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Dec 19

Creek Connection I Stormwater News - December 2019

Posted on December 19, 2019 at 3:11 PM by Pia Lusk

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 kkinnon@wvcwp.org (408) 354-4734 office or (408) 442-6067 mobile. 

Authority Funding
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 stucker@wvcwp.org for additional information.

SB205
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 stucker@wvcwp.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.

Microplastics
The San Francisco Estuary Institute recently released the results of a three-year study that found every year, seven (7) trillion tiny pieces of plastic flow into the San Francisco Bay. Billions of pieces of “microplastic” - particles smaller than five (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.

The study also revealed 300 times more of the microplastic comes from storm drains, the largest source of the particles. The drains collect plastic litter from roads, foam food packaging, rubber bits from car tires, and other sources and deliver the debris to creeks and the bay, especially during wet winter months, where it breaks down but never fully disappears. While the science of microplastics is still in its infancy, this is an emerging anthropogenic pollutant that we anticipate hearing more about. Two articles: San Jose Mercury News Article and San Francisco Chronicle Article

CloudCompli
The Authority purchased CloudCompli, a software solution that will be used to digitize workflow and streamline stormwater inspection compliance and reporting. On-boarding is underway with the system anticipated to be operational in early 2020.

Website Redesign
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 early 2020.

Grants
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. 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 metThe 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 plusk@wvcwp.org for information or opportunities to coordinate 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 plusk@wvcwp.org and we will include in our next publication.



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