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PUBLIC WORKSHOP for Russian River Watershed Pathogen TMDL

Aug 25, 2017

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC WORKSHOP

SEPTEMBER 20, 2017

Proposed Russian River Watershed Pathogen TMDL 

The California Regional Water Quality Control Board,North Coast Region (Regional Water Board) is proposing to amend the Water Quality Control Plan for the North Coast Region (Basin Plan) to establish a Pathogen Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) and Program of Implementation (TMDL Action Plan) for the Russian River Watershed. Regional Water Board staff invites you to attend a public workshop to learn about theDraft Pathogen TMDL and TMDL Action Plan.

Background:

Regional Water Board staff has drafted the Pathogen Total Maximum Daily Load and Program of Implementation for the Russian River Watershed (TMDL Action Plan) and the Staff Report for the TMDL Action Plan (Staff Report). The draft Staff Report describes the watershed setting, the applicable regulatory framework, and desired watershed conditions. It further documents pathogen pollution and impairments in the Russian River and its tributaries, identifies potential sources of pathogens, and estimates the pathogen loading capacity of the system based on the draft statewide bacteria objectives for E.colinow out for public review. The draft Staff Report provides the scientific basis and technical evidence of the Pathogen TMDL and proposes a concentration-based Waste Load Allocation and Load Allocation for the fecal indicator bacteria, E.colifor pathogen sources. The draft TMDL Action Plan contains the technical components of the Pathogen TMDL and the draft Program of Implementation. The Program of Implementation includes a proposed Advanced Protection Management Program (APMP) boundary, within which Onsite Waste Treatment System (OWTS) owners will have certain responsibilities to confirm the proper functioning of OWTS. The draft Action Plan also includes a prohibition of the discharge of fecal waste materials that cause or contribute to an exceedance of bacteria water quality objectives except as authorized by waste discharge requirements or action of the Regional Water Board or State Water Board.

Public Workshops:

Regional Water Board staff will present the draft Staff Report and draft TMDL Action Plan for the Russian River Watershed. Written and verbal public comments will be received at the workshop.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Guerneville Veterans Memorial Hall, 16225 1st Street, Guerneville

Public Comment Period:

Written public comments regarding the Draft Pathogen TMDL and TMDL Action Plan will be receivedfrom August 7, 2017 – September 29, 2017. Public comments can be sent to the attention of Alydda Mangelsdorf at the Regional Water Board at NorthCoast@waterboards.ca.gov. Comments can also be faxed to 707‐523‐0135 or mailed to the California Regional Water Quality Control Board - North Coast Region, ATTN: Alydda Mangelsdorf, 5550 Skylane Blvd., Suite A, Santa Rosa, California 95403

DOCUMENT AVAILABILITY

The draft Action Plan, draft Staff Report, including the draft Substitute Environmental Document, are available for public review and comment and can be downloaded from the Regional Water Board’s website at:

http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/northcoast/water_issues/ These documents can also be viewed by contacting or visiting the Regional Water Board’s office at 5550 Skylane Blvd., Suite A, Santa Rosa, California 95403 weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. or calling 707‐576‐2220.

CONTACT INFORMATION

For information, contact: Alydda Mangelsdorf, Senior Environmental Scientist, (707) 576-6735 or Alydda.Mangelsdorf@waterboards.ca.gov



Advance Protection Management Program for OWTS

Advanced Protection Management Plan (APMP) in the Russian River Watershed BasaemapThe draft TMDL Action Plan provides information and requirements specific to owners of Onsite Waste Treatment Systems (OWTS) in the Russian River Watershed.  Of particular importance is the definition of the geographic boundary of the Advanced Protection Management Program (APMP).  The draft TMDL Action Plan defines the Russian River Watershed APMP boundary to include both:

  1. The area within 600 linear feet from the top of the bank in the horizontal (map) direction on either side of the entire Russian River mainstem and
  2. The area within 600 linear feet from the top of the bank in the horizontal (map) direction on either side of any mapped waterbody in sub-watersheds where parcel densities are greater than 50 parcels per square mile.  Sub-watersheds, defined as Hydrologic Units Code 12 basin names, with parcel densities greater than 50 parcels per square mile include the following: Brooks Creek, Dutch Bill Creek, East Fork Russian River, Green Valley Creek, Lower Laguna de Santa Rosa, Lower Santa Rosa Creek, Mark West Creek, Porter Creek, Salt Hollow Creek, Upper Laguna de Santa Rosa, Upper Santa Rosa Creek, Ward Creek-Austin Creek, and Windsor Creek.

The draft TMDL Action Plan describes the requirements that may be applicable to any parcel that is wholly or partially within the APMP boundary, pending a decision of the Regional Water Board. To evaluate whether a given property is wholly or partially within the APMP boundary, an interactive mapping tool has been developed.  The interactive mapping tool allows an interested party to search for a given parcel using an address or APN. Click the link below to access the interactive map.  A disclaimer indicates that the interactive map is for informational purposes, only.

