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Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems Local Agency Management Program Public Review and Comment Period


Introduction

California law (Health & Safety Code, §§ 116275; 116500) provides that a county health officer or a comprehensive environmental agency is responsible for permitting the installation of and regulating OWTS within its jurisdictional boundaries. In Alameda County, the Health Officer has designated the Director of Environmental Health as a Deputy Health Officer for the purpose of enforcing State and local environmental health law. Moreover, all cities within the County have designated the County's Health Officer as their jurisdictions' health officer.

The County currently administers a local wastewater management program for Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (OWTS) under the authority of Chapter 15.18 of the Alameda County General Ordinance Code. On June 19, 2012, the California State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board or SWRCB) adopted the Water Quality Control Policy for Siting, Design, Operation, and Maintenance of Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (State OWTS Policy).

The OWTS Policy became effective in May 2013 and requires local agencies to implement the statewide minimum standards of the OWTS Policy which provides provisions for low risk Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems, or develop a local program by adopting a Local Agency Management Program (LAMP). The LAMP may allow alternatives to the OWTS Policy; however the LAMP must demonstrate that the standards achieve the same purpose as the OWTS Policy which is to protect water quality and public health. The LAMP must be submitted to the San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board no later than May 13, 2016, and must be implemented prior to May 13, 2018.


Comments

Alameda County's draft LAMP consists of three documents: (1) an amended Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems Ordinance; (2) Local Agency Management Program (programmatic document); and (3) Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems Technical Manual. These documents will be made available for public review and comment as draft "interim" documents and draft "final" documents.

Alameda County Department of Environmental Health will hold public meetings from March until August 2016 to present the draft interim and final draft LAMP documents and receive comments.

All written comments received on the draft LAMP documents will be considered. The most effective comments are those that follow these guidelines:

  • Comments should be concise and focus directly on the draft LAMP documents.
  • Comments should identify the specific section(s) at issue of the draft LAMP documents and should include supporting evidence and facts.
  • The commenter should provide complete references and/or citations, particularly when referring to websites (that is, provide a specific URL address rather than simply citing "ACDEH website" for example).

Formal comments can be submitted in the following formats:

  • At a public meeting via Comment Card
  • Email to: Dilan Roe or Teena Le
  • Mail to:
    Alameda County Department of Environmental Health
    Attn: Dilan Roe, Program Manager
    1131 Harbor Bay Pkwy
    Alameda, CA 94502

Statements made to ACDEH staff are not considered formal comments.

ACDEH will consider all formal comments received and will respond in a Response to Comments document which will be posted online. The draft LAMP documents will be finalized after the formal public review and comment period ends.


Interim Draft LAMP Documents

Interim draft documents will be available on ACDEH's Land Use website beginning on March 16, 2016 in accordance with the attached Public Review Period schedule.

ACDEH will hold public meetings throughout March and April 2016 to present the interim draft LAMP documents and receive comments.

Comments on the draft interim LAMP documents must be submitted to ACDEH by May 1st, 2016. All formal comments received by ACDEH will be reviewed and responded to in a Response to Comments document which will be posted online.

ACDEH will present the interim draft LAMP documents and Response to Comments document to the Board of Supervisors for consideration of submittal to the Regional Water Quality Control Board on April 26, 2016. Following Board approval, ACDEH will submit the interim draft documents and the Response to Comments document to the Regional Water Board for review by May 13th, 2016.


Final Draft LAMP Documents

ACDEH will meet with the Regional Water Board to discuss the interim draft LAMP documents and comments received during the public review period.

ACDEH will hold a second round of public meetings in the summer of 2016 to discuss the Regional Water Board's initial comments on the interim draft LAMP documents, the Response to Comments document, and proposed revisions to the LAMP documents based on the Regional Water Board's comments.

Following the public review and comment period, ACDEH will submit the final draft LAMP documents and a revised Response to Comments document to the Regional Water Board by September 14th, 2016.


Interim Draft LAMP Documents Meeting Schedule

March 14, 2016
Martinelli Event Center
3585 Greenville Rd
Livermore, CA 94550
6:00pm to 8:00pm

March 17, 2016
Septic Commission Meeting
Chabot/Canyon Room
Castro Valley Library
3600 Norbridge Ave
Castro Valley CA
6:00pm to 8:00pm

March 21, 2016
Castro Valley Municipal Advisory Council Meeting
Castro Valley Library
3600 Norbridge Ave
Castro Valley CA
6:00pm to 8:00pm

March 23, 2016
Alameda County Department of Environmental Health
Room 106
1131 Harbor Bay Pkwy
Alameda, CA
6:00pm to 8:00pm

April 4, 2016
BOS Transportation & Planning Meeting
5th Floor Chambers
1221 Oak St
Oakland, CA
9:30am to 11:00am

April 7, 2016
Septic Commission Meeting
Chabot/Canyon Room
Castro Valley Library
3600 Norbridge Ave
Castro Valley, CA
6:00pm to 8:00pm

April 12, 2016
Sunol Septic Work Group Meeting
Sunol Glen School Cafeteria
11601 Main St
Sunol, CA
6:00pm to 8:00pm

April 14, 2016
Fairview Stakeholders Meeting
The HARD Office Board Room
1099 E St
Hayward, CA
6:30pm to 8:30pm

April 18, 2016
Castro Valley Municipal Advisory Council Meeting
Castro Valley Library
3600 Norbridge Ave
Castro Valley, CA
6:00pm to 8:00pm

April 26, 2016
BOS Regular Meeting
5th Floor Chambers
1221 Oak St
Oakland, CA
9:30am to 12:00pm

April 27, 2016
Hillcrest Improvement Association Meeting
Skyline Community Church
12540 Skyline Blvd
Oakland, CA
7:00pm to 8:30pm


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