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Stiff Fines Looming for Storm Water Discharge Violators

Classes scheduled to address compliance with new permits

SACRAMENTO -The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) is reminding licensees that beginning July 1, 2010, general engineering and other contractors working on one acre of land or more will have to file new permits approved by the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB). The new permits regulate the amount of allowable storm water discharge from construction sites to ensure sediment doesn't negatively impact the quality of rivers and streams.

If runoff exceeds acceptable limits, violators could be fined up to $37,000 per day. Among the new requirements are: controlling runoff, preventing fuel and oil leaks, containing fertilizers and top soil, and making inspections and repairs during storms.

SWRCB staff is offering the following free classes:

March 3, 2010 - Region 7, Colorado River Basin (10am - 2pm)
La Quinta City Council Chambers, 78-495 Calle Tampico, La Quinta
 
March 10, 2010 - Region 1, North Coast (10am -2pm)
Region 1 Board Room, 5550 Skylane Blvd. Ste. A, Santa Rosa
 
March 16, 2010 - Region 3, Central Coast (10am -2pm)
Region 3 Board Room, 895 Aerovista Place, San Luis Obispo
 
March 30, 2010 - Region 5S, Central Valley (9am - 12pm)
Folsom Community Center, 52 Natoma Street, Folsom
 
April 6, 2010 - Region 5F, Fresno (10am - 2pm)
Region 5F Board Room, 1685 E St., Fresno
 
April 8, 2010 - Region 9, San Diego (10am - 2pm)
Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium, Dove Library, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad,
 
April 15, 2010 - Region 8, Santa Ana Region (10am - 2pm)
City of Cypress Community Center - 5700 Orange Ave, Cypress
 
April 22, 2010 - Region 5R, Redding (10am - 2pm)
City of Redding Community Room, 777 Cyprus Avenue
 
April 27, 2010 - Region 2, San Francisco Bay (10am - 2pm)
Region 2 Auditorium - 1515 Clay Street, Oakland
 
April 29, 2010 - Region 4, Los Angeles (10am - 2pm)
Region 4 Carmel Room, 320 W. 4th Street, Los Angeles
 
May 4, 2010 - Region 9, San Diego (9am-12:30 pm)
Region 9 Office, 9174 Sky Park Court, Suite 100, San Diego
 

Online registration is available at http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/academy. Click on the schedule button on the left side of the computer screen to locate class dates, times and locations. Many of the classes are full, but you can sign up on a waiting list.

A private firm and the Napa County Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program are conducting a class on April 5, 2010, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Napa Public Library. That class has a $125 registration fee.

More information on the new permit is available on the SWRBC Web site http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/stormwater/docs/constpermits/wqo_2009_0009_complete.pdf.

 

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