Implementation of Trash Implementation Plans – What Comes Next?
The Amendments to the Water Quality Control Plan for the Ocean Waters of California to Control Trash and Part 1 Trash Provisions of the Water Quality Control Plan for Inland Surface Waters, Enclosed Bays, and Estuaries of California (Statewide Trash Amendments) were adopted on April 7, 2015. The Statewide Trash Amendments required that municipalities choose either “Track 1” or “Track 2” by September 1, 2017 to comply with the narrative water quality objective for trash. Under Track 1, municipalities install a network of full capture systems (FCS) for all storm drains located in their priority land use areas (defined by the Statewide Trash Amendments). Under Track 2, municipalities use a combination of controls (multi-benefit, structural and/or institutional), as long as they can demonstrate that the combination of controls performs as well as Track 1.
At this time, decisions have been made by municipalities whether to follow Track 1 or Track 2. The next milestone is to submit, by December 1, maps of storm drain networks and FCS locations, alternative land uses, and/or Implementation Plans, depending on which track was selected. However, once that milestone is met, municipalities may be left wondering “now what?”
The presenters have in-depth knowledge of the Statewide Trash Amendments and have completed or are currently performing a variety of related analyses and field assessments for Phase I and Phase II municipalities throughout California. Through the development and implementation of a variety of trash control strategies over the past ten years, the presentation will address issues that municipalities are now facing, how those issues are interrelated, and the tasks that must be completed to that meet the requirements of the Statewide Trash Amendments.
This presentation will touch on a final checklist for the December submittals, but also focus on what the next steps for implementation could involve. It will be important to start implementing programs by 2020 in order to meet the 15 year maximum timeline (from 2015). Additionally, for pilot projects to be completed in time for planning decisions to be made, it will be important to hit the ground running. Prioritization of resources, evaluation of current programs, and program planning/management will be some of the topics presented as strategies for moving forward once the dust settles at the end of 2018.
The control of trash by municipalities spans several elements of CASQA’s Vision for 2018. This presentation will include discussion of opportunities for true source control of trash (Action 1.3), regional solutions for both Track 1 and Track 2 approaches (Action 2.6), and collaboration between agencies to convey to the public the importance of trash control efforts (Action 3.1).
The audience will be engaged in this presentation by solicitation of volunteers in the audience to relay their current strategies and plans for future efforts. Trash plan implementation is a new area to most municipalities and session attendees will be encouraged to ask questions and share ideas as we all move toward compliance with the Statewide Trash Amendments.