site-specific studies, including proposals to allocate some federal funding for discretionary contracts to these studies.

  • Estimated Completion Date: To be determined
  • Response Date: August 2018

California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Pending


60-Day Agency Response

Prioritization for specific water body studies often occurs during the triennial review of the water quality control plans. Studies of specific water bodies, such as water effect ratios for metals, are often conducted during the process of adding, modifying, or removing a water quality objective through a rulemaking to amend a water quality control plan. The State Water Board currently provides guidance to the regional water boards on developing or amending water quality control plans and policies through the Administrative Procedures Manual and informal guidelines. The State Water Board convened a meeting with the Regional Water Boards to begin to assess current guidance to determine if additional guidelines are needed on when a regional water board should initiate a study for a specific water body. Once the Water Boards develop draft guidance, staff will begin meeting with stakeholders.

  • Estimated Completion Date: To be determined
  • Response Date: April 2018

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Pending


All Recommendations in 2017-118

Agency responses received are posted verbatim.