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Monterey County Declares Hepatitis A Outbreak Among Homeless Population
Since early 2017, the San Diego and Santa Cruz County Health Departments have been investigating local hepatitis A outbreaks among individuals who are homeless or use illicit drugs. Unfortunately, disease levels in Monterey County have now reached outbreak levels. Since October 2017, hepatitis A has been diagnosed in 9 individuals with a history of homeless in Monterey County. These individuals did not travel outside of Monterey County so are assumed to have become ill due to transmission within the homeless and illegal drug use communities in Monterey County.
2/5/2018 4:46:00 PM
Monterey County Animal Control Program Advisory Board Meeting
Monterey County Animal Control Program Advisory Board will meet Thursday, March 22nd at 3:30 pm at the Monterey County Animal Services Center, 160 Hitchcock Road in Salinas
3/19/2018 11:49:00 AM
Bayer Issues Recall of Alka-Seltzer Plus® Products
Bayer is voluntarily recalling Alka-Seltzer Plus® packages that, were sold only in the U.S. at Walmart, CVS, Walgreens and Kroger (including Dillons Food Stores, Fred Meyer, Fry’s Food Stores, Ralphs, King Soopers and Smith’s Food and Drug) after February 9, 2018. The packages can be identified by checking the Bayer logo located on the lower left corner of the front of the carton. If the logo has an orange or green background, the product is included in the recall The affected packages are being recalled because the ingredients on the front sticker may not match the actual product in the carton.
REVISED Draft LAMP, released January 24, 2018 ( PDF version ) ( Word Version)
The EHB has prepared a revised Draft LAMP, dated 01/24/2018, with changes to previous iterations of the LAMP based on comments received from the LAMP’s Technical Advisory Committee, the Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) staff and the public. We anticipate that this will be the last draft available for public comment prior to bringing the document before the Board of Supervisors to request approval of the LAMP.
Monterey County has drafted a Local Agency Management Program (“LAMP”) for Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (“OWTS”, also commonly called septic systems). In June 2012, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted the OWTS Policy, intended to increase protection of water quality and public health in California by establishing uniform regulations for OWTS that apply throughout the state. The LAMP has been developed in accordance with Tier 2 of the Water Quality Control Policy for Siting, Design, Operation and Maintenance of Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (“OWTS Policy”), to provide local designers, installers and regulators more flexibility when designing, installing and permitting OWTS while still ensuring the goals of the OWTS Policy, adopted by the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board (“Central Coast Water Board”), can be met. The LAMP will supplement Monterey County Code, Chapter 15.20, Sewage Disposal, and calls for it to be updated to conform to the LAMP once it is approved by the Board of Supervisors (on or about May 2018). The LAMP does not require changes to existing, properly functioning OWTS. New OWTS and repairs, expansions or replacement of existing OWTS will be required to meet the requirements of the LAMP. Existing OWTS that are found to clearly degrade groundwater or surface water quality or could otherwise contribute to public health impacts may also require upgrade or replacement. Here is a list of some of the changes proposed by the LAMP, compared to current County standards:
- Specifies more comprehensive site evaluation requirements (including groundwater monitoring borings, soil profile analysis and for new systems, percolation testing)
- Limits the depth of dispersal fields
- Limits the use of seepage pits
- Requires septic tank pumpers to submit a report on every septic tank pump out within Monterey County
- Allows consideration for an alternative OWTS if a property is so constrained (for example, high groundwater, shallow soils or slow-percolating soils) that a conventional OWTS (septic tank and gravity disposal field) cannot be installed
Technical Advisory Committee (Public Stakeholder) Meeting
The EHB will host a final LAMP stakeholder meeting on Wednesday, February 7th from 4-6pm, at the Monterey County Health Department in Salinas; this meeting is open to the public. Due to the limited duration of the meeting and in an effort to ensure that all comments are received, we respectfully request that they be submitted in writing in advance of the meeting. Questions or comments about the LAMP or requests to participate in the TAC should be directed to Nicki Fowler,firstname.lastname@example.org or (831) 755-4584.
|Monterey County Health Department (1270 Natividad Road, Salinas 93906)|
|February 7, 2018
||4-6 PM||Final Draft LAMP
|June 21, 2017
||4-6 PM||Remaining Sections
|May 17, 2017
Revisions to Draft LAMP dated May 13, 2016
|December 14, 2016
|November 16, 2016
|October 19, 2016
|| Other sections
|September 21, 2016||4-6 PM
Section 6: Special Areas of Concern
|August 17, 2016
||4-6 PM|| Section 5: Requirements for New OWTS
|July 20, 2016
||4-6 PM|| Section 4: Requirements for Existing OWTS
The EHB intends to pursue a Notice of Determination indicating that the Monterey County LAMP meets or exceeds the level of environmental protection afforded by the State OWTS Policy, as evaluated in the Onsite Wastewater Treatment System Policy Final Substitute Environmental Document, approved by the State Water Resources Control Board on June 19, 2012.
LAMP Approval Process
The Final LAMP is tentatively scheduled to be considered for approval by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. The Monterey County LAMP is tentatively scheduled to be considered for adoption by the Central Coast RWQCB on May 10, 2018 in San Luis Obispo.
Effective Date of New Onsite Wastewater (Septic System) Regulations
If the LAMP is approved by RWQCB on May 10, 2018, it will become effective immediately. That means that pending OWTS permits (i.e. not issued or approved) will be subject to the requirements of the LAMP. However, if the LAMP is not approved during the Central Coast RWQCB’s May 2018 meeting, the restrictive standards specified by Tier 1 of the State OWTS Policy will become effective days later on May 13, 2018.
The Tier 1 standards will remain effective until the Central Coast RWQCB approves the Monterey County LAMP. The Central Coast RWQCB convenes on/in the following dates/places:
- June 28 – Santa Barbara
- September 20 – Watsonville
- December 6 – San Luis Obispo
Estimated Timeline for LAMP Approval
January 24, 2018 Revised Draft LAMP, dated 01/24/2018 released for public review
February 7, 2018 LAMP Stakeholder Meeting at Health Department
April 3, 2018 (tentative) Final LAMP at Board of Supervisors for Approval
May 10, 2018 Final LAMP at Central Coast RWQCB (San Luis Obispo) for Adoption
Note, the Tier 1 Standards of the OWTS Policy become effective on May 13, 2018 if Monterey County does not have an RWQCB-approved LAMP in place.Draft LAMP Submittal to Central Coast Water Board
A draft LAMP was submitted to the Central Coast Water Board on May 13, 2016. They responded with written comments in March 2017 and since that time Monterey County has been working to revise the draft to address their comments and those submitted from the public.
- Draft LAMP (revision date May 13, 2016)(revision date May 13, 2016)
- Cover Letter
- Board of Supervisors authorization to submit Draft LAMP (May 10, 2016) (May 10, 2016)
- EHB means Environmental Health Bureau, Monterey County Health Department
- LAMP means Local Agency Management Program (“LAMP”) for Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems
- OWTS means Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems
- TAC means Technical Advisory Committee
Water Quality Control Plan for Siting, Design, Operation and Maintenance of Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems by State Water Resources Control Board dated June 19, 2012
OWTS Policy Website
Current Local OWTS Regulations
Public Information Meeting
The Monterey County EHB held a series of informational meetings in June 2016 to provide the public with an overview of the State OWTS Policy, the LAMP and projected changes to OWTS design, installation and permit requirements.
Watch a video of the June 22, 2016 meeting: Salinas LAMP Info Meeting (21 minutes)
View the presentation: LAMP Info Meeting PowerPoint slides