Grover Beach under fire for water violations

June 27, 2013

meadow creekBy KAREN VELIE

The Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board has levied a $35,000 fine against the city of Grover Beach for repeatedly failing to provide the state reports that would expose deficiencies in its storm water discharge program, according to a June 26 complaint.

In August 2010, regulators informed city staff that they were not in compliance with reporting requirements regarding its storm water sewer system which dumps into Meadow Creek. Five days later, city staff responded by email saying they would provide the state the required reports.

However, city staff did not comply which resulted in a notice of violation.

In December 2010, city staff informed regulators that they would submit the required reports by Dec. 10, 2010. And again, city staff failed to provide the state the required reports.

In March 2012, regulators filed another notice of violation against the city for its failure to provide reports for 2011. In Oct. 2012, regulator filed a third notice of violation against the city, this time for not submitting reports for 2012.

California Water Code section 13385 sets maximum penalties for waste water discharge violators. According to the water board’s complaint, the city faces a maximum fine for its repeated failures of $20,270,000.

Regulators, however, are permitted to lower the fine to no less than the economic benefit the entity derived from the violation.

Repeated failures to report waste water charge information may be done in order to mask violations and delay enforcement actions, the complaint says.

On March 14, water board staff conducted a limited inspection of the city’s discharge program and found that Grover Beach “is in violation or deficient in implementation of almost every general permit requirement.”

“It is therefore reasonable to conclude that the discharger’s failure to submit annual reports for the first three years of regulation by the general permit represents more than just reporting violations,” the complaint says.

The Grover Beach City Council can elect to either pay the $35,000 fine or request a hearing which would be set for Sept. 12. Nevertheless, city staff is still obligated to produce the three years of reports.

In addition, the city could face further fines of up to $30,000 per day for each day following the complaint that the city fails to turn in the reports, the complaint says. The city is also liable for any fines related to violations the water board discovers in the reports.

 


33 Comments

  1. blondehare says:

    city council/city manager’s lack of competence in disclosing anything. I have tried to contact City Attorney , his office is MoonPark. CA.”The Law Office of Martin D. Koczanowicz focuses its services in the areas of real estate, environmental law,” Why no response.Real Estate must sell and most do not disclose what needs to be exposed like this mess.Chief Copsey is best friends with all agents.Everything is pitiful in Grover City.
    I have tried to contact city counsel to no avail.
    Debbie Peterson, Mayor
    Two-year term expires December 2014
    Karen Bright, Mayor Pro Tem
    Four-year term expires December 2016
    Jeff Lee, Council Member
    Four-year term expires December 2016
    Glenn Marshall, Council Member
    Four-year term expires December 2014
    William “Bill” Nicolls, Council Member
    Four year term expires December 2014
    NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that if no one or only one person is nominated for an elective office, appointment to the elective office may be made as prescribed by Section 10229 of the Elections Code of the State of California.

    Candidates for the Office of Mayor and Council Member
    (listed in alphabetical order by last name)

    For the Office of Mayor
    Phyllis A. Molnar
    Debbie Peterson
    For the Office of Council Member
    Karen Bright
    Jeff Lee
    Louis A. Robles
    Anita Shower
    Liz Doukas White
    Does anyone know these people. Same old people who will get paid for doing nothing again..All supported by..Vote Yes on Measure I-12 to take control of your lo
    local tax dollars and protect your best interests.
    Signed
    /s/ Mayor Pro Tem Bill Nicolls
    /s/ Council Member Karen Bright
    /s/ Council Member Debbie Peterson
    Any attempt to contact any of these people have been zero reply. f approved by Grover Beach’s voters, the Charter will take effect when filed with the
    Secretary of State and only voters of Grover Beach
    can amend or repeal it.
    The proposed
    charter and more information are available at
    http://www.grover.org
    .
    /s/ Martin D. Koczanowicz Dated: Jul
    y 24, 2012
    Grover Beach City Attorney
    Again back to Attorney who does not live here/nor does he reply. Why?
    They have a lot to hide.. MaryMalone if you can get a hold of any of them to reply to these offenses.. you might get some where.

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