Under Section 208 of the Clean Water Act (CWA), PAG, as the region’s Designated Planning Agency (DPA), must update the 208 Plan. Federal Regulation 40 C.F.R 130.6 additionally describes that Plans shall be updated as needed to reflect changing water quality conditions and results of implementation actions or new requirements. Existing and new point sources of pollution must be consistent with the principles and future conditions described in this 208 Plan. The PAG 208 planning process provides a means for stakeholders to engage in regional environmental decision-making and helps create coordination among jurisdictions, while meeting water quality management goals and protecting priority water bodies.
The Draft 208 Plan, plus appendices, total about 150 pages. To simplify your review, please click here to view a summary of the components of the plan, the updated timeiline for draft approval (as of May 2019), and summary of the proposed changes to the last PAG 208 Plan adopted in 2006.
The Draft 208 Plan, including appendices, are listed below:
To keep with our review schedule, please provide your feedback on the comment forms http://www.pagregion.com/documents/water/DRAFT-PAG208Plan2019-CommentForm.docx no later than April 10th. At the March 1 EPAC meeting, PAG will provide a brief announcement on this.
The PAG 208 Plan represents regional stakeholders work in several areas. Therefore, interested parties may want to review the following in particular:
- The changes to the procedure for a facility to achieve 208 consistency. These were streamlined to be more efficient and effective at achieving regional coordination and water quality benefits;
- The completeness of the updates to the water quality conditions inventory;
- Corresponding accomplishments in managing water quality issues across the region;
- Alignment of the Action Plan’s goals with the goals of local programs in the region that may benefit from related water quality funding;
Please send feedback to Mead Mier, PAG Watershed Planning Lead, or call 520-792-1093 if you have any questions. We appreciate your time and input.
To read the PAG 208 Plan adopted in 2006 and to view the discussions at meetings during the update process, please visit the 208 page, here.