Las Tablas and Lake Nacimiento Mercury TMDL
Problem Statement - The historic processes of mining have caused mercury impairments in Lake Nacimiento and Las Tablas Creek. Water samples from these waterbodies consistently show mercury at levels in excess of Basin Plan objectives for “freshwater habitat” (cold and warm waters) beneficial uses. In addition, fish tissue samples collected from fish in Lake Nacimiento between 1981 and 1994 exceed US Food and Drug Administration levels for human consumption. This is an impairment of narrative standards for suspended and settleable materials and indicates impact to the beneficial use of “commercial and sport fishing."
- Mary Hamilton
Status and Public Notices
- Status: Central Coast Water Board approved in 2003, however, neither State Board nor USEPA approved. TMDL project indefinitely postponed until USEPA takes further action regarding potential superfund site.
- Public Notice: none at this time.
- Central Coast Water Board
- approved May 16, 2003.