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Overview

While the Working Group is not subject to the Ralph M. Brown Act, public participation is nonetheless an integral component of the NSMP. To ensure that all interested parties have the opportunity to receive information and provide input into the program at key junctures, the NSMP Working Group has developed the following public participation strategies:

Public Representation in the Working Group
The NSMP Working Group has created "participating member" positions for the environmental community. A "participating member" is involved in all discussions and decisions of the NSMP Working Group, with the exception of program funding. A "participating member" is not required to financially contribute to the NSMP Working Group or to the implementation of the Work Plan or the BMP Strategic Plan.

The Executive Officer, or designee, of the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board (Regional Board) is also a "participating member" of the NSMP Working Group.

Public Participation at Working Group Meetings

NSMP Working Group meetings are open to the public. The meetings are divided into two sections, a work session and a public forum. During the work session, discussions will be limited to NSMP Working Group members and "participating members" only. During the public forum, any member of the public may provide comments and feedback to the NSMP Working Group and the "participating members."

Public Briefings - Newport Bay Watershed Executive Committee
Periodic public briefings on the progress and work products of the NSMP Working Group will be provided during meetings of the Newport Bay Watershed Executive Committee. These meetings are open to the public and will provide an additional opportunity for public comments and feedback to the NSMP Working Group.

Public Briefings - Regional Board
The NSMP Working Group will provide public briefings, as appropriate, at regular meetings of the Regional Board to report on the progress being made in the Work Plan and the BMP Strategic Plan. These meetings are open to the public and will provide additional opportunities for public comments and feedback to the NSMP Working Group. Public notices and documents related to these briefings can be accessed through the Regional Board website.

2014 Public Workshops on Selenium Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs)
The NSMP Working Group, including its participating members, will host a series of public workshops with other regulatory and resource agencies to provide an opportunity for focused discussions on remaining regulatory and technical issues. These workshops, which are open to the public, provide another opportunity for public participation. The date, location, and agenda for each workshop (Workshop 1, Workshop 2, Workshop 3) are posted in the Notice, which can also be accessed through the Regional Board website.

Public Access to Work Products and Relevant Information
The NSMP Working Group has created this program website devoted to the NSMP. All final work products and relevant project information will be posted on the website. Additional information, such as NSMP Working Group meetings/dates/times, public briefings, etc. will also be posted. Please visit Newport Bay Selenium TMDL webpage on the Regional Board website for more information.