Water fee increases on the horizon

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, July 9, 2014 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

In late June, the staff of the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) held a public meeting and conference call to discuss updates and adjustments to the Water Quality Fee Regulations for 2014-15. The adjustments are geared towards addressing an ongoing structural imbalance and a loss of revenue coming from the state's General Fund over the last few years.

Specifically almost all of the Waste Discharge Permit Fund (WDPF) programs will experience a fee increase except the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and the Irrigated Lands Program (ILRP). Other adjustments include a 9.2 percent increase to all Waste Discharge Requirement (WDR) fee categories; a 10.1 percent land disposal fee increase; a 13.0 percent land disposal with tipping fee increase; a 10.5 percent storm water permit fee increase; and an 18.2 percent 401 Certification fee increase.

In spite of cost concerns from business representatives, staff anticipates going before the Board for approval of these fee changes on September 23rd .

For more information, see: http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/resources/fees/docs/fy1415_wdpf_stakeholder_mtg_handout.pdf

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