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SB-579 Water quality control plans: alternative measures.(2017-2018)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 13170 of the Water Code is amended to read:

13170.
 (a)  The state board may adopt water quality control plans in accordance with the provisions of Sections 13240 to 13244, inclusive, insofar as they are applicable, for waters for which water quality standards are required by the Federal Water Pollution Control Act and acts amendatory thereof or supplementary thereto. Such These  plans, when adopted, supersede any regional water quality control plans for the same waters to the extent of any conflict. If a water quality control plan or any amendment to a water quality control plan is adopted that has an impact on stream flow, the state board shall analyze the contributions that nonflow measures and adaptive management can provide to the achievement of relevant water quality objectives and ensure those contributions are accounted for in the water quality control plan or amendment to the water quality control plan. 
(b) The amendments to this section made by the act adding this subdivision shall not be construed as an additional grant of authority to the state board.

SEC. 2.

 Section 13241 of the Water Code is amended to read:

13241.
 (a)  Each regional board shall establish such water quality objectives in water quality control plans as in its judgment will ensure the reasonable protection of beneficial uses and the prevention of nuisance; however, it is recognized that it may be possible for the quality of water to be changed to some degree without unreasonably affecting beneficial uses. Factors to be considered by a regional board in establishing water quality objectives shall include, but not necessarily be limited to, all of the following:
(a) (1)  Past, present, and probable future beneficial uses of water.
(b) (2)  Environmental characteristics of the hydrographic unit under consideration, including the quality of water available thereto.
(c) (3)  Water quality conditions that could reasonably be achieved through the coordinated control of all factors which affect water quality in the area.
(d) (4)  Economic considerations.
(e) (5)  The need for developing housing within the region.
(f) (6)  The need to develop and use recycled water.
(b) If a water quality control plan or any amendment to a water quality control plan is adopted that has an impact on stream flow, a regional board shall analyze the contributions that nonflow measures and adaptive management can provide to the achievement of relevant water quality objectives and ensure those contributions are accounted for in the water quality control plan or amendment to the water quality control plan.
(c) The amendments to this section made by the act adding this subdivision shall not be construed as an additional grant of authority to a regional board.