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March 15/16, 2001 Executive Officer's Report


SUBJECT: Executive Officer's Report


OP Pesticide Workshops
Three staff workshops were held on 17 and 18 January at the Stanislaus County Agricultural Center in Modesto and in the Regional Board office in Sacramento to explain the reasons for developing a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for OP Pesticides in the Lower San Joaquin River. These workshops were scheduled at the request of those who attended our November 2nd workshop and felt that a wider dissemination of the information was needed. Board staff Les Grober and Shakoora Azimi presented the TMDL development process and the status of the San Joaquin River OP pesticide TMDL. As a result of these workshops, staff has also developed a question and answer handout for the most frequently asked questions at these workshops (SAG).

TMDL Training for Pest Control Advisors
On 23 January, staff presented the status of the San Joaquin River OP pesticide TMDL at the Merced County Agricultural Center as part of the Pest Management Update Course offered twice a year by Merced Community College. The presentation included discussions on pesticide source analysis and the role of the Pest Control Advisors (PCAs) in implementing solutions to the problem. This is the third presentation made to PCAs at this type of update course. Previous presentations were made at the Merced and Modesto Community Colleges for PCA from both Merced and Stanislaus Counties. Another update course is scheduled for March 2001.

Dissolved Oxygen Committee Funding Possible
The San Joaquin River Dissolved Oxygen Committee submitted a CALFED proposal last fall to continue research to determine the causes and most economical solutions to the low dissolved oxygen problem in the San Joaquin River and the Deep Water Ship Channel. Unfortunately, the Technical Panel recommended not funding the proposal. The Steering Committee appealed the decision on 15 November to the Bay-Delta Advisory Council (BDAC). After lengthy discussion, BDAC directed CALFED staff to request a second proposal from the Steering Committee for possible Directed Action funding. A Directed Action proposal has been prepared and was submitted to CALFED at the end of January. A response is expected from CALFED in March as to possible funding. (CGF)

OP Pesticide Storm Sampling
As part of San Joaquin River Dormant Spray Monitoring Plan, a joint effort between staff, Dept of Pesticide Regulation and USGS, staff and students from the San Joaquin River TMDL Unit with assistance of staff and students from the Sacramento and San Joaquin River Watershed Sections, conducted monitoring of OP pesticides in San Joaquin River Watershed. This monitoring plan includes sampling during storm event, weekly sampling, and rainfall monitoring of seven tributaries and eight agricultural and urban sites. The first storm event samples were collected from 26 - 28 January. Sampling for the second storm event is tentatively scheduled for mid to end of February. (LFG)

Proposition 13 Proposals
We received 58 proposals to be reviewed for funding under both the Watershed and Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Proposition 13 subaccounts. Staff is currently reviewing 31 proposals for the Sacramento Basin, 15 proposals for the San Joaquin Basin, and 12 proposals for the Tulare Lake Basin for both eligibility and regional priority. During March, the top proposals from our Region will compete for funding with other proposals submitted throughout the state. The State Board will determine the final statewide ranking and list of proposals to be funded in April. (JEC)

Salinity and Boron TMDL Discussed
Staff held a public workshop on 1 March 2001 to present an overview of the Salinity and Boron Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) being developed for the Lower San Joaquin River. The workshop was used to disseminate information to the public and to provide an opportunity for public input to the TMDL development process. The workshop included a discussion of the TMDL process and the specific components of the Salinity and Boron TMDL that is due to US EPA by June 30th. Staff also discussed the status of the Salinity and Boron Basin Plan Amendment and the status of the petition to revoke the Waiver of Waste Discharge Requirements for agricultural return flows that was on the Board's agenda last month. Staff mailed meeting notices to approximately 300 targeted agencies and individuals. Approximately 50 to 70 people attended the workshop. (EIO)

Emergency Milk Dumping
Due to rolling blackouts, some dairy processing facilities have lost electrical power several hours at a time, temporarily leaving dairy producers without a home for their milk. The result is that a few dairymen ran out of storage space and were forced to divert their raw milk to other uses or dispose of it. Under normal circumstances, the Water Code requires any discharger of a waste to file a Report of Waste Discharge but due to the emergency nature of this situation, there was not time to do so. Staff has prepared a letter asking such operators to take all steps to avoid an impact to water quality if the milk should be disposed of. If operators follow the guidance in the letter, staff feels this short-term use of milk on farmed land should not adversely affect waters of the state. (DWW/LMW)

Dissolved Oxygen Steering Committee Chair
Ronda Lucas, California Farm Bureau, served as chairperson of the San Joaquin River Dissolved Oxygen Steering Committee from its inception through November 2000. The Committee is working to develop a TMDL for the low dissolved oxygen problems in the San Joaquin River near the Stockton Deep Water Ship Channel. In December Mary Hildebrand, San Joaquin County Farm Bureau, was elected the new chair. (CGF)

Letters and Calls on Petition
As of 22 February, the Board has received about 5,000 letters and over 450 phone calls from people supporting the petition to rescind the waiver of waste discharge requirements for irrigation return flows. Most of these contacts appear to be from customers of Working Assets, "the phone company that supports progressive nonprofits." Each month, this organization sends out information on two to three issues with its phone bill. They allow five minutes of toll-free calling to the numbers they provide (for example the Regional Board's phone number for the petition issue), and will send a comment letter for their customers for a charge of $3.00. Information regarding the petition was provided with the January billing and both calls and letters continue to arrive. (RJS)

Irrigation Return Water Petition
Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund has petitioned the State Board to review the Regional Board's action with respect to their request to rescind the waiver of waste discharge requirements for irrigation return waters. The petition recognized that the Regional Board will be holding a workshop on this issue this summer and asks the State Board to not make a determination until after the workshop. (RJS)

Waterhyacinth Project Court Decision&
Last year, Deltakeeper filed a lawsuit against the California Department of Boating and Waterways for failing to obtain an NPDES permit for the agency's waterhyacinth control program. The program uses pesticides to kill this aquatic weed in the Delta and its tributaries and last October the Board tabled a proposed NPDES permit for the project. The court recently denied summary judgment on the basis that Deltakeeper did not meet the criteria necessary to file a citizen lawsuit and because the control program had ceased operation prior to the filing of the lawsuit. DBW has not applied pesticides since fall of 1999 pending a determination regarding the need for an NPDES permit for the project. The tabled permit is now with the State Board on appeal of the Regional Board inaction. (RJS)

Agricultural Drainage
Pursuant to a federal court order, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is developing a plan to manage drainage generated by irrigation in the Westlands Water District. The shallow ground water that must be managed is high in salt and trace elements that can pose a threat to both agricultural production and water quality. Any program developed by the Bureau is expected to require Regional Board review. (RJS)

Agricultural Water Caucus
On 7 February 2001, Board members Beverly Alves and Al Brizard and staff member Rudy Schnagl attended the Agricultural Water Caucus meeting in Sacramento. This statewide group represents irrigated agriculture and meets periodically to discuss topics of interest to that industry. The focus of this meeting was on TMDLs and other water quality programs that are under development. Mr. Schnagl was one of several invited speakers and he gave a brief presentation on programs in the San Joaquin River Basin.

