California Water Quality Monitoring Council (CA Senate Bill 1070)

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Background

In November 2007, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by the Secretaries of the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) and the California Natural Resources Agency to establish the California Water Quality Monitoring Council (Monitoring Council). The MOU was mandated by CA Senate Bill 1070 (Kehoe, 2006) and requires the boards, departments and offices within the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) and the California Natural Resources Agency to integrate and coordinate their water quality and related ecosystem monitoring, assessment, and reporting.

CA Senate Bill 1070 (Water Code Sections 13167 and 13181) and the MOU require that the Monitoring Council develop specific recommendations to improve the coordination and cost-effectiveness of water quality and ecosystem monitoring and assessment, enhance the integration of monitoring data across departments and agencies, and increase public accessibility to monitoring data and assessment information. While the Monitoring Council may recommend new monitoring or management initiatives, it will build on existing effort to the greatest extent possible. The Monitoring Council published its initial recommendations in December 2008, and its recommendations for A Comprehensive Monitoring Program Strategy for California in December 2010.

Membership

The Membership of the Monitoring Council is intended to represent a variety of water quality related interests. Monitoring Council members are selected by the Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA). The Monitoring Council has allowed each Member to designate an Alternate who can participate on those occasions when the Member is unable to participate in person.

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  • California Environmental Protection Agency (Chair)
    • Karen Mogus, Deputy Director
      Division of Water Quality, State Water Resources Control Board
    • Alternate: Greg Gearheart, Deputy Director
      Office of Information Management and Analysis
      State Water Resources Control Board
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  • California Natural Resources Agency
    • Vacant
    • Alternate: Vacant
  • California Drinking Water Program
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    • Vacant
    • Alternate: Betsy Lichti, Supervising Water Resources Control Engineer
      Division of Drinking Water, State Water Resources Control Board
  • Regulated Community - Publicly Owned Treatment Works
    • Shelly Walther, Environmental Scientist
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      Reuse & Compliance, Ocean Monitoring & Research
      Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County
    • Alternate: Jared Voskuhl, Legislative and Regulatory Analyst
      California Association of Sanitation Agencies
  • Regulated Community - Storm Water
      California Stormwater Quality Association
    • Grant Sharp, Manager
      Southern OC Watershed Management Area
      Orange County Public Works
    • Alternate: Vacant
  • Agriculture
      California Department of Food and Agriculture
    • Amrith Gunasekara, Science Advisor
      California Department of Food and Agriculture
    • Alternate: Bruce Houdesheldt, Manager
      Sacramento Valley Water Quality Coalition
  • Citizen Monitoring Groups
      The Watershed Project
    • Helen Fitanides
      The Watershed Project
    • Alternate: Vacant
  • Public
      Orange County Coastkeeper
    • Ray Hiemstra, Associate Director
      Orange County Coastkeeper
    • Alternate: Vacant
  • Scientific Community
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    • Steve Weisberg, Executive Director
      Southern California Coastal Water Research Project
    • Alternate: Ken Schiff, Deputy Director
      Southern California Coastal Water Research Project
  • Water Supply
      ACWA
    • Vacant
    • Alternate: Vacant
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Liaison (non-voting)
    • Terry Fleming
      Water Division
      Pacific Southwest, Region 9

Meetings

Meetings of the Monitoring Council are open to the public. Actions of the Monitoring Council are advisory to Cal/EPA and the Natural Resources Agency. Please visit our Meetings web page for details.


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