SAN FRANCISCO — The state regional Water Quality Control Board has unveiled a plan to improve water in San Francisco Bay that includes conducting research into storm runoff and agricultural waste water from the San Joaquin River.
The draft proposed Tuesday would have the board authorize studies into the effect of the runoff and waste water on the quality of the bay water, with a view to future regulations.
"They have been trying to control such things as selenium at the point source while the mother lode of selenium has been coming in through the San Joaquin River," said William Davoren, executive director of the Bay Institute of San Francisco.
The plan would for the first time set upper limits on toxic and heavy metal pollutants that dischargers would be allowed to dump into bay waters. The standards generally follow federal Environmental Protection Agency guidelines.