In order to help protect the diverse natural resources in the State of California, water quality regulatory agencies are developing a new policy to set biological objectives (aka biocriteria). This manuscript is a description of the State's workplan. The policy development will
include ten steps including: 1) Reference condition; 2) Stressor response models; 3) Waterbody classification; 4) Stressor identification; 5) Information management; 6) Implementation Plan Development; 7) Rulemaking; 8) Outreach; and 10) Training and standardization. The first five steps are
largely technical while the remaining tasks are policy and administrative oriented. The new policy is expected to go before the state regulatory authority in 2013.
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