Lake Elsinore and Canyon Lake Total Maximum Daily Load Task Force extended

The Lake Elsinore and Canyon Lake Total Maximum Daily Load Task Force has been extended.

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors, who are also the board members of the Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, voted 4-0 with John Tavaglione absent, Aug. 29, to extend the task force agreement through June 30, 2020, with an option to extend the term until June 30, 2022.

The Lake Elsinore and Canyon Lake TMDL Task Force was formed to facilitate a coordinated and cost-effective approach to meeting total maximum daily load discharge standards. A basin plan amendment which incorporates the TMDL standards was approved in December 2004 by the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board. The agreement provides a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System permit allowing discharge into the Santa Ana Watershed for the county of Riverside and the cities of Beaumont, Canyon Lake, Hemet, Lake Elsinore, Menifee, Moreno Valley, Murrieta, Perris, Riverside, San Jacinto and Wildomar and including those which incorporated after 2004 and were added to the permit.

The task force was formed in 2006 and pursues TMDL-related tasks including review and development of recommendations to update the TMDL basin plan, implementation of plan tasks assigned to task force stakeholders and participation by watershed stakeholders to meet appropriate standards. The task force was renewed in 2012, and the previous agreement expired June 30.

The agreement includes provisions for task force agencies to make cash or in-kind contributions toward administration, water quality monitoring, special projects and other expenses.

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