WQCC September 9-10, 2019 Agenda

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Please note the commission will be offsite at the annual planning work session and will be unable to stream. A recording will be available upon request to cdphe.wqcc@state.co.us.






Bud Werner Memorial Library

1289 Lincoln Avenue, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487


Sunday, September 8, 2019:

2:00 p.m.      1.       Tour of water quality activities and challenges in Yampa River, Segment 2b.

Monday, September 9, 2019:

9:00 a.m.      1.       Commission member and staff introductions.

9:30 a.m.      2.       Election of Officers.

A.       Chair

B.       Vice-Chair                       

                         C.       Secretary

9:45 a.m.      3.       Welcoming comments and advice for new commissioners.

10:00 a.m.    4.       Water Quality Control Division Management Priorities, Successes, and Issues for the Next Three Years. 

10:30 a.m.    5.       Break.

10:45 a.m.    6.       Continuation of Water Quality Control Division Management

Priorities, Successes, and Issues for the Next Three Years. 

11:30 a.m.    7.       Review and Discuss 10-Year Water Quality Roadmap.

12:00 p.m.    8.       Lunch.

12:30 p.m.    9.       Discuss New EPA Guidance Documents and Regulations

  1. Clean Water Act Section 401 Guidance
  2. Waters of the United States
  3. June 3, 2019 Memo Regarding EPA Review of Clean Water Act Program Submittals
  4. EPA Interpretive Statement on Hydrologic Connection of Groundwater

1:45 p.m.      10.     Policy Debrief.

  1. Updated Index of Previous Discussions of Policy Issues.
  2. Current Condition Temporary Modifications
  3. Aquatic life and ephemeral streams

Tuesday, September 10, 2019:

8:30 a.m.      13.     Meet and Greet with Local Officials

9:45 a.m.      14.     Hearing Process Review

  1. Environmental justice considerations.
  2. Debrief on June hearing – what went well and what implications are there for future basin hearings?
  3. Feedback on version control/process for major hearings, including timing and scope of index of outstanding issues.
  4. Disclosures and recusals – when, why, how.
  5. Reminder no discussion amongst commissioners outside of the hearing.

                     15.     Review Long-Range Schedule

  1. Hearing Chairs: discussion of obligations and assign as needed
    1. June 2020 South Platte basin hearing
    2. December 2020 Temp Mods hearing
  2. Discuss Out of Town Meetings, Including Next Years Annual Planning Work Session
    1. June 2020: Denver? (South Platte Basin)
    2. September 2020 Planning Work Session
    3. November 2020 IFH for Basic Standards
  3. Identify Modified Meeting Dates
  4. Identify Hearings for Survey Feedback

      16.     Identification of Potential Work Sessions or Informational Briefing Topics for Coming Year

(Select topics)

  1. Town Hall #6
  2. Legislation Expanding Department of Agriculture Chemicals Program Authority to Surface Water (SB19-186)
  3. Aquatic life in ephemeral streams
  4. New Ammonia Criteria (October 2019)
  5. Urban Drainage and Flood Control District (November 2019)
  6. Periodic Updates re Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)
  7. What else?

                      17.     Identification of Potential Tour Opportunities

    A.  Management of PFAS at Denver International Airport

                      18.     Consulting the Commission’s Attorney

                      19.     Annual Training Required by HB18-1198

                      20.     WQCC Liaisons

  1. State Engineer's Office 
  2. Mined Land Reclamation Board/Division of Reclamation Mining and Safety
  3. Oil and Gas Conservation Commission
  4. Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division 
  5. Division of Oil and Public Safety 
  6. Water Quality Forum
  7. Nonpoint Source Alliance 
  8. Water Resources and Power Development Authority 
  9. Healthy Rivers Fund 
  10. Colorado Agricultural Chemical and Groundwater Protection 

                       21.     Water Quality Forum work groups for 2019-2020 

  1. 10-Year Water Quality Roadmap
  2. MS4 Issues Forum
  3. Permit Issues Forum
  4. Development of WQCC Policy to Implement the Narrative Standards Into Permits for Perfluorinated Compounds
  5. Expanding Use of Reclaimed Water for Fracking

                       22.     Plus-Delta Feedback

12:00 p.m.       23.     Adjourn.