Merced County PEIR
For several years, the Merced County Division of Environmental Health (MCDEH) has been working to improve the County's regulatory program for confined animal facilities (CAFs), particularly dairies. The MCDEH Director, Mr. Jeff Palsgaard, is organizing the County regulatory program to meet state and federal requirements for CAFs. As part of their regulatory program, Merced County issues Conditional Use Permits (CUPs) for all new dairies and dairies that are expanding significantly. The CUPs are discretionary permits, and, therefore, the County must meet CEQA requirements before issuing the permit. Merced County has also decided to revise their CAF ordinances and complete a Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) for all dairies that will receive CUPs. Regional Board Staff reviewed the County's 10 November 2002 Administrative Draft PEIR and provided comments to the County on portions of the report that are relevant to water quality issues. (JLM)

Large Dairies Proposed for Region 5
Some of the new dairies proposed for construction in Region 5 are large (over 2,000 milk cows). Many of the proposed dairies are relocating from the Chino Basin and are looking for areas with a lot of relatively inexpensive land. Even in the counties that don't issue Conditional Use Permits, Regional Board staff often has the opportunity to review and comment on the proposed facilities. Although it can take several hours to review and comment on the plans for a large dairy, staff believes that it is worth the effort because potential problems can be prevented by identifying needed changes in the dairy design or proposed operational practices before the dairy is built.

Staff in the Sacramento office have recently reviewed proposed plans and commented on plans for two large dairies located in areas that have permeable soils and shallow groundwater. In both cases staff is recommending that to a monitoring program be imposed to assess performance of designed mitigation measures. Additional staff effort will be needed to review the proposed monitoring program, oversee implementation of the program, and review monitoring reports. Those efforts will divert staff from current inspection and surface-water enforcement activities. Since staff resources are limited, managers continue to review priorities so that the most critical issues are addressed first. (RJM)

Aerial Surveillance Helps
The Dairy Unit from our Sacramento Office and Department of Fish and Game (DF&G) staff have conducted joint aerial surveillance of dairies. Recently Louis Pratt accompanied the DF&G pilot and acted as a spotter. Other Dairy Unit staff accompany Game Wardens on the ground. During a flight on 8 February, the aerial team observed potential seven off-property discharges of dairy wastewater in the Oakdale area. The two ground teams were able to document two of the discharges. (LFP)

Dairy Case Settled
In the matter of People vs Lucky J. Dairy, San Joaquin County, a final judgment and permanent injunction were handed down by Superior Court. The judgment calls for monetary penalties of $1,100,000. $100,000 was due immediately, and $1,000,000 was held in abeyance as long as the dairy meets the conditions of the injunction. The injunction required that a minimum of 3 million cubic feet of wastewater storage, effective berming around the dairy, valves to keep storm water separate from wastewater, and grading of corrals must have been completed by 31 December 2000. The dairy must also be operated violation free for a period of 10 years. (LFP)

Malaga County Water District Discharges to Canal, Fresno County
On 30 December 2000, the District began discharging partially treated wastewater to the Central Canal, a water of the U.S. The discharges were necessary to restore freeboard and prevent overtopping of its disposal ponds. The District has a temporary chlorination system, but has not completed the filtration units to provide the required tertiary treatment. According to the District, it will continue to discharge a portion of its effluent to the Canal through at least February 2001. Without filtration, the District is likely to violate the effluent limits in its NPDES permit. The Board adopted a C&D in January that requires the District to complete the necessary treatment units by 31 December 2001. (ARP)

Dischargers Oppose Implementation of Biosolids General Order
Staff has started to implement the new State Board General Order No. 2000-10-DWQ for the land Application of biosolids. Dischargers with sites regulated by the General Order No. 95-140 and dischargers with site-specific WDRs for the land application of biosolids have been asked to submit Notice of Intent forms and other required information to apply Order No. 2000-10-DWQ. These dischargers were notified of the Board's intent to rescind General Order No. 95-140. Most dischargers with site-specific WDRs oppose the implementation of Order No. 2000-10-DWQ and some have threatened lawsuits if the Board proceeds. The dischargers' concerns include, but are not limited to, increased fees, increased paperwork and processing, and impending court decisions that may overturn Order No. 2000-10-DWQ, thus leaving the dischargers without WDRs. The ultimate goal is to have all WDRs associated with the land application of biosolids reflect the current statewide policies and standards. (JRL)

City of Fresno Spills Wastewater
On 29 December 2000, the City of Fresno reported that is spilled 15,000 gallons of sewage on Wishon Street near Shields Avenue. The City's spill was caused by a sewer line blockage, which caused the sewage to surface near an underpass. The sewage flowed into a stormwater pumping station and was pumped to a terminal stormwater basin. The City removed 1,000 gallons of sewage from the station by a vacuum truck and disinfected the area. The spill was reported by staff to the Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District. Staff anticipates no further action. (HA)

Violations Continue at Hilmar Cheese Company, Merced County
Hilmar Cheese Company has been discharging industrial wastewater to land near its cheese processing facility since 1985. A Notice of Violation was issued last August concerning degrading groundwater. The discharge continues to violate WDRs relative to flow, waste application rates and groundwater. A Report of Waste Discharge in April 2000 remains incomplete. Hydraulic loadings currently exceed 10 feet annually. Potentially significant amounts of wastewater enter subsurface tile drains within and adjacent to the disposal area that Turlock Irrigation District pumps to concrete ditches that ultimately discharge to the San Joaquin River. Application areas receive exceptionally high organic, nitrogen, and chloride loadings. Applied wastewater ponds routinely, and has caused objectionable odors and vector conditions. While the Discharger is implementing a sophisticated pretreatment process to reduce the discharge's salinity, violations continue. Numerous errors appear in the tabulation and interpretation of groundwater data. The Discharger is preparing various reports Board staff formally requested and has been notified that enforcement action is pending. (JLK)

