Basin Planning - Hodson/Littlejohns Fault Zone

The State Water Board approved two separate, but related, actions at the 20 January 2015 Board hearing to provide a groundwater regulatory framework and a policy for implementation towards closure of the Royal Mountain King Mine Site, a former open-pit gold mine in Calaveras County. The actions were: 1) adoption of a new, site-specific exception to the Sources of Drinking Water Policy ("Policy Revision"); and 2) approval of an amendment to the Water Quality Control Plan for the Sacramento River and San Joaquin River Basins ("Basin Plan Amendment"). On 19 May 2015 the Office of Administrative Law approved the Policy Revision and the Basin Plan Amendment.

Available Documents

Policy Revision for Groundwater at the Royal Mountain King Mine Site [documents related to this action are available at Revision to the Sources of Drinking Water Policy.]

Basin Plan Amendment for the Royal Mountain King Mine Site

Public Review Comments (Comment deadline by 5 November 2014)

Staff received three written comment letters by the 5 November 2014 comment deadline in response to the Notice of Opportunity to Comment on the Royal Mountain King Mine Basin Plan Amendment and to the Notice of Opportunity to Comment on the proposed revisions to the Sources of Drinking Water Policy. One letter, from a member of the general public, and two letters, both written on behalf of Meridian Beartrack Company, are supportive of the proposed Basin Plan Amendment and the revised Sources of Drinking Water Policy. The comment letters are available below.

Royal Mountain King Mine Notice of Opportunity to Comment on the Basin Plan Amendment

Approved by Central Valley Water Board on 28 March 2014

Public Hearing

Peer Review

Public Scoping Meetings

  • Second Meeting Summary
    Summary of 20 August 2011 Public Consultation Meeting.
  • Second Meeting Presentation
    Presentation provided at the 20 August 2011 Public Consultation Meeting.
  • Notice of Second Public Meeting
    A public meeting will be held on 20 August 2011 at the Copperopolis Fire Dept, Station One to provide an overview of the environmental conditions, to explain the Central Valley Water Board’s Basin Plan amendment process, and to answer questions and receive comments from attendees.
  • First Meeting Summary
    Summary of 23 June 2011 Scoping/Early Consultation Meeting
  • First Meeting Presentation
    Presentation provided at the 23 June 2011 Scoping/Early Consultation Meeting.
  • Informational Document
    This informational document is intended to elicit discussion and comments regarding the de-designation of beneficial uses in portions of lower Salt Spring Valley. It is intended to help fulfill the Board’s obligation to seek early public consultation and written comments in connection with Basin Planning actions.
  • Notice of First Public Scoping/Early Consultation Meeting
    A public scoping/early consultation meeting was held on 23 June 2011 at the Stockton State Office Building to provide an overview of the environmental conditions in the project area and to provide the public an opportunity to comment on possible regulatory options.

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