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.
October 18, 2019 9:30am WPS/EPAC Joint Meeting – The updated draft will be provided in advance of the meeting. Key changes resulting from feedback by committee members will be reviewed. EPAC/WPS will consider voting to forward the draft 208 Plan update. This action will mark acceptance of the draft document and announce the start date of the public comment period anticipated to close with the Public Hearing at the PAG Regional Council meeting on December 5.
The most recent Draft 208 Plan, including appendices, are listed below:
The PAG 208 Plan represents regional stakeholder's work in several areas. Designated Management Agencies (DMAs) – the Town of Marana, Pima County and the Town of Sahuarita – responsible for assuring treatment of wastes, have been involved at each stage of development since 2017.
The first draft of the plan was released in February 2019 to WPS, EPAC and interested parties. Read the summary of feedback and cross-reference between Feb. and Oct. draft chapters. The reviewers could comment on any page and were also asked to provide feedback on the following:
- 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.