Land O'Lakes Continues Unpermitted Discharge in Gustine, Merced County
Land O'Lakes recently submitted a plan and schedule to cease an unpermitted discharge of high strength industrial wastewater (HSWW) to land from its Gustine cheese facility. The plan proposes to install, as needed, a treatment plant for HSWW by the end of November 2002. Currently, the Facility discharges nine 5,000-gallon truckloads of the HSWW to the Lopes dairy lagoon daily. Land O'Lakes is in the process of restructuring its Gustine Facility by shifting its cheese shredding operation and cream cheese production line elsewhere. The HSWW is unsuitable for land applications due to high salt content. This waste discharge and other discharges of weaker character are occurring without benefit of WDRs. (SJK)

Gasoline Release at Reedley General Food Store Threatens Reedley Water Supply, Fresno County
A 10,000-gallon gasoline UST replaced three leaking USTs at this store in 1989. Investigations in 1989 and 1995 confirmed extensive soil contamination. In 1998, very high concentrations of TPHg and BTEX were found in groundwater. No MTBE was detected. A pilot test in 2000 determined that vapor extraction can be successful in remediating soil. In the interim, however, concentrations of TPHg and BTEX increased even more, and MTBE was detected at 430,000 g/l. An inspection of the site by Board staff found what appeared to be a new release beneath a dispenser with no containment pan. The RP has been directed to proceed with soil vapor extraction, investigate the new release, and prepare a RAP for groundwater treatment. The impacted groundwater is a sole source aquifer for Reedley. The closest existing municipal well is about 1,600 feet away, but the City indicates new wells will be nearer the store. (JWH)

Livingston's Industrial Discharge Polluted Groundwater, Merced County
The City of Livingston recently expanded the groundwater-monitoring network to nine monitoring wells at its Industrial IWWTF. The WWTF consists of twelve treatment and disposal ponds adjacent to the Merced River. Preliminary groundwater monitoring data indicates the Facility has polluted groundwater with coliform and ammonia. The Foster Farms reclamation area associated with the WWTF has applied wastewater in excess of agronomic rates and polluted groundwater with nitrates. The City, in conjunction with Foster Farms (the WWTF's sole discharger) has submitted a long-term compliance schedule. The schedule proposes that an overall Facility Plan be completed by November 2001 and a new or rehabilitated WWTF begin operating by May 2005. Updated WDRs and enforcement for this situation will appear on a future agenda. (SJK)

Biosolids Feud Brewing in Kings County
In an October letter and the Board public forum, the attorney for a landowners association alleged that McCarthy Family Farms, Inc. illegally applied untreated sewage sludge to land not regulated by WDRs. The issue appeared in a Fresno Bee article in October. Staff inspected twice in late October and sampled soil. The analyses indicate biosolids were applied to land not regulated by WDRs. However, there was no evidence that biosolids were applied to the association's land. An NOV was issued to the Discharger for the land application of biosolids to land not regulated by WDRs. The Discharger has reportedly filed a lawsuit against the landowners association for slander. (JRL)

Update on Central Sierra Watershed Committee
The Central Sierra Watershed Committee was awarded a Proposition 204 grant in 1999 to develop an application to form a resource conservation and development area (RC&D). A RC&D is a USDA program that receives permanent funding for a coordinator, clerical support, and expenses. The goal of a RC&D is to conserve resources while improving economic development. In November, the Committee completed the application to form the Yosemite/Sequoia RC&D to cover Mariposa County and the eastern portions of Madera, Fresno, and Tulare counties. The RC&D was approved in January 2001. The organizers held a celebration on 31 January as part of the regular meetings of the Central Sierra Watershed Committee and the RC&D steering committee. (BY)

Citizen's Monitoring of Southern Valley
Staff has been requested by Dominic Gregorio of the State Board to participate in conducting training to establish another citizen's monitoring committee. The meeting is being organized by Kern County Neighbors for Quality Air, Water, and Growth. This committee would be composed of citizens that would monitor various types of discharges in the southern San Joaquin Valley and report their observations to staff. Training is also being conducted on proper techniques for collection and preservation of surface water samples. The seminar was 9 February 2000. (CLR)

Groundwater Degradation Visalia Landfill, Tulare County
Tulare County continues to conduct groundwater evaluation monitoring to determine the extent of a release of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the Visalia landfill. The release has migrated to a dairy southwest of the landfill where VOCs have been detected in the dairy water supply well. After completing its evaluation, a corrective action program will be required to cleanup the degraded groundwater. (VSM)

Deer Creek Oil Field, Tulare County
There are several hundred oil field leases in the area regulated by the Fresno Office that discharge production wastewater to unlined sumps. Many of the existing WDRs that regulate wastewater discharges at the leases were adopted years ago and need to be updated to reflect current Board policy and State regulations. Staff has undertaken a program to systematically review and update WDRs for all oil fields. Recently, staff inspected all leases in Deer Creek Oil Field, Tulare County, and subsequently updated the WDRs. The oil field encompasses approximately 125 acres in southeast Tulare County and is overlying excellent quality groundwater. To ensure the beneficial uses of the State's waters are protected, updated WDRs require operators with discharges to unlined sumps to comply with maximum salinity limits prescribed in the Basin Plan. Staff is continuing to review and update WDRs for other oil fields in a similar manner. (LSO)

Staff Inspects Former Drug Lab, Mariposa County
Mariposa County's Department of Environmental Health informed us of a drainpipe from a former drug lab to an adjacent creek. Soil and surface water samples were collected for analysis of drug lab constituents: phosphorus, iodine, lead, and volatile organic compounds. Analytical results from all samples indicate that a threat to water quality does not exist at the site. The owner has been directed to remove the drainpipe. (AM)

Effluent Dominated Water Bodies Stakeholder Group
On 1 February, staff hosted a meeting on Effluent Dominated Water bodies (EDWs) in Region 5. This was the first meeting of an on-going stakeholder process organized to address permitting and other issues in these water bodies. Over 50 people attended, representing state and local government agencies (including NPDES permitees), private consultants and citizens groups. The intent of this stakeholder group is to efficiently apply limited staff resources to develop collaborative, workable solutions to problems encountered in EDWs. The goal of this first meeting was to give an overview of the issues to the participants, and to begin to identify common concerns that can be addressed through the stakeholder group process. Regional Board staff discussed progress to date addressing EDW issues in Region 5 and gave an overview of the Basin Plan Amendment (BPA) process. Representatives from the El Dorado Irrigation District discussed their work with Regional Board staff to develop a site specific BPA for their Deer Creek wastewater treatment plant. A representative from the City of Roseville presented its proposal to work with Regional Board staff to develop a basin-wide BPA to modify the water quality objectives for pH and turbidity. Staff from the State Board discussed its efforts to address EDW issues on a statewide level. During the afternoon discussion, many common issues and concerns were identified that the stakeholders felt would be possible to address through the group. Several participants volunteered to organize the next meeting, which was set for 5 April 2001. Regional Board staff will continue to provide technical and logistical support at all stakeholder meetings. (LBW)

