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SB-683 Water quality: regional municipal separate storm sewer system permits.(2021-2022)



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Amended  IN  Senate  March 09, 2021

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 683


Introduced by Senator Ochoa Bogh

February 19, 2021


An act to amend Section 8100 of add Section 13389.5 to the Water Code, relating to water.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 683, as amended, Ochoa Bogh. Flood control: counties. Water quality: regional municipal separate storm sewer system permits.
Under existing law, the State Water Resources Control Board and the 9 California regional water quality control boards regulate water quality and prescribe waste discharge requirements in accordance with the federal national pollutant discharge elimination system (NPDES) permit program established by the federal Clean Water Act and the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act.
This bill would require, to the extent permitted by federal law, a regional board that issues a municipal separate storm sewer system permit pursuant to the NPDES permit program to a region rather than to an individual discharger to include specified elements in the permit and to meet and collaborate with the permittees before or during the permit writing process.

Existing law relating to flood control in counties authorizes the board of supervisors of a county to appropriate and spend money from the general fund of the county for any of specified flood control purposes in connection with streams or rivers in the county.

This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to the above provision.

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NOYES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 13389.5 is added to the Water Code, to read:

13389.5.
 To the extent permitted by federal law, if a regional board issues a municipal separate storm sewer system permit pursuant to the national pollutant discharge elimination system permit program established in the federal Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. Sec. 1251 et seq.) to a region rather than to an individual discharger, both of the following shall apply:
(a) The permit shall provide for both of the following:
(1) Adequate flexibility to use existing programs, implementation agreements, and funding mechanisms.
(2) A methodology or mechanism to determine whether a project covered by the permit is appropriate for regulation on a regional basis or is a locally specific issue that is appropriate for regulation on an individual basis.
(b) The regional board shall meet and collaborate with the permittees before or during the permit writing process.

SECTION 1.Section 8100 of the Water Code is amended to read:
8100.

Under limitations and restrictions prescribed by law, and in addition to jurisdiction and powers otherwise conferred, the boards of supervisors, in their respective counties, may appropriate and expend money from the general fund of the county for any of the following purposes in connection with streams or rivers in the county:

(a)The construction of works, improvements, levees, or check dams to prevent overflow and flooding.

(b)The protection and reforestation of watersheds.

(c)The conservation of the flood waters.

(d)The making of all surveys, maps, and plats necessary to carry out any work, construction, or improvement authorized by this article.

(e)The carrying out of any work, construction, or improvement authorized by this article outside the county if the rivers or streams affected flow in or through more than one county.