Water Quality Task Force

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About This Project

Geographic focus: statewide

Main activity: legislative and administrative efforts, state regulatory agencies


The Water Quality Task Force supports resource alignment efforts at the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) by providing technical guidance to agency staff. Members include municipal and regional governmental entities and businesses with experience administering water quality programs. The Water Quality Task Force’s goals include supporting California water boards on priority actions, efficient use of limited resources, and improvement of water quality outcomes. These goals are critical for the development of sustainable water policies in a state challenged by drought and climate change.

Project Details

Project Manager: Jerry Secundy, The Secundy Group
Susan Paulsen, Exponent

Meeting Location: Pasadena, CA

Project Issues
  • Participation in the STORMS process
    • Infiltration of storm water
    • Storm water capture / water rights fact sheet
    • Methodology to estimate storm water captured and used statewide
    • MS4 minimum control measures
    • Storm water inspector guidance
  • Participate in Construction General Permit (CGP) and Industrial General Permit (IGP) renewal process
  • Develop policy / guidance to facilitate use of the biotic ligand model (BLM)
  • Track and participate in rulemaking and development of guidance related to constituents of emerging concern (CECs), including PFAS and microplastics, in stormwater, wastewater, and drinking water
  • Facilitate the development of appropriate economic analysis methods for:
    • Maximum containment levels (MCLs) applicable to drinking water
    • Financial capability assessments (FCAs) for storm water permit compliance
    • Regulatory approaches that recognize resource limitations
  • Track SWRCB issues
    • Toxicity provisions
    • Development of nutrient objectives
    • Development of biointegrity plan / biological objectives
    • Program to regulate mercury in reservoirs
    • Climate change efforts
    • Human right to water