Delta Drinking Water Policy Development - Status Report
A contract with DHS to fund Regional Board staff time for the first year of a four year plan to develop a drinking water policy for the Delta has been signed by State Board and has been returned to DHS for approval. Staff is utilizing the CalFed Drinking Water Constituent Work Group to solicit input from drinking water stakeholders. Constituents of concern to drinking water purveyors include pathogens, salts, and precursors to disinfection byproducts such as organic carbon. Staff is reviewing NPDES facility self-monitoring reports and will summarize the data from them for the constituents of concern. DWR is providing a database to use with this project. Once the data is entered into the database staff will identify data gaps and initiate a monitoring study for the constituents of concern. Staff anticipates that the monitoring program will start with a representative number of permitted dischargers. In following years, staff will follow up with nonpoint source monitoring. Following the review of discharger submitted data, staff will design a monitoring study of sources and loads which will have representative NPDES permitted facilities submit samples of effluent for analysis for the constituents of concern. Funding for sample analysis is being provided by the California Urban Water Association and the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District. (RLR)

Site Specific Basin Plan Amendment for the El Dorado Irrigation District's Deer Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant
El Dorado Irrigation District (EID) has been working with Board staff to develop a Site Specific Basin Plan Amendment for their Deer Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. Staff has received draft Functionally Equivalent Documents (FED) for the SSBPA for turbidity and pH and a separate document for temperature. The draft FED for turbidity and pH are being finalized for peer review. Peer review will start in early March and is anticipated to be completed in 30 to 60 days. A final draft FED for temperature has been reviewed by State Board. After suggested revisions are completed the temperature proposal will be sent out for peer review. Peer review for the temperature proposal is anticipated to begin in April. The earliest date for final approval of the proposed basin plan amendments is June 2002. (RLR)

Pirelli Tire Corporation, Hanford Plant Closure, Kings County
Citing operational and financial needs, Pirelli ceased operations at its Hanford tire plant in December 2000. Prior to the plant closing, Pirelli completed most of the investigation and cleanup work required by C&A Order No. 98?728. Completion of cleanup work at one unlined pond (Farmer's Pond) is scheduled for the spring/summer of 2001, when the pond dries out. Pirelli plans to remove impacted soil from this pond and transport the soil off-site to an approved disposal site. Quarterly groundwater monitoring at the site indicates only sporadic, low level wastes in groundwater. Pirelli will be submitting a final groundwater monitoring report that makes recommendations on future sampling. (ESB)

Enhanced Bioremediation Showing Promise, San Joaquin Refining Company, Kern County
San Joaquin Refining Company (SJRC) has been conducting a pilot study [injecting air (sparging) into the petroleum hydrocarbon impacted shallow groundwater system] at two locations of the site since 1998. The design is to stimulate activities of naturally occurring microorganisms primarily through the addition of oxygen (and nutrients if necessary). Groundwater observation wells show TPHd levels of about 5,000 g/l in 1998 dropped to below 1,500 g/l in early 2000. During the 2000 monitoring period, however, the TPHd levels increased to about 3,000 g/l in most of the observation wells. Staff has been working with SJRC to find the cause(s) of the observed increase. (JYH)

1-7F Sump Closure, Coalinga Oil Field, Fresno County
Torch Operating Company (Torch), operates a gas compressor plant five miles from Coalinga. PCB-impacted soils were previously identified in the vicinity of the subject former sump. The sump is about 250' wide and 400' long. Groundwater is 300 to 400' below the ground surface (bgs). Soils are impacted approximately 8' bgs under the sump. Torch proposes to remove all the PCB impacted soils above 10 mg/kg from the sump and along a drainage line and dispose of them to a certified landfill. Approximately 1,100 cubic yards of soils (50 feet long by 100 feet wide by 6 feet deep) and about 200 cubic yards of soils (175' long x 10' wide x 3' deep) will be removed from the sump and the drainage line south of the sump, respectively. During excavation, soil samples will be field screened for PCBs. Field screening techniques utilize visual and/or enzyme immunoassay methods that can identify whether the soil samples exceed 5 mg/kg level. Confirmation soil samples will be collected from the bottoms and sidewalls of the excavations. (JYH)

4 J Corporation, Alpaugh, Tulare County
The 4J Corporation Alpaugh site is to be sold to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) under its Land Retirement Program. Eight existing aboveground tanks and one underground storage tank (UST) were removed. Soil samples were collected from beneath the tanks and analyzed for benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, total xylenes, MTBE, total petroleum hydrocarbons as gasoline, and total petroleum hydrocarbons as diesel. Low concentrations of MTBE were detected beneath the UST. Soil affected with MTBE was excavated. After reviewing the provided information, the site was closed. (AM)

M&M Farms, Alpaugh, Tulare County
M&M Farms is selling its property to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) under its Land Retirement Program. Seven existing aboveground tanks at the site were removed. Analytical results of soil samples collected from beneath the tanks indicate that total petroleum hydrocarbons as diesel was present at elevated concentrations. Affected soils were subsequently excavated. After reviewing provided information, it is unlikely the remaining materials would affect beneficial uses of groundwater; therefore; no further action is required. The site has been closed. (AM)

Tehama County Soil Treatment Facility Pays ACL
The Bio Industries petroleum-contaminated soil treatment facility in Tehama County was assessed an ACL penalty of $15,000 for accepting soils containing hazardous levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB), in violation of its WDRs. The Discharger, as a result of extenuating circumstances, requested a reduction of the ACL amount. The Executive Officer agreed to the reduction based upon the fact the discharger spent well over $100,000 on removal of the hazardous wastes prior to any discharge. On 20 February 2001, the discharger paid $10,000 to the State's C&A account. (DPS)

New Water Bottling Plant in "Hot Water"
Danone International Brands, Inc. (Dannon Bottled Water) is constructing a water bottling plant in the City of Mt. Shasta, Siskiyou County, which will use ground water as the source for natural spring water. Danone is proposing to dispose up 36,000 gpd of bottle wash water to an on-site leachfield or percolation pond and has requested WDRs from the Board. Danone has also submitted an NOI for the General Industrial Storm Water permit for the discharge of storm water from the site. Siskiyou County utilized a Mitigation Agreement for the project to satisfy CEQA declaring the project was ministerial as it was on an industrial site previously used for a sawmill. Board legal counsel reviewed the action by the County and determined that an environmental document will be necessary for the Board to adopt WDRs. The Board would, therefore, be lead agency for the environmental document. The project has resulted in considerable interest from a local environmental group and staff has received a petition containing hundreds of names expressing concern over the project. The citizens group also filed a lawsuit claiming that Siskiyou County failed to satisfy CEQA requirements.

