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Creek Connection I Stormwater News
The West Valley Clean Water Program Authority (Authority) is pleased to report that despite this unprecedented year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 has been a year filled with many accomplishments which would not have been made possible without the support of the Board of Directors and all of our member agency staff. Thank you all!
NPDES Permit Reissuance/MRP 3.0 Update
The State Water Board released a revised tentative schedule for MRP 3.0 that indicates an Administrative Draft release in January, an adoption hearing in December 2021, and an effective date for the reissued MRP of July 1, 2022.
NPDES State Stormwater Fees
The State Water Board adopted its three-year fee schedules for all waste discharge permits. Fees will increase 5.3% in FY20-21, 3% in FY21-22, and 7.3% in FY22-23.
New Bacteria Control Measures in MRP 3.0
MRP 3.0 is likely to include new bacteria control measures in C5 IDDE Investigations, C8 Monitoring, and C14 Bacteria. The requirements are anticipated to relate to identifying and implementing control measures and creek monitoring for bacteria. Primary sources are homeless encampments and pet waste.
Bay Area Stormwater Management Agencies Association
The Bay Area Stormwater Management Agencies Association (BASMAA) will be dissolved as a formal organization in January 2021. The Board of Directors is continuing to discuss its future structure and close-out actions.
California Stormwater Quality Association
With deep appreciation for his years of outstanding leadership, the California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA) Board of Directors announces that Geoff Brosseau will transition from the role of Executive Director to that of Executive Advisor, and Karen Cowan will assume the role of Executive Director, effective January 1, 2021. Please see the press release announcing the Executive Director transition for CASQA.
FY2019-20 Annual NPDES Report
The FY2019-20 Annual Reports were submitted to the State Board on September 30, 2020. The annual report provides documentation of activities conducted during FY2019-20. The reports can be found on the West Valley Clean Water Program Authority’s (Authority) website at:
Campbell FY2019-20 Annual Report (PDF)
Los Gatos FY2019-20 Annual Report (PDF)
Monte Sereno FY2019-20 Annual Report (PDF)
Saratoga FY2019-20 Annual Report (PDF)
Cost of Service and Long-term Funding Options Study
The Authority entered into an agreement with SCI Consulting Group for financial consulting services to conduct a cost of service study and evaluate long-term funding options. Initial data gathering is underway to determine baseline costs and revenue where applicable.
GSI Handbook Part 2
The final GSI Handbook Part 2 and the bioretention and pervious pavement typical details (in CAD and PDF) have been completed and posted on the Santa Clara Valley Urban Runoff Pollution Prevention Program (SCVURPPP) website. SCVURPPP staff are continuing to revise details for general components related to bioretention and pervious pavement and other updates over the next few months.
C.3 Stormwater Handbook Updates
SCVURPPP staff have begun working on minor updates to the 2016 version of the C.3 Handbook, based on information learned from use of the Handbook over the past few years. Additional updates will be made next fiscal year, once MRP 3.0 has been adopted.
Stormwater Treatment Measure (STM) Data Portal
SCVURPPP continues to work on updates to the STM Data Portal (formerly the GSI Database) to provide publicly accessible maps of installed STMs as well as to include trash full capture systems. A link to the publicly accessible page (map layers and filters) of the Data Portal is now available in the GSI section of the SCVURPPP website.
On-land Visual Trash Assessments (OVTA)
FY20-21 OVTAs are now underway and will be conducted at a similar level of effort as FY19-20. The OVTA protocol has been updated to collect information on the number of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) items observed during assessments to better understand the litter impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through October 2020, roughly 500 OVTAs have been conducted to date.
Los Gatos Creek Trail Grant
The City of Campbell and the Town of Los Gatos completed installation of 10 trash and recycling receptables, pet waste stations and interpretive trail signs along a six mile stretch of the Los Gatos Creek (from a Valley Water B2 Grant).
Underpass Mural Art Grant Recipient
The Authority, in partnership with the South Bay Clean Creeks Coalition (SBCCC) and the City of Campbell (Campbell), are excited to announce the grant recipient to paint a mural under the Creekside Way Bridge in Campbell along the Los Gatos Creek Trail. The winning artist is Andrew Roulette’s design. Installation of the mural will commence in December, pending weather conditions.
