Inter-Departmental Correspondence

Department of Public Works



May 4, 2011


May 24, 2011







Honorable Board of Supervisors


James C. Porter, Director of Public Works


Grant Funding for the James V. Fitzgerald Area of Special Biological Significance Pollution Reduction Program



Adopt a Resolution authorizing the President of the Board of Supervisors to execute a Grant Agreement with the State Water Resources Control Board for the James V. Fitzgerald Area of Special Biological Significance Pollution Reduction Program in the amount of $2,300,000.



In the 1970s, a 5.5-mile band shoreline in San Mateo County, including the James V. Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, was designated as an Area of Special Biological Significance (ASBS), requiring special protection from the State. Since 1983, the California Ocean Plan (Ocean Plan) has prohibited the discharge of pollutants to the ASBS, unless the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) grants an Exception. The Department submitted an Exception application to the State in December 2007. The California Environmental Quality Act compliance review process for a statewide general Exception is currently underway.


The Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Exception with proposed Special Protections was released for public comment in January 2011. The proposed Special Protections include provisions for existing storm water runoff discharges that are essential for flood control and/or slope stability. However, the discharge of non-authorized non-storm water and trash are prohibited. The proposed Special Protections will also require the implementation of Best Management Practices (BMPs) and an extensive monitoring program to achieve the Ocean Plan water quality objectives.



The Department, in collaboration with Planning, Environmental Health, and other partners (Partners), developed the James V. Fitzgerald ASBS Pollution Reduction Program (Pollution Reduction Program) and submitted a proposal in September 2008 for Proposition 84 grant funding to assist the County with compliance with the discharge prohibition and anticipated Special Protections. The Pollution Reduction Program has been approved by the State Water Board and the grant funding amount is $2,300,000. In order for the Pollution Reduction Program to receive the funding, a Resolution authorizing a representative to enter into a financial assistance agreement is required to be adopted by the governing body of an agency.


The proposed Pollution Reduction Program consists of a storm drain inventory and assessment study, a pathogen source tracking study, implementation of targeted BMPs, and an education and outreach program to reduce land based sources of specific pollutants and eliminate dry weather discharges. The Department and the Partners will be responsible for performing the various elements of the Pollution Reduction Program.


County Counsel has reviewed and approved the Resolution and Agreement as to form.


Approval of this action contributes to the Shared Vision 2025 outcome of an Environmentally Conscious Community by implementing the Pollution Reduction Program to promote environmental stewardship and protect beneficial uses and biological resources of the James V. Fitzgerald ASBS through community education and outreach and collaborative pollutant management and monitoring.



The estimated cost of the Pollution Reduction Program is $2,635,000 and includes the in-kind staff time from the San Mateo County Resources Conservation District valued at $25,000. The Pollution Reduction Program is proposed to be financed as follows:


Proposition 84 Clean Beaches Program Grant



City/County Association of Governments Vehicle Registration Fee (AB1546) Program Funding to County Parks



Road Fund



San Mateo County Resources Conservation District (value of in-kind staff time contribution)



Total Estimated Cost



There is no impact to the General Fund.