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State Water Board Moves Back Proposed Action on Waters of State the Rulemaking

February 21, 2019

The State Water Resources Control Board is proposing significant changes to California’s protected waters of the state rule, including changes to the definition of wetlands and its dredge and fill procedures. The Board originally proposed to take action on the new rules in early March, but recently indicated it will push back the rulemaking by a month. The Board will now hold a public workshop on March 5 and will consider taking official action on the proposed changes April 2. It is expected that the Board will release updated rule language and policy documents to stakeholders on February 22.

CSAC has been working closely with our county flood control engineers to develop feedback on the proposed regulations and is working to set up meetings with Board members to discuss the significant impact that the proposed changes could have on county public works departments. Click here for more information about the rulemaking and the upcoming meeting schedule.

In addition, there have been two appointment changes at the Water Board in the last several weeks. Governor Newsom appointed a new board chair to the Committee, Joaquin Esquivel who was promoted to the role after serving as a member of the board since 2017. Esquivel replaces former Chair Felicia Marcus who was not reappointed after her term expired on January 15. In addition, Governor Newsom also announced that Laurel Firestone, co-founder of the Community Water Center, was appointed to the Board as the replacement for Marcus.

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