Due to the COVID-19 Shelter-In-Place throughout Santa Clara County schools presentations andcommunity events continue to be cancelled. However, in partnership with the Authority, the South Bay Clean Creeks Coalition (SBCCC) hosted two cleanup events in October and November with volunteers following strict safety protocols. Approximately 4.5 tons of garbage was removed along the Los Gatos Creek at Creekside Way in Campbell.
Earth Smart Actions
In January 2021, the Authority will launch Earth Smart Actions, an online platform to engage the community and students with a variety of engaging activities to accomplish meaningful environmental changes in their neighborhood.
Watershed Watch Media Campaign
As part of the countywide campaign, media advertising began in October. Advertisements on Integrated Pest Management and Low Impact Development (rain barrels, rain gardens, and pervious pavement) ran on targeted digital media (e.g., Mercury News, CNN, Business Insider), KQED Mobile App, KSTS Telemundo 48, KNTV NBC 11, KSOL 98.9/91.9 FM, KCBS 740 AM/106.9 FM, and KUFX “K-FOX” 98.5 FM.
In addition to Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, the Authority can also be found now on Instagram as CleanCreeks.
The Authority’s fall campaign ran in October and November and featured posts with Stormy the Storm Drain. Messages focused on litter, reusable products, and microplastics, a No Plastic Straw Challenge Pledge/Giveaway, and a free coloring page. The current winter campaign is on Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) with weekly #WaterWednesday posts through January that will highlight and explain individual GSI features.
FY2020-21 SCVURPPP Trainings
The FY2020-21 planned training schedule is as follows. Training content will be discussed and finalized in the appropriate AHTGs.
Construction Site Inspectors
Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI)
Early June 2021
Upcoming Meetings and Events
CASQA Quarterly Meeting - Annual State of California Update: Highlighting Regulatory Initiatives and Exploring Emerging Science, Thursday, January 14, 2021 - 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM;Agenda Register - Deadline: 12:00 PM PT (noon) - Wednesday, January 13, 2021 (webcast).
Authority Board Meeting, Thursday, February 4, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM (PST), Monte Sereno City Hall, 18041 Los Gatos-Saratoga Rd., Monte Sereno, CA 95030.
Santa Clara Valley Green Gardener Training, February 24, 2021 to March 5, 2021 (one class per week). The registration link is available at Green Gardening Registration.
Please share any content in the Authority newsletters in your agency publications. Likewise, if you would like to share any stormwater information with other member agencies, please email Pia Lusk at email@example.com and we will include it in our next publication.
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The West Valley Clean Water Program Authority (Authority) is pleased to report that 2019 has been a year filled with many accomplishments, which would not have been made possible without the support of the Board of Directors and all of our member agency staff. Thank you all!
New Authority Staff Member
Please join us in welcoming Kiley Kinnon, as our new Environmental Inspector. Kiley brings over 20 years of experience working in the stormwater field. Kiley can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org (408) 354-4734 office or (408) 442-6067 mobile.
In advance of the sunset of the storm sewer property fee collection in June 2020, the Authority evaluated options and developed a strategy for continued funding for Authority operations. Campbell, Monte Sereno and Los Gatos adopted resolutions authorizing the Authority to take over the collection of the storm sewer property-related fee in FY2019-20. The Authority conducted its first public hearing on the proposed storm sewer fees for FY2019-20, approved placement of the fees on the Santa Clara County property tax roll and began collection of the storm sewer fees in September 2019. The Authority will be evaluating options for long-term funding in early 2020.
NPDES Permit Reissuance
Our current Municipal Regional Permit (MRP 2.0) went into effect on January 1, 2016 and expires on December 31, 2020. Discussions with Water Board staff commenced earlier this year for the next permit issuance (MRP 3.0) and work groups have been meeting regularly. An administrative draft of MRP 3.0 is expected to be released in the summer of 2020 and a draft Tentative Order in early 2021. Adoption is anticipated in spring of 2021 with the new permit going into effect July 2021. The current permit (MRP 2.0) will be administratively extended until the next permit is adopted. Contact Sheila Tucker at email@example.com for additional information.