Danone is also pursuing the option of discharging the bottle wash water to the City sewer system. The City has been reluctant to accept the waste since the City is currently under a C&D Order for collection system overflows. The City has an ongoing program for collection system rehabilitation and, as a condition of accepting the waste, may request funding from Danone to reduce inflow and infiltration in other areas of the collection system to offset the increased flow. If Danone and the City reach agreement the report of waste discharge for on-site disposal will be withdrawn.

Concerns Raised Over Proposed Use of Gold Mining Dredge Tailings for Stream Restoration in Clear Creek
Western Shasta Resource Conservation District has proposed using dredge tailings that potentially contain mercury, for fill in restoration of lower Clear Creek, Shasta County. The restoration work is intended to repair damage from sediment removal by sand and gravel mining along the Clear Creek floodway. Past removal of sediment has created stranding hazards for migrating salmon and trout in ponded areas adjacent to the stream. The District proposes importing 350,000 cubic yards of mine tailings that are presently isolated from the active channel to fill in the sediment-depleted areas along Clear Creek.

The tailings likely contain mercury that was used in dredge sluices to extract gold from the sediment. Mercury was detected in creek sediments associated with a recent dam removal project downstream of the proposed borrow areas. If the tailings contain appreciable concentrations of mercury, they would be classified as a Group B mine waste pursuant to Title 27 and must be protected from 100-year peak stream flow. Staff has considered two options to allow use of the tailings for fill in the flood plain; (1) treatment by sorting and washing, or (2) full characterization by sampling. The District has submitted a sampling plan that calls for analyzing 1 sample for every 3,330 cy of tailings spread over 34 acres. Sampling during the upstream dam removal project conducted by the USBR called for 1 sample for every 70 cy of material displaced (almost 50 times more sampling per unit volume).

Concerns are that this sampling plan may miss pockets of concentrated mercury produced by past mining spills and other localized mining discharges. Due to the inherent uncertainty in detecting mercury hot spots, staff responded to the District's plan by stating that the tailings should be sorted and washed before use, reasoning that since mercury is typically associated with the fine-grained portion of tailings separating out the gravel and larger fraction would address the mercury concern and greatly reduce the sampling needed. The District and some other agencies involved in similar restoration projects have strongly objected to this approach due to the cost to sort tailings and the subsequent loss of fill volume. Staff met with the District and the local State Assembly representative and expressed the concern over mercury contamination and suggested the tailings washing alternative. The District remains opposed to washing the tailings material and is considering a modified sampling approach. (GFC)

Putah Creek Resort Spill, Lake Berryessa, Napa County
On 13 February 2001, the USBR called the Board to report an illegal discharge at the Putah Creek Resort. The discharge flowed through a 150 foot long inch diameter hose into a drainage course to Lake Berryessa. Evidence of the sewage discharge, in the form of foaming on the water surface, was found more than 200 yards along the drainage course until its confluence with the lake, and then another 100 yards out on the surface of the lake. According to USBR, Resort employees had set up a pump system on Pond #2 with timer switch set for 24 hours. The hose went from the pump, over the pond berm and to the drainage course. USBR staff closed the valve, shut off the timer, and disconnected the hose before leaving the site.

The Resort was informed by USBR to cease and desist discharging wastewater to the drainage course and lake. On 14 February 2001, a total of 14 water samples were taken by USBR staff and Caltest analytical laboratory to determine total and fecal coliform levels in the drainage course at the point of discharge, in the wastewater ponds, and elsewhere in the lake. On 20 February 2001, freeboard was measured in all three ponds. The ponds are nearly full. Over the last eight days, the water level in the remaining available pond has increased 1.5 feet. The Discharger called on 13 February 2001 to report the spill and was instructed to file a written report. The Board received a brief report on 15 February 2001. The USBR is in the process of issuing a Notice of Default. (DJL)

Pleasure Cove Resort, Lake Berryessa, Napa County
An NOV was issued 7 December 2000 for numerous violations of the resort's WDRs including raw wastewater discharges in unsewered areas, sludge discharges to pond No. 1, and nonsubmittal of self-monitoring reports. The NOV required the Discharger to prepare a technical report to prescribe measures to be taken to comply with the problems identified in the NOV and to provide a milestone schedule to implement these measures. A technical report was provided and an implementation schedule established which targets 28 September 2001 for final site restoration. (DJL)

Rancho Monticello Resort, Lake Berryessa, Napa County
An NOV was issued 26 January 2001 for violations of the Resort's WDRs including raw wastewater discharges in unsewered areas and inconsistent submittals of the Dischargers self-monitoring reports. The NOV required the Discharger to prepare a technical report by 23 February 2001 to prescribe measures to be taken to comply with the problems identified in the NOV and to provide a milestone schedule to implement these measures. (DJL)

Spanish Flat Resort, Lake Berryessa, Napa County
A Notice of Violation was issued 26 January 2001 for violations of the Resort's WDRs including raw wastewater discharges in unsewered areas, a raw wastewater discharge to a drain culvert within the sewered area, and inconsistent submittals of the Discharger's self-monitoring report. The NOV required the Discharger to prepare a technical report by 23 February 2001 to prescribe measures to be taken to comply with the problems identified in the NOV and to provide a milestone schedule to implement these measures. (DJL)

Markley Cove Resort Lake Berryessa, Napa County
An NOV was issued 30 January 2001 for violations of the Resort's WDRs including excessive vegetation growth in the sewage treatment ponds and non-submittal of the Discharger's self-monitoring reports. The NOV required the Discharger to prepare a technical report by 27 February 2001 to prescribe measures to be taken to comply with the problems identified in the NOV and to provide a milestone schedule to implement these measures. (DJL)

Lake Berryessa Marina, Lake Berryessa, Napa County
An NOV was issued 13 February 2001 for violations of the Marina's WDRs including raw wastewater discharges in unsewered areas. The NOV required the Discharger to prepare a technical report by 13 March 2001 to prescribe measures to be taken to comply with the problems identified in the NOV and to provide a milestone schedule to implement these measures. (DJL)

