Agenda Item

AGENDA STAFF REPORT

 

ASR Control 17-000192

 

MEETING DATE:

05/09/17

legal entity taking action:

Board of Supervisors

board of supervisors district(s):

All Districts

SUBMITTING Agency/Department:

OC Public Works (Approved)

Department contact person(s):

Shane L. Silsby (714) 667-9700

 

 

Amanda Carr (714) 955-0601

 

 

Subject: Approve Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Member Agreement

 

ceo CONCUR

County Counsel Review

Clerk of the Board

Concur

Approved Agreement to Form

Consent Calendar

 

 

3 Votes Board Majority

 

 

 

Budgeted: N/A

Current Year Cost: N/A

Annual Cost: FY 2017-18 $125,000
FY 2018-19 $125,000
FY 2019-20 $125,000
FY 2020-21 $125,000

 

 

 

Staffing Impact:

No

# of Positions:

Sole Source: No

Current Fiscal Year Revenue: See Financial Impact Section

Funding Source: See Financial Impact Section

County Audit in last 3 years: No

 

 

Prior Board Action: 06/25/2013 #15, 05/19/2009 #12, 08/23/2005 #26

 

 

RECOMMENDED ACTION(S):

 

 

1.

Approve Associate Commission Member Agreement with the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Authority for $125,000 per year for the period of July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2021, for a cumulative total of $500,000 for four years.

 

2.

Authorize the Director of OC Public Works or designee to execute contracts with the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Authority for water quality research and special studies up to a cumulative amount of $100,000 per fiscal year.

 

3.

Appoint the OC Public Works' Deputy Director of OC Environmental Resources as the Associate Commission Member Representative to the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Authority Commission.

 

 


SUMMARY:

 

Approval of the membership agreement with the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Authority will support the County's continued associate membership and participation in regional research project decisions for addressing water quality issues.

 

 

 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

 

The Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Authority (SCCWRP) is a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) that was established in 1969. SCCWRP's mission is to contribute to the scientific understanding of linkages among human activities, natural events and the health of the Southern California coastal environment through research. Originally structured as a collaboration between major sanitation districts and federal and state regulatory agencies, SCCWRP was initially governed by a commission of nine member agencies (City of Los Angeles, Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, City of San Diego, Orange County Sanitation District, California Regional Water Quality Control Boards for the Los Angeles, San Diego, and Santa Ana regions, State Water Resources Control Board and United States Environmental Protection Agency-Region IX).

 

SCCWRP later broadened its research agenda to include stormwater impacts to the coastal environment and created an associate membership for four urban stormwater agencies and also added the California Ocean Protection Council. The County, on behalf of the cities of Orange County and the OC Flood Control District (collectively the Orange County Stormwater Program), approved its first associate membership agreement on August 23, 2005, its second on May 19, 2009, and its third on June 25, 2013. The other stormwater agencies, the Ventura County Watershed Protection District, the Los Angeles County Flood Control District and the County of San Diego have approved agreements, or are in the process of doing so, to continue as associate members. Approval of Agreement MA-080-17011413 (Agreement) would continue associate membership for the County on behalf of the Orange County Stormwater Program for the period of July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2021, at $125,000 per year, for a cumulative four-year total of $500,000. Associate membership differs from full membership in having fewer responsibilities than the signatories have to the JPA and a lower membership fee.

 

Associate membership in SCCWRP enables the County and the Orange County Stormwater Program to influence both the selection and funding of research projects and the communication of research findings to regulators, decision makers and stakeholders. All of SCCWRPs active research areas are of vital interest to the County since they are applicable to the current and future stormwater regulatory framework, and assist in the development of environmental management and compliance strategies for the Orange County Stormwater Program. Active topics of research include: rapid-result beach water quality testing and health risk analysis; assessment of environmental management efforts; sources and fate of stormwater pollutants; wetlands management; nutrient related impacts to estuaries; marine and watershed debris and performance of stormwater quality controls.

 

Associate membership also affords County staff access to internationally-recognized scientific researchers and the opportunity to participate in training opportunities, partnerships and alliances with other regulated entities and regulatory agencies to resolve complex water quality protection challenges. Membership also includes a provision allowing the County to contract for SCCWRPs unique expertise in performing water quality research and special studies up to an amount of $100,000 per fiscal year, for a cumulative amount of $400,000 for the length of the four-year Agreement.

 

Compliance with CEQA: This action is not a project within the meaning of CEQA Guidelines Section 15378 and is therefore not subject to CEQA, since it does not have the potential for resulting in either a direct physical change in the environment, or a reasonably foreseeable indirect physical change in the environment. The approval of this agenda item does not commit the County to a definite course of action in regard to a project since this is an agreement for water quality planning cooperation. This proposed activity is therefore not subject to CEQA. Any individual, specific work authorized pursuant to future contracts will be reviewed for compliance with CEQA.

 

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPACT:

 

Appropriations and revenue for this Agreement are included in the FY 2017-18 Recommended Budget for Budget Control 034, OC Watersheds and will be included in the budgeting process for future years.

 

Funding will come from the Orange County Stormwater Program which is shared among 36 Permittees. OC Flood Control District will provide 10% and the remainder divided proportionately among the cities and the County of Orange based on land area and population.

 

In turn, the County of Orange share is funded out of OC Road, OC Parks and OC Watersheds funds. The following are the funding sources and their percentages:

 

Cities: 75.9%; Flood Fund 400: 10.0%; OC Watersheds Fund 034: 4.7%; Road Fund 115: 4.7%; OC Parks Fund 405: 4.7%.

 

 

 

STAFFING IMPACT:

 

N/A

 

 

ATTACHMENT(S):

 

Attachment A - Agreement MA-080-17011413