[Interactive map with an address or assessor parcel number (APN) look-up menu]

Russian River Watershed OWTS parcel Map



NOTICE OF PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

TO CONSIDER AN AMENDMENT TO SECTION 4 (IMPLEMENTATION PLANS) OF THE WATER QUALITY CONTROL PLAN FOR THE NORTH COAST REGION 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, North Coast Region (Regional Water Board) is proposing to amend the Water Quality Control Plan for the North Coast Region (Basin Plan) by making editorial changes to the “Policy on the Control of Water Quality with Respect to On-Site Waste Treatment and Disposal Practices” in Section 4 of the Basin Plan. This proposed amendment is being considered to align the Basin Plan with a concurrent Region Water Board action to establish a Program of Implementation for the Russian River Watershed (TMDL Action Plan) that is currently available for public review in advance of a public hearing scheduled for December 12-13, 2017.

I. Section 4 of the Basin Plan, the OWTS Policy and Russian River Watershed Pathogen TMDL

Section 4.2.1 of the Water Quality Control Policy for Siting, Design, Operation, and Maintenance of Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (OWTS Policy) exempts OWTS located within the Russian River Watershed from requirements of the OWTS Policy until the Regional Water Board adopts a TMDL for the Russian River Watershed. Until adoption of the Russian River Pathogen TMDL, OWTS within the Russian River Watershed are required to continue to comply with the “Policy on the Control of Water Quality with Respect to On-Site Waste Treatment and Disposal Practices” contained in Section 4 of the Basin Plan. When and if the TMDL Action Plan is finalized and adopted, the “Policy on the Control of Water Quality with Respect to On-Site Waste Treatment and Disposal Practices” in Section 4 of the Basin Plan would no longer apply to OWTS systems within the Russian River Watershed. The proposed amendment includes editorial changes to Section 4 of the Basin Plan to remove language that would no longer be operable if the Russian River Pathogen TMDL is adopted by the Regional Board.

II. Availability of Documents

Documents related to the proposed Basin Plan amendment are available for public review and can be downloaded from the Regional Water Board’s website at:

http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/northcoast/water_issues/programs/tmdls/russian_river/. These documents can also be viewed by contacting or visiting the Regional Water Board’s office at 5550 Skylane Blvd., Suite A, Santa Rosa, California 95403 weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. or calling 707‐576‐2220. 

III. Public Comments

Persons wishing to comment on the proposed Basin Plan amendment described herein, are invited to submit comments in writing. To be evaluated and responded to by the Regional Water Board, and fully considered in advance of the hearing, all written comments and evidence must be received by the Regional Water Board no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 9, 2017.Untimely submittal of written comments will not be accepted or responded to.

Please transmit comments electronically to the attention of Alydda Mangelsdorf at the Regional Water Board at NorthCoast@waterboards.ca.gov . Comments can also be faxed to 707‐523‐0135 or mailed to the California Regional Water Quality Control Board - North Coast Region, ATTN: Alydda Mangelsdorf, 5550 Skylane Blvd., Suite A, Santa Rosa, California 95403. Persons wishing to present oral comments are invited to attend the hearing and present oral comments on December 12-13, 2017.

Please Note: The Monday, October 9, 2017 deadline to receive written comments corresponds only to written comments related to the Section 4 Basin Plan revisions. The written comments on the draft TMDL Action Plan, draft staff report, and SED, should be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 29, 2017.Please see the Regional Water Board’s website for the public notice and details regarding that submission:

http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/northcoast/water_issues/programs/tmdls/russian_river /.

IV. Hearing Date and Location

The Regional Water Board will hold a public hearing to consider approval of the SED and adoption of the TMDL Action Plan, including the proposed amendment to Section 4 of the Basin Plan at its regular public meeting scheduled:

Date and Time: December 12-13, 2017, 8:30 A.M.

Location: Regional Water Board Office, 5550 Skylane Blvd., Suite A, Santa Rosa

The hearing will be conducted in accordance with California Code of Regulations, title 23, section 649.3. Time limits may be imposed on oral testimony at the public hearing; groups are encouraged to designate a spokesperson. The December 2017 meeting is scheduled as a two-day meeting. The full agenda will be available 10 days before the meeting.

Written comments submitted prior to the close of the comment period will be considered by the Regional Water Board as part of their decision-making process. 

V. PUBLIC HEARING ACCESSIBILITY

A map and directions to the hearing are available online at:

http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/northcoast/about_us/contact_us.shtml Anyone requiring reasonable accommodation to participate in the hearing should contact Patti Corsie, Executive Assistant, at (707) 576‐2307, at least five days prior to the scheduled Board Meeting. The hearing location is accessible to persons with disabilities. TTY users may contact the California Relay Service at 1‐800‐735‐2929 or voice line at 1-800‐735‐2922.

VI. Regional Water Board Staff Contact

Questions regarding the proposed amendment to Section 4 of the Basin Plan, should be directed to: Alydda Mangelsdorf, Senior Environmental Scientist, at alydda.mangelsdorf@waterboards.ca.gov or (707) 576-6735.

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