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Local Area Management Plan (LAMP)

For Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (Septic Systems)

Public comments on the draft Local Agency Management Program (LAMP) will be accepted from Monday, June 7 through Sunday, July 11, at 11:59 p.m. Public comments may be submitted as follows:

US Mail: Environmental Health, 701 Ocean Street, Room 312, Santa Cruz CA 95060, Attention: LAMP coordinator

Email: env.hlth@santacruzcounty.us; Subject line: LAMP comments

A virtual public meeting will be held Wednesday, June 23, 5:30 – 7:00 pm. This meeting will be conducted as a video conference with a call-in option. A link and call-in information will be posted on this web site.

The Draft Local Area Management Program (LAMP) has been prepared to guide the permitting and oversight of Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (OWTS, also known as septic systems). This LAMP is produced in accordance with requirements set forth by the State Water Resources Control Board (State Board) in the State OWTS Policy (2013) for County permitting of OWTS.

The purpose of the LAMP is to provide for the continued use of OWTS in Santa Cruz County while providing protection of water quality and public health. Due to historical development patterns, local climate, geology and soils, a majority of the 27,700 existing OWTS could not meet the State Tier 1 Standards for Low Risk systems. However, with appropriate standards and management approaches, systems can be upgraded and utilized to continue to meet housing needs, recharge groundwater basins, and protect water quality. The LAMP is an expansion, refinement, and update of successful wastewater management approaches conducted by Santa Cruz County since 1985.

Draft versions of the LAMP were released for public review and comment on December 2019 and again in November 2020. Comments were received and taken into account during follow up discussion with staff of the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board (Regional Board). A new draft has been prepared and is available through the links below.  Comments submitted at this time will become part of the record for consideration by the Regional Board. 

Once review is completed, the final LAMP will be prepared and submitted for approval to the County Board of Supervisors and the Regional Board. Implementation of the LAMP will commence upon Regional Board approval.

Draft LAMP For Public Comment, June 2021

Local Area Management Plan

Appendix A - Chapter 7.38 of Santa Cruz County Code: Sewage Disposal Ordinance

Appendix B - Chapter 7.42 of Santa Cruz County Code: Septic Tank Pumping and Liquid Waste Transport

Appendix C - Summary of Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (OWTS) Requirements

Appendix D - Enhanced Treatment System Regulations

Appendix E - Septic Tanks, Distribution Boxes, and Chamber Leaching Systems Approved for Use in Santa Cruz County

Appendix F - Site Evaluation and Testing Procedures

Appendix G - State OWTS Policy

 

Previous Draft from November 2020

LAMP clean version

Draft LAMP (11/12/2020)

Summary of LAMP Changes

Appendices:

Appendix A - Chapter 7.38 of Santa Cruz County Code: Sewage Disposal (with proposed updates)

Appendix B - Chapter 7.42 of Santa Cruz County Code: Septic Tank Pumping and Liquid Waste Transport

Appendix C - Summary of Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (OWTS) Requirements 

Appendix D - Enhanced Treatment System Regulations

Appendix E - Septic Tanks, Distribution Boxes, and Chamber Leaching Systems Approved for Use in Santa Cruz County

Appendix F - Site Evaluation and Testing Procedures

Appendix G - State OWTS Policy

Appendix H - LAMP Checklist

Regional Board Onsite Web page https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/centralcoast/water_issues/programs/septics/permits.html