California to lose its water
DRINKING WATER REORGANIZATION
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the California Environmental Protection Agency and the California Health and Human Services Agency will hold a public meeting concerning the proposed transfer of the Drinking Water Program, currently under the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), to the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board).
The public meeting will be held as follows:
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 9:00 a.m.
Joe Serna Jr. - Cal/EPA Headquarters Building
Byron Sher Auditorium
1001 I Street, Second Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
Click here to download (.pdf) the full meeting notice!
A quorum of State Water Board members may be present, however no action will be taken. The purpose of the public meeting is to obtain input to inform the proposed transfer of the Drinking Water Program.
In summer, 2013, the Administration released a White Paper describing its proposal to transfer the Drinking Water Program. This transfer is intended to align the state's drinking water and water quality programs in an integrated organizational structure. This structure will best position the state to effectively protect water quality and meet both current needs and future demands on water resulting from climate change, increasing population, and economic growth, while still maintaining a strong public health focus. The Administration's objectives include continued focused attention on supporting small and disadvantaged communities to address their unique drinking water needs.
In September, 2013, the Secretary for Environmental Protection and the Secretary of California Health and Human Services jointly convened a Drinking Water Reorganization Task Force composed of 33 representatives of water agencies, environmental justice/disadvantaged communities, legislative staff, local health officers, local environmental health officers, environmental groups, and other entities. The Task Force met a total of seven times to provide
input on key elements of the transition, including the regulatory function of the Drinking Water Program and maintaining its public health focus; providing financial assistance for drinking water projects, including projects in disadvantaged communities; and setting Maximum Contaminant
Levels (MCLs). The Secretaries will use this input, as well as input received at the Public Meeting, to inform the Transition Plan that they will complete by February 14, 2014. The Administration's White Paper and Proposals relating to the transfer will be posted at http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/drinkingwater/ by January 3, 2013
WEBCAST OF PUBLIC MEETING
A broadcast of the meeting is planned via the Internet, to be accessed at:
PLEASE REFER TO THE PDF ABOVE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE MEETING!
Questions may be directed to Ms. Elizabeth Haven, Director of Transitions, State Water Resources Control Board, at (916) 341-5457 or Liz.Haven@waterboards.ca.gov