Calpine Corporation, Geysers Power Company, LLC, Lake County
Calpine is engaged in geothermal power production operations within the Central Valley Region on property owned by various landowners. Expanded geothermal development in the Geysers area has led to a steady rate of decline in reservoir steam pressures, resulting in a reduction of power plant operation and electrical power generation. Geothermal operators have found that managed injection of water has improved steam reservoir pressures and power production. To facilitate this process, Calpine has entered into agreement with Lake County Sanitation District (and more recently the City of Santa Rosa) to deliver treated wastewater and make-up water to the Geysers for steamfield injection. In an effort to expand its steamfield production, Regional Board staff has been informed that Calpine is scheduled to drill another well, referred to as NEGU-10, at its existing NEGU-7A well pad. The drill rig is anticipated to remain at the location for 60 days from the commencement of drilling through completion of the well. Sumpless drilling techniques will be utilized resulting in offsite disposal of drilling muds and associated wastewater in an appropriately classified waste management unit. The combined steam flow from the NEGU-7A and NEGU-10 wells will ultimately be delivered to the Unit 17 steam gathering system at the NEGU-15 pad site through a newly constructed pipeline. Calpine's distribution piping system is designed to provide flexibility and reliability necessary to use injection as a reservoir management tool. (SKC)

Dixon Business Park
Dixon Business Park is being developed on the former site of the Monfort/Armour slaughterhouse operations in Dixon, Solano County. The slaughterhouse operations were closed in 1989 with Regional Board oversight; however, groundwater was never investigated. A Phase II real estate investigation conducted in September 2000 for one of the subdivided lots revealed elevated concentrations of nickel. A subsequent investigation revealed that the nickel was of limited extent and the most recent concentrations were below the Primary Maximum Contaminant Level. However, the investigations and a review of the historical case file indicated that this site may be a point source for nitrate and salt groundwater pollution that is known to be elevated in the Dixon Area. The business park developer has indicated a willingness to address the environmental concerns, but is limited on financial resources unless individual lots can be leased or sold. Prospective tenants/owners appear unwilling to complete transactions due to the environmental liability associated with the nitrate and salt issue. Regional Board staff is investigating whether this property may qualify as a Brownsfield's redevelopment site to address the need for ongoing environmental assessment and to provide for the economic development of this part of Dixon. (CKW)

West Sacramento Complaint Investigation
In October 2000, Regional Board staff responded to a complaint regarding the discharge of liquid wastes to a private property in West Sacramento, Yolo County. The investigation was conducted with staff from the hazardous materials section of the Yolo County Environmental Health Department. While at the site, a vacuum truck was observed to discharge a soil/water slurry to a fenced area that had been bermed to control runoff. With further inquiry, it was determined that the soil/water slurry is from the installation of fiber optic conduits in the Natomas area. The private property owner is a subcontractor to the work being conducted and is using the soil/water slurry to build up the grade of the property prior to construction of a house. The water source is from the city supply. The land discharge to the property is considered a low threat and the property owner is implementing Best Management Practices. Therefore, WDRs for the discharge have been considered waived by the Board under Resolution Order No. 82-036. (CKW)

Ringold Creek Complaint
State Board staff requested Regional Board follow-up on a complaint they received of a raw sewage discharge to Ringold Creek in El Dorado County. Residents asserted that El Dorado County did not investigate their concerns. Their perceived lack of action by the county prompted them to call State Board. Residents stated they had observed raw sewage in the creek and septic odors in the area of recent residential construction using on-site disposal. Regional Board staff spoke with the local residents and investigated the areas of the alleged discharge with the person who filed the complaint. No observable water quality issues were identified. However, discussions with residents point to a possible illegal recreational vehicle (RV) dumping incident, which may have occurred. In addition, the creek may be receiving surfacing septic wastewater due to seasonal high groundwater. Regional Board staff will follow up with El Dorado County. (GWL)

Western Aggregates Leaking Disposal Pond
Western Aggregates is an aggregate resource mining operation in the Yuba Gold Fields. Western shares the real property surface rights with Cal Sierra Development's real property precious metal mining rights on the same 10,000 acres within the Yuba Gold Fields. Without a responsibility agreement between the two entities for a combined wastewater pond, Western's WDRs require them to contain its waste within their designated disposal area.

As a result of an inspection, in May 2000 an NOV was issued to Western for its aggregate wash water disposal pond leaking turbid wastewater into Cal Sierra's designated disposal area. Western implemented corrective action, which appeared to solve the violation. Discussions with Western over this issue have been on-going. A recent inspection of the area found Western had constructed 6 feet of additional freeboard to its levee and the levee was leaking turbid wastewater at the toe of the construction. Staff met with Western Aggregates to discuss the most recent inspection and more recent turbid discharges. A letter requesting a solution to this issue will be sent to Western Aggregates. (GWL)

Applegate Wastewater Treatment Plant
Placer County operates the Applegate WWTP for the small community of Applegate. The collection system has 34 connections. In 1972, the community constructed the facility. Recently grant money was used to construct an additional Pond 3. The pond was constructed within foothill sediments on top of an artesian spring in fractured base rock. Since 1996, Applegate has had to discharge wastewater each year to nearby Clipper Creek in violation of WDRs. Each year they chlorinate all effluent pumped to Pond 3 and dechlorinate any residual chlorine when they are forced to discharge to the creek due to increased winter flow from the artesian spring.

Placer County submitted a Report of Waste Discharge (RWD) for an NPDES permit in June 1999. In August 2000, Board staff informed the County that its NPDES application was incomplete. Board staff met with County representatives and informed them that compliance with NPDES requirements does not appear to be an optimum financial solution to solve the discharge problem and that the RWD was still incomplete. Placer County officials were determined to obtain an NPDES permit and have set out to collect more data to support that approach. Recently, the County informed the Board that a discharge to Clipper Creek is eminent. This discharge would be a violation of WDRs. Staff considers the County's proposed action to be inadequate considering the nature and frequency of the violations. An acceptable plan of action to correct the discharge to surface waters has not been provided to the Board. Staff will be meeting with the County during the week of 26 February 2001 in an attempt to resolve discharge and NPDES issues. (GWL)

Upper Sacramento River Monitoring
Regional Board Staff (Robert Holmes) and student assistant (Kelley List) are conducting surface water sampling to measure Nickel and Arsenic concentrations and sources in the upper Sacramento River Watershed above Lake Shasta. This project is a follow up to previously detected aquatic life toxicity in the upper Sacramento River. Toxicity of laboratory test organisms has been linked to elevated ambient nickel concentrations in this watershed. This area is also the source of drinking water for residents in the upper watershed. In addition to testing for nickel, arsenic concentrations are being monitored and the source(s) being determined for compliance with the drinking water standard. (RH)

ACL issued to Sacramento County for Non-Permitted Discharges at the Watt Ave Bridge
On 22 January, the Executive Officer issued a $100,000 ACLC to Sacramento County for storm water permit violations during construction at the Watt Avenue Bridge. Runoff from this construction project flows either directly to the American River or through the existing storm drainage system on La Riviera and American River Drive, which eventually drains to the American River. Specific violations include failure to obtain permit coverage and inadequate use of Best Management Practices resulting in the discharge of soil into the American River. Wastewater with a high pH was also discharged to a temporary pond in the river gravels immediately adjacent to the river. The County has filed for permit coverage and directed their contractor to install Best Management Practices to prevent erosion, and discharge high pH waters to a proper disposal location The County is expected to settle the ACLC without a Board hearing. (LSS)

Gary M. Carlton 
Executive Officer 
2 March 2001

Addenda that follow:

1. Personnel and Administration 
2. Public Outreach 
3. Site Cleanup Activities 
4. Completed Site Cleanups (DOD/SLIC) 
5. Completed Site Cleanups (UST)

Addendum 1


We recently relocated approximately 50 staff to a new satellite office at 8850 Cal Center Drive. This new facility helps reduce the overcrowding at our Routier Road

facility. We will be working with State Board to identify a facility to accommodate all Sacramento staff.

