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  • 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

  • 01/28/2013 9:16 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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

    The State Water Board has released the proposed final Phase II Small MS4 General Permit to be considered by the Board for adoption at the February 5, 2013, Board meeting . The proposed final Phase II Small MS4 General Permit is posted at:

    www.waterboards.ca.gov/phaseIIpermit

    The staff responses to comments received on the November 16, 2012, draft permit are expected to be posted next week.

     

    Additionally, the SWRCB has posted an ex parte communication disclosure by Lucas Advocates as required by SB965.  The disclosure is posted to the Phase II MS4 Permit Program web page at:

    http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/stormwater/phaseii_sb965.shtml

    If you have any questions, please contact Ali Dunn at (916) 341 - 6899 or via email at ali.dunn@waterboards.ca.gov.

    Thank you. 

  • 11/19/2012 6:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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

    The State Water Board has released the draft Phase II Small MS4 general permit for a 30-day public comment period beginning November 16, 2012 through December 17, 2012.  The Revised Draft Phase II Small MS4 Permit, with revisions made since May 21, 2012, is posted on the State Water Board’s Web site at: www.waterboards.ca.gov/phaseIIpermit.

    Please see the attached formal notice of opportunity to comment and notice of adoption Board Meeting scheduled for February 5, 2013, NOT January 22, 2013 as previously stated. 

    If you have any questions, please contact Ali Dunn at 916.341.6899 or via email at ali.dunn@waterboards.ca.gov

  • 11/13/2012 9:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The State Water Board has revised the schedule for the draft Phase II Small MS4 permit and will consider adoption at its regularly scheduled January 22, 2012 Board meeting. This email is being sent out to inform the interested parties of the revised schedule.

     

    The State Water Board anticipates sending out a formal notice of opportunity to comment and notice of adoption meeting no later than November 16, 2012. The State Water Board will provide a 30-day comment period that is expected to close on December 17, 2012. Comments will be limited to revisions made since the draft permit was last noticed for public comment.

     

    The Response to Comments document for comments received on the previously circulated version of the draft permit will be available no later than November 28, 2012. 

     

    If you have any questions, please contact Ali Dunn at 916.341.6899 or via email at ali.dunn@waterboards.ca.gov

  • 05/22/2012 6:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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

    A second draft of the Phase II Small MS4 General Permit (draft Small MS4 Permit) is available for review and public comment.  The draft Small MS4 Permit documents are available for download at:   www.waterboards.ca.gov/phaseIIpermit

    Interested parties are invited to participate in the process by submitting written comments on the draft Small MS4 Permit.  Written comments are due no later than 12:00 PM Noon on Monday July 23rd 2012.  Interested parties may also give verbal testimony at one of the staff workshops or the Public Hearing. 

    The Public Hearing is scheduled for August 8, 2012.

    The Staff Workshops details are located at:
    www.waterboards.ca.gov/phaseIIpermit and scheduled for the following dates:

    Staff Workshops
    June 15, 2012 - Sacramento
    June 18, 2012 - San Luis Obispo
    June 20, 2012 - Santa Rosa
    June 26, 2012 - Costa Mesa
    June 28, 2012 - Redding

    Public Hearing
    August 8, 2012 - Sacramento

    Please note the Response to Comments document on the June 2011 draft will be released the week of May 21st.  

  • 05/22/2012 6:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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

    Attached is the Public Notice for the second draft of the Phase II Small MS4 General Permit (draft Small MS4 Permit). The draft Small MS4 Permit is available for review and public comment and the documents are available for download at:   www.waterboards.ca.gov/phaseIIpermit

    Interested parties are invited to participate in the process by submitting written comments on the draft Small MS4 Permit.  Written comments are due no later than 12:00 PM Noon on Monday July 23rd 2012.  Interested parties may also give verbal testimony at one of the staff workshops or the Public Hearing. 

    The Public Hearing is scheduled for August 8, 2012.

    The Staff Workshops details are located at:
    www.waterboards.ca.gov/phaseIIpermit and scheduled for the following dates:

    Staff Workshops
    June 15, 2012 - Sacramento
    June 18, 2012 - San Luis Obispo
    June 20, 2012 - Santa Rosa
    June 26, 2012 - Costa Mesa
    June 28, 2012 - Redding

    Public Hearing
    August 8, 2012 - Sacramento

    Please note the Response to Comments document on the June 2011 draft will be released the week of May 21st.  

  • 05/22/2012 6:41 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Save the date – Monday, July 9, 2012 ,  9AM to 3 PM – for a workshop  to organize a Regional Monitoring Program for the San Joaquin River.   


    As described at the February 14 Forum Workshop in Modesto, CURES is laying the groundwork for a program to facilitate coordination among public and private entities that currently monitor the San Joaquin River. 

     

    Sign-up for the workshop at http://www.curesworks.org/sjRiverWorkshop.asp.

     

    The July 9 meeting will focus on the next steps for organizing a Regional Monitoring Program (RMP).  This meeting was tentatively set for June 12 but rescheduled to July 9 due to a Regional Water Board meeting on the 12th. 


    The next steps for setting up a San Joaquin River RMP include:
        - Reviewing draft language for an MOU between interested parties;
        - Prioritize issues of interest among entities performing monitoring; 
        - Discuss priority questions an RMP might consider answering.


