EPA TMDL for Malibu Creek Watershed

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October 1, 2013

Here is an updated PowerPoint regarding the U.S. EPA’s Malibu Creek TMDLs, which was presented to the Ventura County Special Districts Association.

Malibu Creek TMDL Workshop - 10-01-13 (PDF 4.5 MB)

 


September 16, 2013

JPA Files to Reverse TMDLs

The Las Virgenes – Triunfo Joint Powers Authority (JPA) has filed a federal court action seeking to nullify the TMDLs for Malibu Creek and Lagoon announced by the USEPA in July.

Click here to read the News Release


August 6, 2013

The District provided comments to Heal the Bay's "Ecosystem on the Brink" report, which was the basis for the EPA TMDL.

Click here to read the comments (PDF).


July 8, 2013

U.S. EPA Adopts Malibu Creek Regulations

On July 2nd, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency established new water quality standards for Malibu Creek and Lagoon, which when implemented, will have a severe effect on wastewater treatment costs for customers of the Las Virgenes – Triunfo Joint Powers Authority (JPA), comprised of Las Virgenes Municipal Water District and Triunfo Sanitation District.

Intended to reduce or eliminate the presence of algae in the watershed, the document contains stringent regulations for nitrogen and phosphorous that cannot be met using the existing wastewater treatment processes.

Click here to read the JPA’s news release.


JPA Opposes EPA Proposal for Malibu Creek; Filing Cites Faulty Scientific Foundations


May 20, 2013 

EPA Postpones Announcing Malibu Creek & Lagoon TMDLs

In a statement released Friday May 17, the U.S. EPA said it will extend the implementation of new water quality standards (TMDLs) for Malibu Creek and Lagoon to July 2, “to allow further discussion of the proposed terms of these TMDLs with stakeholders and to address public comments on the proposed TMDLs.” The EPA’s new TMDLs had been scheduled to be established on May 23.

David W. Pedersen, Administering Agent and General Manager for the Las Virgenes – Triunfo Joint Powers Authority (JPA) said, “We appreciate the EPA’s decision to take additional time in considering this important matter, which will have enduring impacts in our service area. The JPA supports actions for the watershed based on sound science that will produce benefits in proportion to their costs.” Mr. Pedersen said he believes the EPA is being responsive to the concerns of the community and allowing more time to consider all the information submitted is an appropriate approach toward building consensus for actions that will benefit the watershed.

Click here to read the JPA’s news release.

For more information on the EPA’s announcement: http://www.epa.gov/region9/water/tmdl/progress.html


May 6, 2013

Thank you for attending the May 1 EPA Workshop at Agoura Hills City Hall.

Your interest and presence sent a powerful message that our community shares an interest in the region’s environmental responsibilities, but at the same time, recognize that the benefits of any proposed standards must be real and in proportion to their costs.

A number of you have asked us, “What else can I do?”

Here is a sample letter (PDF format or Word format) you can use to express your concerns to the EPA. Feel free to modify the letter to express your personal views.

You can also send a copy of this letter to your elected state and federal representative (click here for addresses). 

Sincerely,

David W. Pedersen, P.E.
Administering Agent / General Manager
Las Virgenes - Triunfo JPA




May 1, 2013

In response to requests received, below please find the presentation materials from the U. S. EPA Malibu Creek Workshop.




April 22, 2013

U. S. EPA Malibu Creek Workshop on May 1, 6:30 PM
Agoura Hills City Hall

Plan to attend this important presentation on proposed Malibu Creek water quality standards.

If implemented as proposed, new water quality standards intended to control algae in Malibu Creek will have a significant impact on the watershed’s cities, counties and the Las Virgenes – Triunfo Joint Powers Authority that provide you with important public services.

EPA Workshop News Release - PDF 173 KB
Malibu TMDL Public Workshop Notice - May 1, 2013 - PDF 12 KB

 

The Las Virgenes – Triunfo Joint Powers Authority (JPA), comprised of Las Virgenes Municipal Water District (LVMWD) and Triunfo Sanitation District (TSD) is voicing strong opposition to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposal of new water quality standards for Malibu Creek. The JPA has filed a 75-page document with the EPA citing serious flaws in methodology, concerns about potential high costs to meet standards which are unwarranted, given the natural background conditions found in the watershed, and the time frame for public review was very brief. The documents and additional information on this issue, including comment letters, is also posted at www.TriunfoSanitation.com.

Overview of Environmental Stewardship in the Malibu Creek Watershed (HTML) or as a PDF.

In the interest of sharing this information with the public, below please find documents, including EPA’s proposal, the JPA’s comments and supporting materials below.

The JPA will update this page with additional information as it becomes available.

See the JPA's comprehensive study based on four decades of research:

EPA Workshop - May 1 Presentations

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