In Fresno - 
Jill Walsh, San Engr Tech

In Redding - 
Heidi Barr, San Engr Tech Trainee 
Mary Randall, Sr. WRC Engr

In Sacramento - 
Cori Condon, Sr Engr Geol 
Betty Yee, Sr. WRCE

New Hires 
In Fresno - 
Warren Gross, Assoc Engr Geol 
Jeff Gymer, San Engr Tech 
Greg Issinghof, Assoc Engr Geol 
Bruce Meyers, Assoc Engr Geol 
Ruben Moreno, Info Syst Tech 
Peter Osmolovsky, Assoc Engr Geol 
Jack Yamauchi, WRC Engr

In Redding - 
Beth Doolittle, San. Engr Tech 
Randolph Judge, Assoc Engr Geol

In Sacramento - 
Edmond Davilla, Assoc Info Syst Analyst 
Lincoln King, WRC Engr 
Scott Kranhold, Env Spec III 
Daniel Leva, WRC Engr 
Devra Lewis, Env Spec II 
Anana Mamidi, WRC Engr 
Christine Palisoc, Env Spec I 
Christy Spector, Env Spec I 
Anastasia Stanish, Env Spec I 
Wendy Stewart, Office Assistant 
Ron Tanaka, Office Assistant 
Brian Taylor, Assoc Engr Geol 
Patricia Vellines, Engr Geol 
Michelle Wood, Env Spec III

Addendum 2


On 29 December, Betty Yee met with representatives of Kings River Conservation District to discuss planning projects, groundwater recharge projects, and the State Board administered grants.

On 3 January and 24 January, Clay Rodgers attended meetings of the Kern County Dairy Technical Advisory Committee (DTAC). The DTAC is nearing the end of it's mission to recommend siting and operation standards for dairies to the Kern County Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors.

On 10 January, James Barton participated in the Rio Vista Army Reserve Center Land Reuse Authority meeting at the City of Rio Vista office in Rio Vista. This is public meeting where the Army informs the public of cleanup issues at the Rio Vista Army Reserve Center site and enlists their comments. The City inquired on the status of the onsite water supply well. Board staff is assessing the potential to use this well for landscape irrigation and fire protection. The Rio Vista Army Reserve Center will be transferred to the City of Rio Vista in 2002. (JLB)

On 17 January, James Barton participated in the Sacramento Army Depot (SADA) Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) meeting at the Max Baer Park in Sacramento. This is a public meeting where the Army informs the public of cleanup issues at SADA and enlists their comments. The RAB elected a new community co-Chair and will begin meeting annually in July 2001. Additional land parcels of the Sacramento Army Depot will be transferred to the City of Sacramento in 2001-2002. (JLB)

On 18 January, Clay Rodgers made a presentation at the workshop in Fresno regarding regulations affecting the application of dairy nutrients to cropland. The workshop was sponsored by Servi-Tech Agronomic Training Division of Blackfoot, Idaho and attended by agronomists working in the San Joaquin Valley.

On 18 January, Kim Schwab participated in a meeting of the Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) with the Department of Toxics Substances Control (DTSC) staff, Navy personnel, consultants to the Navy, and members of the public. It was held at the Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station (NCTS), San Diego Detachment, Stockton. The Phase II, Finding of Suitability to Transfer (FOST) of properties to the Port of Stockton was discussed. (KAB) On 25 January Val Connor and Karen Larsen attended a meeting of the SRWP Toxicity Focus Group. The group discussed development of a strategy to address toxicity of unknown origin in the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers and the Bay-Delta region.

On 22 January, Les Grober, Shakoora Azimi and Emilie Reyes attended the Sacramento River Watershed Program, Agricultural Practice Workgroup meeting to answer the groups' questions regarding the San Joaquin River TMDL development process. Les Grober presented the San Joaquin River TMDL Timeline and tentative schedule for future workshops to discuss the OP pesticide TMDL work products.

On 24 January Val Connor, Lori Webber, Karen Larsen and Michelle McGraw attended a meeting of the Monitoring and Toxics Subcommittees of the Sacramento River Watershed Program (SRWP). The meeting was devoted to a discussion of integrating monitoring efforts from various programs in the Sacramento River watershed. Representatives from state and federal agencies such as CALFED, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the State Water Board attended the meeting.

On 25 January Val Connor and Karen Larsen attended a meeting of the SRWP Toxicity Focus Group. The group discussed development of a strategy to address toxicity of unknown origin in the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers and the Bay-Delta region.

On 26 January Rik Rasmussen attended a meeting of the CALFED Drinking Water Constituents Workgroup. The group discussed the timing of a possible request for proposals for drinking water improvement projects and went over the proposed approval process.

On 26 January, Anthony Toto, Lonnie Wass, and Betty Yee met with representatives from the Korean government to discuss TMDLs and the California/United States water quality regulatory process.

On 29 January, Betty Yee attended the steering committee meeting of the Panoche/Silver Creek CRMP to determine the status of ongoing projects and to provide information on the State Board administered grants.

On 30 January, Betty Yee met with the City Engineer from the City of Orange Cove to discuss flood control projects and the State Board administered grants.

On 30/31 January, Leaking Underground Storage Tank staff conducted its 14th Annual Technical Procedures and Information Exchange for Central Valley Local Implementing Agencies. Speakers included staff from State Board, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, private sector consultants and US EPA. Local Implementing Agency comments about the annual meeting show that Board staff plays a critical role in our County outreach process for the successful implementation of their UST programs.

On 31 January, Betty Yee met with the Central Sierra Watershed Committee and the Yosemite/Sequoia Resource Conservation and Development Area Steering Committee to work on a long-range plan for the watershed within Mariposa County and eastern Madera County; and assess activities within Mariposa County, and eastern Madera, Fresno, and Tulare counties. Betty Yee and Dr. Karl Longley attended the celebration of the newly designated Yosemite/Sequoia Resource Conservation and Development Area.

