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  • 11/25/2013 1:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From: Geoff Brosseau [mailto:geoff@brosseau.us]
    Sent: Monday, November 25, 2013 8:23 AM
    To: CASQA - Board 2013; CASQA - Executive Program Committee - 2013
    Cc: Geoff Brosseau


    Subject: California Urban Pesticides and Toxicity Monitoring Data Report


    CASQA Board of Directors and Executive Program Committee,

     

    The purpose of this email is to make sure you and your colleagues are aware CASQA recently published a report compiling monitoring data for two types of common, currently used pesticides: pyrethroids and fipronil.  The report summarizes thousands of samples from more than 100 urban surface waters throughout California.

     

    The report documents widespread water and sediment toxicity in California urban waterways, with pyrethroid insecticides commonly identified as the apparent cause. Pyrethroids and their associated toxic effects have been found routinely in California urban areas, wherever monitoring is performed using technically appropriate protocols.

     

    Fipronil--an alternative to the pyrethroids--also commonly occurs in California urban watersheds.  Observed concentrations of fipronil and its degradates are approaching and in some cases exceeding effect thresholds, suggesting an increasing potential for fipronil to pose risks to aquatic ecosystems.    

     

    As many of you know, because California local agencies do not have the statutory authority to control pesticide uses, CASQA has partnered with California Water Boards to work with California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) and EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs toward addressing this and other pesticide water pollution.  In 2012, DPR enacted regulations to reduce outdoor use of pyrethroids in an effort to end the pyrethroid water pollution documented in this report.  

     

    This data compilation is being widely shared with pesticides regulators, water quality agencies, the pesticide industry, pest management professionals, and interested stakeholders with the intent of informing continuing management actions to address urban pesticide water pollution.  

     

    The full report is available online at: https://www.casqa.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=t%2btwBGMxunc%3d&tabid=194&mid=995    

     

    Please share this with colleagues.  The following Subcommittee chairs should consider distributing this report to their members: Monitoring & Science; Phase II; Policy & Permitting; and Watershed Management and Impaired Waters.


    CASQA has shared this report with EPA Office of Pesticide Programs, EPA Office of Water, EPA Region 9 (both water & pesticides), DPR, State & Regional Water Board pesticides liaisons (management and the staff that are partners in our joint pesticides regulatory effort), the Urban Pesticides Committee email list, the NPS Info, CWEA P3S, and various POTW listservers, various IPM and scientific researchers working in related areas, and colleagues in other states.

     

    Thank you, 

     

    Geoff 

     

    Geoff Brosseau
    Executive Director
    California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA)
    P.O. Box 2105
    Menlo Park, CA 94026-2105
    650-366-1042 (Voicemail box only)
    info@casqa.org
    www.casqa.org

    CASQA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of stormwater quality management, science, and regulation. 

     

  • 11/22/2013 7:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hi –

    Attached are the Meeting Agenda and Draft Meeting Notes that contain the questions/answers, comments and requests from the Region-wide Permit meeting held at the Central Valley Water Board’s Rancho Cordova Office on November 12th.  I understand that a number of stakeholders could not hear the discussion due to interference with the WebEx connection. 

    • ·         Please review the Draft Meeting Notes and let me know if there are any specific questions you would like me to send up to management for a response. 

    • ·         If you have been participating in the Region-wide Permit discussions, you may have been signed up for the Lyris List.  The Lyris List is an email system the Water Boards use to communicate general information to stakeholders. 

    Please forward this information as needed.  Thank you,

    Genevieve (Gen) Sparks, Environmental Scientist

    Storm Water MS4 Program

    Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board

    11020 Sun Center Drive, Suite 200

    Rancho Cordova, CA  95670

    (916) 464-4745

    gsparks@waterboards.ca.gov

  • 10/09/2013 11:17 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    For the Meeting Agenda item #3 concerning TMDLs with the Phase II MS4 Permit:


    I have provided Phase II MS4 contact information to the State Board for the TMDL-MS4 meetings scheduled in November 2013.  Each meeting will involve a brief background on each TMDL and discussion of potential implementation language. 


    The meetings are organized by watershed (San Joaquin River, Sacramento River (including Clear Lake)), and Delta) and will be held at the State Water Board in downtown Sacramento.  Meetings will be webcast if participants cannot attend in person. 


    The meetings are scheduled on November 15th (10a.m. – 3p.m., San Joaquin River Pesticides and Dissolved Oxygen TMDLs), November 18th (11a.m. – 3p.m., Sacramento River Watershed Pesticides, Clear Lake Nutrients), and November 21st (10:30 a.m.- 2p.m., Delta Pesticides and Methylmercury). 


    Thank you,

    Genevieve (Gen) Sparks, Environmental Scientist

    Storm Water MS4 Program

    Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board

    11020 Sun Center Drive, Suite 200

    Rancho Cordova, CA  95670

    (916) 464-4745

    gsparks@waterboards.ca.gov

  • 10/02/2013 6:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Urban Waters Small Grants Program


    This EPA grant program will fund research, training, and demonstrations that will advance the restoration of urban waters by improving water quality in urban areas. This program recognizes that healthy and accessible urban waters can help grow local businesses and enhance educational, recreational, social, and employment opportunities in nearby communities. EPA expects to award approximately $1.6 million to support such projects, in grants of $40,000 to $60,000 each.


