Recent Updates

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Recent Updates from West Yost

West Yost staff stays current on industry news, both local to our clients, as well as state and federal changes in regulations and standards. We provide regular summaries below.

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America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018
Impacts to Water and Wastewater Utilities

This legislation includes provisions that impact water and wastewater utilities. The attached flyer summarizes key impacts to the water industry. The full text of the new law is available at: www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/3021/text.

 

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Grants Due for Shoreline Protection and Restoration
San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority, Measure AA

The San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority (SFBRA) released its annual call for proposals to provide approximately $25M in Measure AA grant funds for shoreline projects that will protect and restore San Francisco Bay by: reducing trash, pollution, and harmful toxins; improving water quality; restoring habitat for fish, birds, and wildlife; protecting communities from floods; and increasing shoreline public access and recreational areas.

SFBRA gives priority to projects that:

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DWR Flood Emergency Response Grants
Industry Update

This is an ongoing grant program administered by DWR who has released the Final Flood Emergency Response Projects – Statewide Grant Round 3 Guidelines and Proposal Solicitation Package (PDF) and is accepting applications. The 90- day application period closes January 29, 2018, and applications are due no later than 5:00 PM on January 29, 2018.

Program Summary

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Sustainable Groundwater Management Act
Gaining a Strategic Start on Addressing New Groundwater Legislation

For the first time in history, California has enacted legislation that gives local agencies the authority and responsibility to manage groundwater supplies in a sustainable manner over the long-term. The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA or Act) requires the formation of one or more Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) for the 127 groundwater basins/subbasins identified as high and medium priority by the Department of Water Resources (DWR) with adjudicated basins being largely exempt. The Act does not apply to basins currently prioritized as low and very low.

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Groundwater Resources
Links to Sustainable Groundwater Management Act Resources and More

California Water Plan Update Webinar

The much anticipated Groundwater Report, prepared in conjunction with California Water Plan Update 2013, is ready for release. Join the Project Team for a 60 minute overview and short question and answer session.  TWO WEBINARS WILL BE GIVEN, one on April 23rd (9 a.m.) and the second on April 24th (10 a.m.).  Please register for the date and time that works best for you. Both will use the same agenda and presentations.

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SB 231 Stormwater Funding Act Clarifications
Fall, 2017

Senate Bill Number 231 (SB 231) clarifies that storm drains are sewers for the purposes of Proposition 218. This simple clarification will dramatically change the way Cities, Counties, and Districts can fund their stormwater infrastructure capital costs, operations and maintenance costs, stormwater quality regulatory costs, and the cost of services being provided. By establishing this clarification, stormwater systems can be funded like sanitary sewer systems have been funded since Proposition 218 was passed in 1996.

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A Summary of the California State Water Resources Control Board’s New Recycled Water General Order

On June 7, 2016, the California State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) adopted Water Reclamation Requirements (WRRs) for Recycled Water Use (General Order), which establishes conditions for the permitting and use of recycled water for non-potable uses. The General Order replaces the general order issued in 2014, Waste Discharge Requirements (WDRs) for Recycled Water Use. 

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