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TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL
FROM: DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS
DATE: MARCH 4, 2003
SUBJECT: NPDES PROGRAM
Request staff to work with the County of Los Angeles, other cities within our watershed, and the Regional Water Quality Control Board to explore alternatives to a city program of NPDES compliance.
One of the continuing sources of debate among the County of Los Angeles, cities throughout the county, and the Regional Water Quality Control Board is the cost to comply with board regulations. A recent study conducted by board reported that there is a wide range of estimated compliance costs reported by cities. The board estimates compliance costs at $ 17.21 per household.
In a recent email to the Board, Jim Noyes, the Director of Public Works for the County of Los Angeles, indicated that he believes the board’s estimate for compliance cost is low. Because of this Mr. Noyes offered to pay the board a fee based on their estimate, in exchange for the transferring the responsibility of NPDES to the board. Mr. Noyes encourages cities to consider taking similar actions.
Utilizing the board’s per capita costs, and an estimate of 11,000 households translates to a cost of $189,301 for the City of Rancho Palos Verdes. While this amount is greater than our current cost for NPDES compliance, in time our annual cost will likely exceed this amount. Staff believes that given the uncertainty of new regulations, the possibility of shifting responsibility for compliance to the board in exchange for a fee is something that warrants further investigation.
Adopting the staff recommendation will authorize staff to explore the possibility of shifting compliance for NPDES from the city to the regional board in exchange for a fee.
Email from Director of Public Works County of Los Angeles to Regional Water Quality Control Board.
Noyes to Dennis Dickerson on NPDES Costs - Please see the following e-mail to Dennis Dickerson from Jim Noyes