Public Notices and Documents for ReviewThe San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board (Water Board) requests public comments on many types of draft documents: Basin Plan amendments, adoption of TMDLs (Total Maximum Daily Loads), NPDES permits, Waste Discharge Requirements, Site Cleanup Requirements, Enforcement Orders, California Environmental Quality Act documents and more. This page contains links to public notices for projects currently in a public comment period. In addition, you will find links to pages containing support materials (fact sheets, regulation text, etc.) below the public notices.
You may also visit the Water Board Meeting Calendar for information about comment periods, public hearings and meetings.
- Board Meetings
- Basin Planning and TMDLs
- Enforcement Actions
- Proposed (Tentative) Orders for Consideration by the Board
- Site Cleanup
- Section 401 Water Quality Certification
- Storm Water
- Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems
- Waste Discharge Requirements
Laws and Regulations Relevant to Current Public Proceedings
- California Water Code
- California Code of Regulations
- Title 23. Waters
- Title 27. Environmental Protection
How to Participate
Basin Planning and TMDLs
- For public notices and draft documents for review on NPDES related matter, please see Proposed (Tentative) Orders for Consideration by the Board.
Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems
San Mateo County’s Local Agency Management Program (San Mateo LAMP) for Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (OWTS) is available for public comment in advance of the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board’s approval. The draft Water Board approval letter is also available for public comment. Approval will authorize San Mateo County to continue to manage OWTS within its jurisdiction in accordance with the State Water Resources Control Board’s Water Quality Control Policy for the Siting, Design, Operation, and Maintenance of Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (OWTS Policy). The public comment period is closed.
Site Cleanup Requirement Rescission for Pennzoil-Quaker State, for the facility located at 2015 Grand Street in Alameda. The public comment period is closed.
Section 401 Water Quality Certification
Strategic Shallow Water Placement Project to Restore San Francisco Bay’s Natural Infrastructure with Dredged Sediment
The San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have jointly developed a draft Environmental Assessment and Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (EA-IS/MND) for the proposed San Francisco Bay Strategic Shallow-Water Placement Pilot Project (Project). The Project proposes to place approximately 100,000 cubic yards of dredged sediment from the Redwood City Harbor Project in shallow tidal waters offshore of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Eden Landing Ecological Reserve. The Project will assess the ability of this strategy to transport sediment onto mudflats and marshes in and around Eden Landing, and determine whether this procedure can increase the efficiency of sediment delivery to help these systems keep pace with rising sea levels. The Water Board will receive written comments on the draft EA-IS/MND until no later than 5:00 PM on October 24, 2022.
- Public Notice of the Draft Environmental Assessment and Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Proposed San Francisco Bay Strategic Shallow-Water placement Pilot Project
Resolutions for Consideration by the Board
Municipal Regional Stormwater NPDES Permit Reissuance
San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board (Water Board) staff has prepared a Tentative Order for the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit covering municipal stormwater discharges from entities in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Solano counties listed in the documents linked below. The Tentative Order, also referred to as the Municipal Regional Stormwater Permit or MRP, will replace the Permittees’ existing permit.
The Tentative Order was posted for public review on September 10, 2021. The Water Board held a two-day public workshop hearing on October 12 and 13, 2021, where it received public comments on the Tentative Order. Written comments on the Tentative Order were accepted through November 16, 2021. The comment period has closed.
Water Board staff have prepared a Revised Tentative Order and Response to Comments Received. The Water Board will consider adoption of the Revised Tentative Order at a hearing during its May 11, 2022, Board Meeting.
The Revised Tentative Order and associated documents are linked below.
- Supplemental – Staff Changes and Corrections to Revised Tentative Order – May 6, 2022
- Errata Sheet #2 – Corrections and Clarifications to Revised Tentative Order – May 4, 2022
- Errata Sheet #1 – Provision C.10 Trash Reduction – April 26, 2022
- Notice of Revised Tentative Order and Public Hearing for the reissuance of the Municipal Regional Stormwater NPDES Permit
- Municipal Regional Stormwater NPDES Permit Revised Tentative Order - April 11, 2022
- Attachment A (Fact Sheet) Revised Tentative Order
- Attachments B-H, Revised Tentative Order
- Response to Comments Received
- Municipal Regional Stormwater NPDES Permit Tentative Order – September 10, 2021
If you have questions regarding this matter, please contact Derek Beauduy at (510) 622-2348 or via email to RB2-MRP@waterboards.ca.gov.
The following video of a Bay Area Regional Collaborative Board meeting includes a presentation on the Municipal Regional Permit Reissuance (beginning at around 35 minutes). The presentation provides a status update from January 2021 and an overview of the focus on resilient green infrastructure. It is a resource on green infrastructure that the Regional Water Board staff believe to be informative, and the Board members may view it: Bay Area Regional Collaborative on 2021-01-15 10:00 AM.
Waste Discharge Requirements
The draft Notice of Applicability for Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District enrollment under the General Waste Discharge Requirements for the Discharge of Biosolids to Land for Use as a Soil Amendment in Agricultural Activities (Order No. 2004-0012-DWQ) is available for public comment. Enrollment will conditionally authorize the land application of biosolids, generated from the Discharger’s wastewater treatment plant, to agricultural areas on District property. The public comment period is closed.