While the Working Group is not subject
to the Ralph M. Brown Act, public participation is nonetheless
an integral component of the NSMP. To ensure that all interested
parties have the opportunity to receive information and provide
input into the program at key junctures, the NSMP Working Group has developed the
following public participation strategies:
Public Representation in the Working Group
The NSMP Working Group has created "participating member"
positions for the environmental community. A "participating
member" is involved in all discussions and decisions of
the NSMP Working Group, with the exception of program funding.
A "participating member" is not required to financially
contribute to the NSMP Working Group or to the implementation
of the Work
Plan or the BMP Strategic Plan.
The Executive Officer, or designee, of the Santa Ana Regional
Water Quality Control Board (Regional Board) is also a "participating member"
of the NSMP Working Group.
Public Participation at Working Group Meetings
NSMP Working Group meetings are open to the public. The meetings
are divided into two sections, a work session and a public forum.
During the work session, discussions will be limited to NSMP
Working Group members and "participating members"
only. During the public forum, any member of the public may
provide comments and feedback to the NSMP Working Group and
the "participating members."
Public Briefings - Newport Bay Watershed Executive Committee
Periodic public briefings on
the progress and work products of the NSMP Working Group will
be provided during meetings of the Newport Bay Watershed Executive
Committee. These meetings are open to the public and will provide
an additional opportunity for public comments and feedback to
the NSMP Working Group.
Public Briefings - Regional Board
The NSMP Working Group will provide public briefings, as appropriate,
at regular meetings of the Regional Board to report on the progress being made in the Work
Plan and the BMP Strategic Plan. These meetings are open to the public and will provide additional opportunities for public comments and feedback to
the NSMP Working Group. Public notices and documents related to these briefings can be accessed through the Regional Board website.
2014 Public Workshops on Selenium Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs)
The NSMP Working Group, including its participating members, will host a series of public workshops with other regulatory and resource agencies to provide an opportunity for focused discussions on remaining regulatory and technical issues. These workshops, which are open to the public, provide another opportunity for public participation. The date, location, and agenda for each workshop (Workshop 1, Workshop 2, Workshop 3) are posted in the Notice, which can also be accessed through the Regional Board website.
Public Access to Work Products and Relevant Information
The NSMP Working Group has created this program website devoted
to the NSMP. All final work products and relevant project information
will be posted on the website. Additional information, such
as NSMP Working Group meetings/dates/times, public briefings,
etc. will also be posted. Please visit Newport Bay Selenium TMDL webpage on the Regional Board website for more information.