    Featured at the July 9 workshop will be presentations on organizational components and an initial approach for an RMP followed by breakout sessions to gather feedback from participants on the next steps for the RMP.  The expected outcome of the meeting is a list of operating principles and plan to move forward. 

     

    A key question to be addressed at the workshop:  Are basic descriptors of the system (flow, temperature, conductivity) readily available with the spatial coverage and on the timeframes needed to make management decisions?


    Implementing real time management approaches to salts and nutrients (e.g., releasing discharges during times of higher flow) is considered to be a viable approach that needs serious consideration.  This issue is a high priority for the Regional Water Board, Bureau of Reclamation, and Department of Water Resources.  Real time management of the San

    Joaquin River will require:
        - ready access to flow and conductivity data that are comparable across

            the region; 
        - have the needed spatial coverage and temporal resolution; 
        - the information can be efficiently integrated; and 
        - data can be evaluated with models and other decision support tools.

     

    An agenda for the July 9 workshop will be posted at  http://www.curesworks.org/sjRiverWorkshop.asp


    Other documents on the CURES website include:
    Strawman Proposal (PDF)
    San Joaquin River Regional Monitoring Program - A proposed plan

    developed by CURES, US EPA and the State Water Resources Control Board;

    Proposed Strategy for San Joaquin River Basin Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment (PDF)

    San Francisco Estuary Institute; Thomas Jabusch, Brock Bernstein 

     

     

    Parry Klassen
    Executive Director
    Coalition for Urban/Rural Environmental Stewardship
    559-288-8125
    pklassen@unwiredbb.com 

  • 03/26/2012 2:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    When a Parking Lot Is So Much More

    By ERAN BEN-JOSEPH

    Cambridge, Mass.

    NO ONE loves a parking lot. In her song “Big Yellow Taxi,” Joni Mitchell laments, “They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.” The parking lot is the antithesis of nature’s fields and forests, an ugly reminder of the costs of our automobile-oriented society. But as long as we prefer to get around by car (whether powered by fossil fuel, solar energy or hydrogen), the parking lot is here to stay. It’s hard to imagine an alternative.

    Or is it? I believe that the modern surface parking lot is ripe for transformation. Few of us spend much time thinking about parking beyond availability and convenience. But parking lots are, in fact, much more than spots to temporarily store cars: they are public spaces that have major impacts on the design of our cities and suburbs, on the natural environment and on the rhythms of daily life. We need to redefine what we mean by “parking lot” to include something that not only allows a driver to park his car, but also offers a variety of other public uses, mitigates its effect on the environment and gives greater consideration to aesthetics and architectural context.

    It’s estimated that there are three nonresidential parking spaces for every car in the United States. That adds up to almost 800 million parking spaces, covering about 4,360 square miles undefined an area larger than Puerto Rico. In some cities, like Orlando and Los Angeles, parking lots are estimated to cover at least one-third of the land area, making them one of the most salient landscape features of the built world.

    Such coverage comes with environmental costs. The large, impervious surfaces of parking lots increase storm-water runoff, which damages watersheds. The exposed pavement increases the heat-island effect, by which urban regions are made warmer than surrounding rural areas. Since cars are immobile 95 percent of the time, you could plausibly argue that a Prius and a Hummer have much the same environmental impact: both occupy the same 9-by-18-foot rectangle of paved space.

    A better parking lot might be covered with solar canopies so that it could produce energy while lowering heat. Or perhaps it would be surfaced with a permeable material like porous asphalt and planted with trees in rows like an apple orchard, so that it could sequester carbon and clean contaminated runoff.

    The ubiquity of parking lots has also led to an overlooked social dimension: In the United States, parking lots may be the most regularly used outdoor space. They are public places that people interact with and use on a daily basis, whether working, shopping, running errands, eating, even walking undefined parking lots are one of the few places where cars and pedestrians coexist.

    Better parking lots would embrace and expand this role. Already, many lots provide space for farmers’ markets, spontaneous games of street hockey, tailgating, even teenagers’ illicit nighttime parties. This range of activities suggests that parking lots are a “found” place: they satisfy needs that are not yet met by our designed surroundings. Planned with greater intent, parking lots could actually become significant public spaces, contributing as much to their communities as great boulevards, parks or plazas. For instance, the Italian architect Renzo Piano, when redesigning the Fiat Lingotto factory in Turin, eliminated the parking lot’s islands and curbs and planted rows of trees in a dense grid, creating an open, level space under a soft canopy of foliage that welcomes pedestrians as naturally as it does cars.

    The parking lot also has an underutilized architectural function. A parking lot is the first part of a space you visit or live next to. It is typically the gateway through which dwellers, customers, visitors or employees pass before they enter a building. Architects and designers often discuss the importance of “the approach” as establishing the tone for a place, as the setting for the architecture itself. Developers talk about the importance of “first impressions” to the overall atmosphere conveyed to the user.

    Yet parking lots are rarely designed with this function in mind. When they are, the effect is stunning. For instance, the parking lot at the Dia art museum in Beacon, N.Y., created by the artist Robert Irwin and the architecture firm OpenOffice, was planned as an integral element of the visitor’s arrival experience, with an aesthetically deft progression from the entry road to the parking lot to an allée that leads to the museum’s lobby.

    For something that occupies such a vast amount of land and is used on a daily basis by so many people, the parking lot should receive more attention than it has. We need to ask: what can a parking lot be?

    Eran Ben-Joseph, a professor of urban planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is the author of “Rethinking a Lot: The Design and Culture of Parking.” 

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