BACWA Bulletin - November 2015

Table of Contents


  • Recycled Water Comm. 11/4
  • Asset Management Infoshare, 11/5
  • Permits Comm., 11/10
  • Lab Comm., 11/11
  • Collection Systems Comm., 11/12
  • Executive Board, 11/20
  • Visit the Calendar for details.

Draft Nutrient Watershed Permit Group Annual Report circulated to agencies for comments

The first Group Annual report required by the Nutrient Watershed Permit will present effluent nutrient monitoring data reported by agencies to CIWQS, and an analysis of those data. The consultant team that is conducting the Nutrient Treatment Optimization and Upgrade Studies is also developing the Group Annual Report. The deadline for the 2015 Annual Report submittal was extended from October 1 to November 12 to allow BACWA to complete gathering and performing quality assurance on the data. A draft Group Annual Report has been circulated to each agency Point of Contact for review.

CCCSD wins annual Pollution Prevention Award

Congratulations to Central Contra Costa Sanitary District (CCCSD), the recipient of the 2015 Dr. Teng-Chung Wu Pollution Prevention Award from the Regional Water Board. The award recognizes CCCSD's efforts to educate its rate payers about the impacts of flushing disposable wipes down the toilet. CCCSD has launched a "Wipes Clog Pipes!" campaign to spread the message at community events, via mailers and a billboard, and online. CCCSD is also working with industry groups to develop new flushability guidelines and improve wipes’ design and labeling.

BACWA Regulatory Issues Matrix updated for October 2015

BACWA updates its Key Regulatory Issues Matrix twice each year.  The Issues Matrix is a tool to familiarize BACWA's members, and their governing bodies, with the regulatory issues facing POTWs in our Region. The Matrix was updated in October and has been posted to the website.

Triennial Review

The Regional Water Board is in the process of conducting the 2015 Triennial Review of the San Francisco Bay Basin Plan.  They kicked off the process by holding a public workshop on August 4, and issued a Brief Description of Issues they are considering for the Triennial Review Workplan. BACWA submitted a letter commenting on the prioritization of issues in the Triennial Review and proposing two new projects, which are a change in how chlorine residual is regulated, as well as a new policy for permitting reverse osmosis concentrate discharge from recycled water projects.  A Triennial Review Staff Report has been issued.  The projects that are highly ranked and will be allocated resources are as follows:
  1. Review and Refine Dissolved Oxygen Objectives for San Francisco Bay
  2. Climate Change and Water Resources Policy
  3. Develop Numeric Nutrient Endpoints (NNEs) in Freshwater Streams and Estuaries
  4. Develop Nutrient Water Quality Objectives for San Francisco Bay Estuaries
  5. Using Wastewater to Create, Restore, and Enhance Wetlands
  6. Lake Merced Dissolved Oxygen and pH Objectives (this project can only be accomplished with additional resources).
Comments on the Staff Report are due by November 23. The public hearing on the Triennial Review will be held on December 16.

Nominate a colleague for BACWA's Arleen Navarret Award

This award of $1,000 was created in honor of Arleen Navarret and her dedication to improving the health of the San Francisco Bay. Arleen spent nearly 30 years with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and provided leadership to BACWA and Tri-TAC boards and committees. Her combination of technical and regulatory expertise and interpersonal skills has been invaluable to BACWA. Her development of effective relationships with regulators and community-based non-profits has resulted in the development of more thoughtful and effective water quality regulations. This is a biennial award honoring emerging leaders in the BACWA community exhibiting characteristics possessed by former BACWA Chair, Arleen Navarret. Applications are due by November 13, 2015 and should be submitted by e-mail as an attachment to

What's new in BACWA's Committees

Asset Management Infoshare

The Bay Area Asset Management Group has been incorporated into BACWA as part of the Infoshare Group.  Meetings will be held quarterly. The next meeting will be held November 5, from 11am to 1pm, at Central Contra Costa Sanitary District. The meeting will feature a presentation by Paul Bonitz, SFPUC, on "Implementing Mobile Devices for Warehouse and Tool Room". See meeting agenda. Attendees should RSVP to Dana Lawson.


The October BAPPG meeting featured a presentation by James Parrish of the Regional Water Board on Pollution Prevention Reporting.  The presentation included a description of the components that the Regional Water Board would like to see when reviewing POTWs' reports, as well as a discussion on how to improve the readabilty of the reports. The meeting also included a presentation by Anne Doherty of the DTSC on the Safer Consumer Products Regulation which is intended to provide a non-legislative pathway to phase out constituents and products of concern.  She invited the wastewater community to submit data on constituents of concern that POTWs would like to see controlled or phased out in the future.

Collections Systems Committee

The next meeting on November 12 will feature a round-table discussion on how Cities and Agencies are preparing for the El Niño weather event that is forecast this winter. Regional Water Board staff will attend the November meeting to discuss staffing and their priorities for the coming year. For background on the last meeting, see the September Collections Systems Committee Report.

Permits Committee

Over the past several years, the Regional Monitoring Program (RMP) has faced diminished funding and has to cut its program accordingly. The Regional Water Board is interested in bolstering funding to the RMP and has been working with BACWA to identify possible monitoring reductions that could be implemented as an offset for increased funding from POTWs to the RMP. The overall concept is that the  funds would be better spent on receiving water monitoring than effluent monitoring.The permits committee will be discussing ways to implement this trade. For more information, please see previous Permits Committee Reports.

Upcoming Events

Baywork Training Buffet
November 19, 2015
EBMUD Adeline Maintenance Facility, Training Resource Center
1100 21st Street, Oakland, CA

BACWA Annual Members Meeting
January 15, 2016
Boy Scout Council, San Leandro, 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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