BACWA Bulletin - July 2019

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Nutrient Reporting Worksheet available for new Watershed Permit

The second Nutrient Watershed Permit was adopted on May 8, 2019, and came into effect July 1, 2019. The new Watershed Permit shifts the reporting year from the Permit Year (July 1 through June 30) to the Water Year (October 1 through September 30).  Each year, the consultant team that develops the Group Annual Report develops a Data Input Workbook.This workbook is intended to be a copy of your discharge data that your agency submits to CIWQS as part of the Nutrient Watershed Permit requirements. Completed data sheets for the period from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019, the last year of the first Watershed Permit, are due by the end of July, 2019. 

The consultant team has updated the Group Annual Report Data Input Workbook for the new Watershed Permit. It includes space to enter influent and discharge data for July though September 2019. Influent data is required by the Permit for agencies rated at more that 10 mgd, and is requested for all agencies, as it may provide broader context for changes in effluent loads. Instructions for the workbook are located on the first worksheet titled “Readme”. Please plan to return these workbooks to Mike Falk and Glen Lischeske (CC’ed) as soon as you have completed your September 2019 CIWQS reporting for inclusion in the February 2020 Group Annual Report. In future permit years, permittees will only need to submit one data sheet reflecting the Water Year.

BAPPG seeks GIS shape files to draw agency jurisdicational map

BAPPG is creating a GIS map of all the Bay Area wastewater agency service areas that will be available on and The map would be used by agencies to determine boundaries, and for customers and industries to determine responsible agencies. USD is ready to start collecting data and compiling it into a single file. Please request that your agency's GIS Specialists send the shapefile for your sewer service area map to Doug Datawalker. Please contact Doug if you have any questions about this effort.

Regional Water Board is accepting nominations for P2 award

Each year, the Water Board presents the “WuHoo” Award annually in memory of former Water Board employee, Dr. Teng-chung Wu, an early advocate for pollution prevention. Dr. Wu believed the best way to keep Bay Area water clean was to keep pollutants from getting into wastewater in the first place, instead of constructing expensive treatment works to remove them.  A list of past award recipients is available here. To submit a nomination please email Debbie Phan a description regarding your nominee and how they have helped advance pollution prevention in the Bay Area. Nominees can be agencies, non-governmental organizations, industrial users, or individuals.

State of the Estuary Conference issues call for poster abstracts

Every two years, the San Francisco Estuary Partnership brings a focus on the management and ecological health of the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary. The 14th Biennial State of the San Francisco Estuary Conference will be held October 21 – 22, 2019 at the Scottish Rite Center in Oakland, CA. The Conference showcases the latest information about the region’s work to sustain and improve the estuary’s habitats, living resources, water quality, climate resilience, and environmental stewardship. The 2019 Call for Poster Abstracts is posted and the submission link is now open. Poster abstracts are due by July 15th. Stay tuned for more updates on the conference.

State Water Board updates schedule for Toxicity Provisions adoption

The State Water Board has again posted a new, revised schedule for adoption of the Toxicity Provisions. They now plan to release the provisions in late summer, with adoption some time in Fall 2019. BACWA and other POTW representatives have been meeting, and will continue to meet with the Water Board members and staff to discuss our concerns with the proposed Toxicity Provisions.  If you would like more information about these meetings, please contact Lorien Fono.

Member News

The BACWA Bulletin is introducing a new section to highlight news items submitted by our members.  If you would like a news item from your agency to appear in this space, please email

What's new in BACWA's Committees

AIR Committee

The March AIR committee meeting included further discussion about regulations implementing AB1383 that will divert biosolids from landfills, BAAQMD's Regulation 13 (Climate Pollutant Rule Development), and proposed flare rules under development throughout the State. The next meeting will be the joint meeting with BAAQMD staff, and will tentatively be held in August. See previous AIR meeting materials.


The June meeting included a presentations from 5 Gyres and SFEI on microplastics in the Bay. The August meeting will be the annual pollutant selection exercise and will take place at SFPUC. For more information, see previous BAPPG meeting materials.

Biosolids Committee

At this time, biosolids activities in the Bay Area are being largely conducted by the Bay Area Biosolids Coalition, which will be a BACWA program of special benefit, beginning in Fiscal Year 2020. The BACWA Biosolids Committee will be conducting business solely by email for the foreseeable future, and will be only meeting on as-needed basis. 

Collections Systems Committee

At the April meeting, Joe Schiavone, Deputy Director of Water and Sewer for the City of Santa Rosa, gave a presentation on fire response and recovery, with a focus on collection systems impacts. The committee also continued to discuss the State Water Board's SSS WDR reissuance process. The next meeting will be July 25 and include a presentation on the rehabilitation of Napa Sanitation District’s 50 year-old 66-inch reinforced concrete trunk main. For more information, see previous Collections Systems Committee Reports.

Laboratory Committee

The laboratory committee is working to compile an instrumentation database so members can see what equipment are used by agencies in the Region. For more information, contact Chris Francis. The laboratory committee will now meet every other month.  Most meeting will be the second Tuesday, from 10 am to noon, immediately prior to the permits committee meeting. The next meeting will be August 13.

Permits Committee

At the June meeting, the committee reviewed the revised data worksheet for the Nutrient Watershed Permit. Regional Water Board staff will attend the August meeting. For more information about committee activities, please see previous Permits Committee Reports.

Pretreatment Committee

At the March meeting, EPA staff were present to discuss inspection and enforcement priorities. Presentations from the March 11 Pretreatment Master Class training are now posted.

Operations and Maintenance Infoshare Group

The April meeting was held at Sunnyvale WPCP and featured a tour of construction activities at the Plant. The next meeting will be held on July 24, 2019, at the Livermore Water Reclamation Plant, and the group will discuss staffing and scheduling issues.

Recycled Water Committee

The May meeting featured an update on the transition of 96-011 permittees to the State General Order, as well as the Committee's role in overseeing the Recycled Water Study required by the Nutrient Watershed Permit (see above).  Updates on this study will be a standing item on future committee agendas. For more information about committee activities, please see Recycled Water Committee meeting notes.

Upcoming Events

RMP Annual Meeting, October 10, 2019, 9:00am to 4:00pm, David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

State of the Estuary Conference, October 21 – 22, 2019, Scottish Rite Center, Oakland, CA.

BACWA External Representation

Collaboration with outside groups and initiatives is an important facet of BACWA's mission. Below is a list of BACWA's representatives to these  technical, regulatory, and management groups:

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