    Proposal Due Date: November 25, 2013 http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001wy3HXd9gz7EhrLhEEbXt2JI5fpxbvqWkdOw8FbaPpir1Mc4PEJszkHcqzamtDBfimLMjM98h1E9kvKrupS6CQlqWY8DUVnpbP3VxYBgf9lJDms3ldjjtIZDYrgFyB3vl1BlRVPmE-jDLnfjDjESy4gjI-GRhGmBbFrvs7PjL4hQ=

  • 10/02/2013 6:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Environmental Solutions for Communities Grant Program 2014 Request for Proposals

     

    Wells Fargo and the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) are pleased to offer financial assistance through our program, Environmental Solutions for Communities, whose mission is to help communities create a more sustainable future through responsible environmental stewardship.  This Request for Proposals invites applications for competitive funding through this initiative.


    To be considered for funding, proposals must be submitted online (www.nfwf.org/easygrants) by December 16, 2013.


    Environmental Solutions for Communities Overview

    Wells Fargo and the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation seek to promote sustainable communities through Environmental Solutions for Communities by supporting highly-visible projects that link economic development and community well-being to the stewardship and health of the environment. Collectively, investments under this initiative will promote a sustainable future for communities by:

    • Supporting sustainable agricultural practices and private lands stewardship;
    • Conserving critical land and water resources and improving local water quality;
    • Restoring and managing natural habitat, species and ecosystems that are important to community livelihoods;
    • Facilitating investments in green infrastructure, renewable energy and energy efficiency; and
    • Encouraging broad-based citizen and targeted youth participation in project implementation.
  • 10/02/2013 6:49 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
     
    Round 2: Objectives, Strategies and Alignment
    Join us for the next step in the development of the Strategic Plan for the Future of Integrated Regional Water Management in California by participating in the second round of workshops that will be held in October and November 2013 (see dates and locations below). Like the first round, these workshops will be free and open to the public. The workshops will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 3 p.m., with a one-hour lunch break.
    The Round 2 workshops are intended to build upon the extensive input received from stakeholders during the first round of workshops held in April and May 2013. However, anyone can join in and fully participate in the second round of workshops without having attended one of the first workshops.
    Using the goal statements developed at the first round of workshops, the Round 2 workshops will provide an opportunity to:
    • Discuss how federal, state, regional, and local government laws, regulations, and policies could better align with integrated regional water management; and
    • Help shape the objectives and strategic approaches that are needed for the Strategic Plan.
    Register
    If you plan on attending one or more of the workshops, please register for the workshop(s) by using this link: http://irwm.rmcwater.com/stakeholder/wsr2-registration.php.
    Registration will guarantee your spot at the workshop and ensure you receive preparatory informational materials prior to the workshops.
     

    City Date Time Address
    Clovis October, 17 2013 10 am - 3 pm Clovis Veterans Memorial District
    808 Fourth Street
    Clovis, CA 93612
    Temecula October, 22 2013 10 am - 3 pm Temecula City Hall, Conference Center
    41000 Main Street
    Temecula, CA 92590
    Burbank October, 23 2013 10 am - 3 pm Buena Vista Branch Library, Meeting Room
    300 North Buena Vista Street
    Burbank, CA 91505
    Stockton November, 14 2013 10 am - 3 pm SJC Robert J. Cabral Agricultural Center
    2101 East Earhart Avenue
    Stockton, CA 95206
    Redding November, 20 2013 10 am - 3 pm Redding Veterans Hall
    1605 Yuba Street
    Redding, CA 96001

     
    Questions
    For questions, please contact: IRWM_StrategicPlan@water.ca.gov or call (855) 397-4796.
  • 09/16/2013 10:39 AM | Deleted user
    Storm Water Awareness Week between September 23 and 27.



  • 06/12/2013 9:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The Waterboard has announced that they have changed the criteria for the LRP.  It may now be a Director and does not have to be higher up.  This pdf  (application_info_revised_final_jmc highlights.pdf ) shows the highlights and also describes the process for Wet Signature.
  • 04/24/2013 1:16 PM | Deleted user
    Finally!

    The final version of the Phase II permit is available.

    Final Phase II Permit Documents

    Check the "Members" page for further information regarding "what, how, & when to do"

  • 04/16/2013 10:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This is a message from the State Water Resources Control Board.

    Now Available:  QSD/QSP Complaint Form

     

    The Water Board has established an online form to allow submittal of complaints concerning QSDs/QSPs.    


    The Water Board intends to investigate Construction General Permit violations and associated Qualified SWPPP Developer/Practitioner requirements.  Contract and financial disputes will not be investigated.


    You may access the Storm Water Complaint Form at:     http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/sw_complaint_form.shtml

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