Gino DiCaro

Regional water boards

By Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications

Capitol Update, May 15, 2008 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Over the last few years interest in restructuring the regional water quality control boards has increased.  There has been a proliferation of problems associated with these boards.  

One of the problems, according to the Governor’s appointment staff, is finding qualified members.  Many boards have vacancies.  Another issue is that board members are not full time and, therefore, rarely are as knowledgeable as their staff.  There is also the dramatically varied actions implemented from one region to another on specific issues where common standards would make more sense.  

The Little Hoover Commission is currently studying the system and will make recommendations in the near future.  For the past two years, Senate President Pro Tempore Don Perata (D-Oakland) has authored bills to reduce the number of members on the boards and change the qualifications for appointment.  Unfortunately, his proposals would further reduce the number of members that have experience and knowledge of running a business.

CMTA, and others, are looking at the structure and process of the regional boards and their usefulness in achieving their goals.  CMTA will host a meeting on this subject on Thursday, May 22 in Sacramento.  If you are interested in participating or have comments to share, please contact Mike Rogge

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