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Dear Ms. Townsend:
The Central Valley Clean Water Association (CVCWA) appreciates the opportunity to provide these comments in response to the State Water Resources Control Board’s (State Water Board) Notice of Public Scoping Meeting for a Statewide Water Quality Standards Variance Policy. CVCWA represents over 50 publicly-owned treatment works (POTWs) that provide wastewater collection, treatment, and disposal for over 7 million people in the Central Valley. CWCWA’s mission is to represent the interests of wastewater agencies in the Central Valley in regulatory matters that balance the need for environmental protection based on sound scientific information with a fair and reasonable economic basis. CVCWA was instrumental in the development of the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board’s (Central Valley Water Board) variance policy, and has a significant interest in the development of a statewide variance policy.