SWRCB adopts FY 18-19 Water Quality Fees

By Dawn Koepke

Capitol Update, Oct. 1, 2018 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

At its meeting last Thursday, September 20ththe State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) approved adoption of emergency regulations that adjust waste discharge permit fees to conform to the revenue levels set forth in the Budget Act for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018-19. The proposed emergency regulations adjusted fees for some waste discharge permit holders for FY 2018-19 as follows: 

  • Waste Discharge Requirement (WDR)– Fee increase of about 9.5 percent to address a portion of the projected $5.2 million structural deficit while deferring the balance for consideration to FY 2019-20; surcharges will remain unchanged for FY 2018-19;
  • Water Quality Certification (WQC)– Fee increase of about 9.2 percent to address a portion of the projected $1.9 million structural deficit while deferring the balance to FY 2019-20; and
  • National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)– Fee increase of about 10 percent to address a portion of the projected $5.4 million structural deficit while deferring the balance to FY 2019-20; surcharges will remain unchanged for FY 2018-19.

The fee increases are largely a result of increased staff costs associated with collective bargaining. That said, permit fees under the storm water programs will not experience fee increases this year as they are projected to generate sufficient revenue to meet budgeted expenditures.

For more information, please see www.waterboards.ca.gov/092018_5_fy1819_fee_schedule_strikeout.pdf

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