Effective January 1, 2020, California cities that issue business licenses will be required to determine whether any of the primary Standard Industrial Classification Codes (SIC) applicable to that business apply to a General Permit for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Industrial Activities (IGP) excluding construction activities. The new requirements are mandated by SB205.
If applicable, the city must also document the Waste Discharger Identification number, WDID application number, notice of non-applicability (NONA) identification number or no exposure certification (NEC) identification number for the business requesting or renewing the business license. SB205 also requires a city to keep records of the applicable documentation and submit compliance information to the State Water Board as requested. Authority staff is working with the member agencies to provide guidance and support to implement SB205 by January 1, 2020. Contact Sheila Tucker at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Trash Reduction Targets
All member agencies exceeded the trash reduction targets of 80% reduction (from 2009 levels) by 2019 as required by the Municipal Regional Permit (MRP): Campbell 99%, Los Gatos 92%, Monte Sereno 100%, Saratoga 89%. The current MRP requires permitees to meet the goal of 100% trash load reduction from 2009 levels or no adverse impacts to receiving waters by July 1, 2022.
Green Infrastructure Plans
Following a two-year long effort to develop plans to incorporate green stormwater infrastructure features into new and existing drainage infrastructure on public properties and rights-of-way, all member agency City/Town Councils adopted Green Stormwater Infrastructure Plans. The plans were submitted to the Board on September 30, 2019 as required by the MRP.
The San Francisco Estuary Institute recently released the results of a three-year study that found every year, (7) trillion tiny pieces of plastic flow into the San Francisco Bay. Billions of pieces of “microplastic” - particles smaller than (5) millimeters each pass through the Bay Area’s sewage treatment plants every year. The particles come from synthetic fibers in clothing, like fleece jackets that shed in washing machines or baby wipes flushed down toilets, and then wash down sewer pipes, pass through treatment plant filters and empty into bay waters.
As part of the Authority’s commitment to improving communication with member agencies and sharing information with residents, the Authority launched a redesign of our public website last June at www.cleancreeks.org. The content for the member-only site is currently under development and scheduled to launch in January 2020.
The Authority is working with the City of Campbell and the Town of Los Gatos to implement a grant from the Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD) to develop and install 10 environmental interpretive signs and new trash and recycling receptacles with dog waste bag receptacles along a six mile stretch of the Los Gatos Creek Trail. Ten trail sign concepts have been developed and creative design is underway.
The Authority prepared a grant application to the SCVWD to conduct a watershed Hackathon in Q4. Although the grant was not funded, the Authority will evaluate alternative sources of funding for FY2019-20 to conduct the hack-a-thon.
The Authority submitted a grant request to the SCVWD designed to educate middle and high school students about contaminants entering our water, and empowering them to make meaningful changes to improve water quality. This is accomplished through the structure of preparing a School Site Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP). Using the school site as their focus, students will design and implement activities they have identified, using water quality goals, to reduce pollutants from flowing off their campus. The Authority requested funding to do three school sites in FY2020-21.
Public Information and Outreach
The Board approved the Authority’s Public Information and Outreach Strategy in November 5. The purpose of the Strategy is to provide a framework to more tactically plan outreach activities with available staff and resources, organize the way messages are delivered to leverage partner resources and ensure MRP requirements are met. The Strategy also provides goals, measurable objectives, budget, and a structure to evaluate success over time so that resources can be most effectively targeted. Please contact Pia Lusk at email@example.com for coordination on outreach activities.
Upcoming Meetings and Events
Authority Board Meeting, Thursday, February 6, 2020 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM (PST), Monte Sereno City Hall, 18041 Los Gatos-Saratoga Rd., Monte Sereno, CA 95030.
Please share any content in the Authority newsletters in your agency publications. Likewise, if you would like to share any stormwater information with other member agencies, please email Pia Lusk at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will include in our next publication.