Dear Ms. Townsend:

The Central Valley Clean Water Association (CVCWA) appreciates the opportunity to submit comments on the proposed approval by the State Water Resources Control Board (State Board) of the amendments to the Water Quality Control Plan for the Sacramento River and San Joaquin River Basins and the Water Quality Control Plan for the Tulare Lake Basin (Basin Plans) to add policies for Variances from Surface Water Quality Standards for Point Source Dischargers
(Variance Policy), a Variance Program for Salinity (Salinity Variance Program), and an Exception from Implementation of Water Quality Objectives for Salinity (Salinity Exception Program). CVCWA is a non-­‐profit association of public agencies located within the Central Valley region that provide wastewater collection, treatment, and water recycling services to millions of Central Valley residents and businesses. We approach these matters with the perspective of balancing environmental and economic interests consistent with state and federal law.