AB 1251, as amended, Gorell. Water quality: stormwater.
Under existing law, the State Water Resources Control Board and the California regional water quality control boards prescribe waste discharge requirements for the discharge of stormwater in accordance with the national pollutant discharge elimination system permit program established by the federal Clean Water Act and the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act.
This bill would require the Secretary for Environmental Protection to convene a stormwater task force to review, plan, and coordinate stormwater-related activity to maximize regulatory effectiveness in reducing water pollution. The bill would require the task force to meet on a quarterly basis.
This bill would require the task force, on or before January 1, 2017, to submit to the Legislature a statewide stormwater plan regarding stormwater management. The bill would require the task force, in developing the plan, to consider specified issues. The bill would repeal this provision on January 1, 2021.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
The Legislature finds and declares all of the
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19 possesses a world-leading air pollution control
20program that continues to strive toward meeting aggressive air
21quality goals through holistic approaches and strategies. While the
22air pollution cleanup effort started in the 1970s through strict
23command-and-control regulations, the second stage required state
24and local air quality management districts and air pollution control
25districts to consider market-based approaches in conjunction with
26source control practices that helped California meet state and
27federal air pollution reduction goals. This holistic effort required
28a redesigning of our transportation network and a redesigning of
31 In a similar way, the state’s approach to water quality issues
32should require a comprehensive approach that will make
33stormwater cleanup manageable and achievable. For example, the
34Legislature and various state agencies should consider how brake
35pad dust (copper), tire wear (zinc), vehicular fluids (oil, coolants,
36etc.), building materials, and other pollutants
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P3 1significant burden trying to clean these pollutants from stormwater
2runoff, over which they have no control.
3(c) Cities in California are taking legal action to challenge state
4and federal stormwater quality requirements. A long-term approach
5is needed to ensure cleaner water is entering our waterways without
6crippling the entities that are held responsible for cleaning up the
7discharges into our waterways. A
8 viable long-term approach will require coordination
11among existing regulatory programs, which will provide a more
12effective mechanism to achieve the goals of state and federal
13statutes, while minimizing costs for stakeholders.
Chapter 5.10 (commencing with Section 13399.50) is
15added to Division 7 of the Water Code, to read:
(a) The Secretary for Environmental Protection
20shall convene a Stormwater Task Force to review, plan, and
21coordinate stormwater-related activity to maximize regulatory
22effectiveness in reducing water pollution.
23(b) The task force shall include all of the following members:
24(1) Representatives from appropriate agencies and departments
25within the California Environmental Protection Agency.
26(2) The Secretary of Food and Agriculture.
27(3) A representative from the Office of Planning and Research.
28(c) The task force shall meet on a quarterly basis.
(a) On or before January 1, 2017, the stormwater
30task force shall submit to the Legislature, pursuant to Section 9795
31of the Government Code, a statewide stormwater plan that makes
32recommendations on appropriate legislation to integrate the control
33of sources of stormwater pollutants with existing programs related
34to water quality in an efficient manner. In developing the plan, the
35task force shall consider all of the following:
36(1) The full spectrum of stormwater constituents that are
37considered pollutants and all potential methods to address and
38control the sources of those pollutants.
cost-effectiveness and the economic impacts of the
P4 1(3) The costs and benefits of stormwater capture and
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2 systems as compared to stormwater discharge regulations.
3(4) The beneficial uses of water.
4(5) The benefits to public health.
5(6) Consistency with the fundamentals of the federal Clean
6Water Act (33 U.S.C. Sec. 1251 et seq.).
7(b) Pursuant to Section 10231.5 of the Government Code, this
8section shall be repealed on January 1, 2021.