Water District NPDES Permitting

TRC provided assistance to the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) in obtaining and ensuring compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permits for the Folsom South Canal Connection Project, located in San Joaquin and Sacramento counties in California.



East Bay Municipal Utility District

Project Location

Sacramento and San Joaquin Counties, California

The project was part of a larger project which diverted water from the Sacramento River to the Folsom South Canal for water deliveries to EBMUD and to the Sacramento County Water Agency. The project’s NPDES permitting and associated compliance inspection requirements included construction for two pumping plants, two substations, an overhead distribution line, and approximately 18 miles of 72 inch-diameter steel pipeline, all of which crossed multiple waters of the United States and were located in areas of high groundwater.

TRC assisted in obtaining NPDES general permits and provided environmental inspection for discharges of groundwater and hydrostatic test water throughout construction. In addition, TRC developed protocols for testing effluent and receiving water samples to insure the project stayed within compliance levels. Testing protocols included the use of handheld meters to test receiving waters, and the coordination of effluent samples for laboratory analysis. TRC also created quarterly monitoring data reports for the California Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB). TRC was responsible for monitoring construction with a primary focus on erosion and sediment control and specialty resource protection (including California tiger salamander, oak trees, vernal pools, wetlands, and streams). Environmental trainings for supervisory and construction worker staff were also developed and implemented by TRC.

TRC’s support with the permitting process, inspection, environmental training services, and reporting enabled the client to successfully complete the project and maintain compliance with the project permits and requirements.

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