On 31 January 2001, Dennis Heiman attended a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Cow Cr. Watershed Group.

On 2 February 2001, Dennis Heiman attended a meeting of the Management Committee of the Feather River CRM.

On 2 February, Jill Walsh and Betty Yee met with students from Alta Sierra Intermediate School to discuss monitoring the health of the San Joaquin River as a science project.

On 5 February Karen Larsen attended the meeting of the Communications Strategy Workgroup of the SRWP. The group discussed updating the Communications Strategy Plan document and the status of the public service announcements to be aired on KXTV beginning in February.

On 7 February Lori Webber attended a meeting of the Dry Creek CRMP in Roseville. The group discussed funding, including proposition 13 proposals.

On 7 February 2001, Dennis Heiman attended a meeting of the Goose Lake Watershed Council.

On 7-8 February, staff conducted a poster presentation on the OP Pesticide TMDL for the San Joaquin at the California Plant and Soil Conference. This conference, that was held in Fresno focuses on agronomists, soil scientists and other professional working in California agriculture. Conference attendance was over 150 professionals and was jointly sponsored by the California Plant Health Association.

On 9 February, Matt McCarthy participated in a discussion of selenium load reductions with staff from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and Joe McGahan, Drainage Coordinator for the Grassland Area Farmers. Results of the USBR and Regional Board efforts to calculate selenium load allocations for the Grassland Bypass Project were also discussed. These results will be included in staff comments on the USBR 's Grassland Bypass Project Environmental Impact Report and Regional Board staff's TMDL Report for Selenium in the San Joaquin River.

On 13 February 2001 Dennis Heiman attended a meeting of the Pit River Watershed Alliance.

On 13 February 2001, Guy Chetelat discussed water quality concerns at a meeting of the Cherokee Watershed Group.

On 15 February, Mark Bradley participated with Sacramento County staff in conducting a Construction Storm Water Workshop for their staff. Mark discussed the Regional Board's enforcement options for storm water violations.

On 15 February 2001, Guy Chetelat discussed options for sorting or characterizing dredge tailings at a meeting of the lower Clear Creek technical Advisory group.

On 21 February 2001, Dennis Heiman participated in interviewing candidates for the Watershed Coordinator position for the Feather River CRM (working for Plumas Corporation).

On 21 February Lori Webber attended a meeting of the Monitoring Subcommittee of the Sacramento River Watershed Program. The group discussed comments on the 1999-2000 Monitoring Report and funding for the next year's activities.

On 21 February Lori Webber attended a meeting in Placer County to discuss water quality monitoring efforts in that county. Representatives from county agencies, citizen groups as well as NPDES permitted facilities were present at the meeting.

On 21 February, Karen Larsen attended the SRWP Public Outreach and Education Subcommittee meeting. The group discussed priorities for the Phase VII budget allocation and got updates on the various programs the group oversees including the Resource Center, the progress of the Education Mini-grant recipients, and the Communications Strategy.

On 21 February, Rik Rasmussen and Lori Webber attended a project team meeting with the City of Roseville and their consultants to finalize and schedule and work plan for a Basin Plan amendment for turbidity and pH.

On 22 February, Kelly Briggs attended a meeting of the Agricultural Practices Workgroup meeting (a working group of the OP Pesticide Focus Group). Participants developed a list of research priorities relative to alternative practices and mitigation practices to address OP pesticide runoff from orchard dormant sprays in the Sacramento and Feather River watersheds.

On 22 February 2001, Dennis Heiman assisted Tehama County RCD in screening applicants for the Watershed Coordinator position with the RCD.

On 23 February 2001, Dennis Heiman attended a meeting of the Fall River RCD Technical Advisory Committee and attended a meeting of the Cottonwood Cr. Watershed Group. monthly stakeholder meeting

On 27 February Val Connor, Kelly Briggs, Michelle McGraw, and Robert Holmes participated in the monthly OP Pesticide Focus Group meeting. The meeting focused on developing a management strategy for diazinon in the Sacramento and Feather Rivers.

On 1 March, Mark Bradley assisted with the Cal/EPA Basic Inspector Training. This training course is intended for all inspection staff for all Cal/EPA Boards, Departments and Agencies, and will be repeated. Mark's presentation included the State and Regional Board's enforcement options.

On 14 March Val Connor, Kelly Briggs and Michelle McGraw participated in the OP Pesticide Focus Group meeting. Elements of the management strategy for diazinon were discussed and refined.

Addendum 3


Union Pacific Railroad Company, Norden Snowshed, Nevada County
On 26 February 1997, a rupture in a fuel pipeline caused a 17,400-gallon diesel spill while fuel was being unloaded from a tank car into a fuel storage and distribution system. Union Pacific Railroad Company (UPRR) conducted emergency response activities followed by removal of contaminated soil and railroad ballast. By August 1997, UPRR had recovered approximately 93 percent of the release. Since February 1998, UPRR has operated a groundwater collection and treatment system and conducted quarterly monitoring of groundwater and monthly monitoring of the treatment system influent and effluent. Monitoring wells in the source area have contained sporadic detections of weathered hydrocarbons, which are not representative of the 1997 diesel spill and probably reflect years of use of the site as a fuel storage and transfer station. The downgradient monitoring wells have never contained pollutants. Staff sent a "no further action" letter on 18 January 2001. (ST)

Addendum 4


Vacaville Fire Protection District Station No. 2, Elmira, Solano County
Underground storage tanks were removed in the late 1980s, and grab groundwater samples taken during the subsequent investigation. Chromatographs of these samples show the presence of toluene. In the late1990s four quarters of groundwater sampling of the Fire Station onsite monitoring well showed the presence of MTBE, which was not present on the earlier chromatographs. In 1996, Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (KMEP) confirmed a leak from its underground petroleum pipeline a block away from the Fire Station, with a resulting plume of petroleum and methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) covering several square blocks. Based on the historic data Board staff determined that KMEP is the responsible party for all MTBE present in the groundwater beneath or adjacent to the Elmira Fire Station and sent the fire station a "no further action" letter. KMEP continues to work with Board staff to implement a Remedial Action Plan to clean up its petroleum release. (MES)

McClellan Air Force Base, Sacramento
The following UST sites at McClellan Air Force Base were determined to be suitable for no further action during the month of November 2000: 252A, 252D, 4708, 1439, 252F, 870, 929, 1092, 251, 900E, BW 11-1, and BW 11-2. All site characterization information and sampling data for the appropriate constituents, including MTBE, were reviewed for protection of water quality. All of the above referenced tanks have been removed. The data for these sites support a determination that no further action is necessary. (JDT)

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