Revisions to List of 303(d) Impaired Water Bodies--Public Comment Period Open
The San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board is accepting public comments on proposed revisions to the list of water bodies designated as "impaired" under the federal Clean Water Act. The designation of a water body--whether a bay, creek, tributary, etc.--can trigger the requirement to develop a regulatory mechanism called a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for particular pollutants that are at excess levels in the water body. A TMDL can, for example, restrict the amount of sediment that flows into a particular water body from development and other activities. Proposed revisions to the 303(d) list (proposed new designations and delistings) can be found HERE.
The Water Board is accepting public comment until 5 p.m. on March 13. The Board will hold a public hearing at 9 a.m. on Wed. April 12. For he link to the Board's web site containing information on the hearing and submitting comments, click here.