Final California 2018 Integrated Report (303(d) List/305(b) Report)

Supporting Information

Regional Board 7 - Colorado River Basin Region

Water Body Name: Salton Sea
Water Body ID: CAS7280000019990205133504
Water Body Type: Saline Lake
 
DECISION ID
78466
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
Pollutant: Ammonia
Final Listing Decision: Do Not Delist from 303(d) list (TMDL required list)
Last Listing Cycle's Final Listing Decision: List on 303(d) list (TMDL required list)(2016)
Revision Status Revised
Sources: Source Unknown
Expected TMDL Completion Date: 2030
Impairment from Pollutant or Pollution: Pollutant
 
Regional Board Conclusion: This pollutant is being considered for removal from the CWA section 303(d) List under section 4.1 of the Listing Policy. Under this section a single line of evidence is necessary to assess listing status.

Three lines of evidence are available in the administrative record to assess this pollutant.

Three of 23 water samples exceeded the USEPA Temperature and pH-Dependent values of the chronic criterion.

Based on the readily available data and information, the weight of evidence indicates that there is sufficient justification against removing this water segment-pollutant combination from the CWA section 303(d) List.

This conclusion is based on the staff findings that:
1. The data used satisfies the data quality requirements of section 6.1.4 of the Policy.
2. The data used satisfies the data quantity requirements of section 6.1.5 of the Policy.
3. Three of 23 water samples exceeded the USEPA Temperature and pH-Dependent values of the chronic criterion.

This does not meet the delisting requirements of Table 4.2 of the Listing Policy.

This pollutant is a possible cause or contributor to toxicity.

4. Pursuant to section 4.11 of the Listing Policy, no additional data and information are available indicating that standards are met.
 
Regional Board Decision Recommendation: After review of the available data and information, RWQCB staff concludes that the water body-pollutant combination should not be removed from the section 303(d) list because applicable water quality standards for the pollutant are being exceeded.
 
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 78466, Ammonia
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 34587
 
Pollutant: Nitrogen, ammonia (Total Ammonia)
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 20
Number of Exceedances: 3
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: 3 of the 20 samples exceed the water USEPA Temperature and pH-Dependent values of the CCC (Chronic Criterion) for Fish Early Life Stages Present for ammonia. 3 of the 20 data samples are reported as Non-Detect (ND). These 3 ND values are less than or equal to the water quality standard, the value will be considered as meeting the water quality standard, objective, criterion, or evaluation guideline.
Data Reference: RWB7 Trend Monitoring CY2005 CY2006 CY2007 CY2008
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: Water Quality Control Plan, Colorado River Basin Region (RWQCB 2006): All waters shall be maintained free of toxic substances in concentrations that are toxic to, or that produce detrimental physiological responses in human, plant, animal, or aquatic life. There is no water quality objective for ammonia in the Water Quality Control Plan, Colorado River Basin. Instead, the USEPA criteria for ammonia was used as Temperature and pH-Dependent Values of the CCC (Chronic Criterion)for Fish Early Life Stages Present.
Objective/Criterion Reference: 1999 Update of Ambient Water Quality Criteria for Ammonia
 
Evaluation Guideline:
Guideline Reference:
 
Spatial Representation: Samples collected at 728SSDNW2 [Salton Sea Drain NW2 (Torrez Martinez 2)], 728SSGS02 (Salton Sea USGS2), 728SSGS07 (Salton Sea USGS7), and 728SSGS09 (Salton Sea USGS9).
Temporal Representation: Samples collected between 10/26/2005 and 10/29/2008.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: SWAMP QAPP (2008) was followed.
QAPP Information Reference(s): Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program Quality Assurance Program Plan
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 78466, Ammonia
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 125405
 
Pollutant: Toxicity
LOE Subgroup: Toxicity
Matrix: Water
Fraction: None
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 3
Number of Exceedances: 3
 
Data and Information Type: TOXICITY TESTING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: 3 of the 3 samples collected by SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring for Salton Sea exhibited toxicity. A sample may have multiple toxicity test results, but will only be counted once. A sample is defined as being collected on the same day, at the same location with the same lab sample ID (if provided). The following organisms and parameters were utilized for the toxicity tests: Atherinops affinis, for Survival, Atherinops affinis, for Biomass (wt/orig indiv)
Data Reference: Water Quality Assessment Data for the 2018 solicitation cycle submitted through CEDEN for SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: All waters shall be maintained free of toxic substances in concentrations that are toxic to, or that produce detrimental physiological responses in, human, plant, animal, or aquatic life. (Colorado River Basin Plan)
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin Region (Includes amendments effective on or before January 8, 2019)
 
Evaluation Guideline:
Guideline Reference:
 
Spatial Representation: The samples were collected at 3 stations. Monitoring site(s): ( 728SSGS02, 728SSGS07, 728SSGS09 )
Temporal Representation: The samples were collected between the dates of 2011-05-11 and 2011-05-11.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program  
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 78466, Ammonia
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 128551
 
Pollutant: Nitrogen, ammonia (Total Ammonia)
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 3
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and results are as follows: 0 of 3 samples exceeded the water quality standard for Ammonia as N.
Data Reference: Water Quality Assessment Data for the 2018 solicitation cycle submitted through CEDEN for SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: The Total Ammonia criterion continuous concentration (expressed as a 30-day average) to protect aquatic life in freshwater is Temperature and pH dependent, and was calculated according to the formula listed in the Aquatic Life Ambient Water Quality Criteria for Ammonia - Freshwater 2013 document.
Objective/Criterion Reference: Aquatic Life Ambient Water Quality Criteria for Ammonia - Freshwater 2013
 
Evaluation Guideline:
Guideline Reference:
 
Spatial Representation: The samples were collected at 3 monitoring site(s) (728SSGS02, 728SSGS07, 728SSGS09)
Temporal Representation: The samples were collected between the dates of 2011-05-11 and 2011-05-11
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program  
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program
 
 
DECISION ID
71387
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
Pollutant: Arsenic
Final Listing Decision: Do Not Delist from 303(d) list (TMDL required list)
Last Listing Cycle's Final Listing Decision: Do Not Delist from 303(d) list (TMDL required list)(2016)
Revision Status Revised
Sources: Source Unknown
Expected TMDL Completion Date: 2030
Impairment from Pollutant or Pollution: Pollutant
 
Regional Board Conclusion: This pollutant is being considered for removal from the section 303(d) list under section 4.1, 4.5 and 4.6 of the Listing Policy. Under the sections a single line of evidence is necessary to assess listing status.

Eight lines of evidence are available in the administrative record to assess pollutant.

Five of nine tissue samples exceed the water quality objective.

Based on the readily available data and information, the weight of evidence indicates that there is sufficient justification against removing this water segment-pollutant combination from the section 303(d) list.

This conclusion is based on the staff findings that:
1. The data used satisfies the data quality requirements of section 6.1.4 of the Policy.
2. The data used satisfies the data quantity requirements of section 6.1.5 of the Policy.
3. Five of nine fish tissue samples exceeded the OEHHA fish contaminant goal and this exceeds the allowable frequency listed in Table 4.1 of the Listing Policy.
4. Pursuant to section 4.11 of the Listing Policy, no additional data and information are available indicating that standards are met.
 
Regional Board Decision Recommendation: After review of the available data and information, RWQCB staff concludes that the water body-pollutant combination should not be removed from the section 303(d) list because applicable water quality standards for the pollutant are being exceeded.
 
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 71387, Arsenic
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 5109
 
Pollutant: Arsenic | Benzo(a)anthracene | Cadmium | Chromium (total) | Chrysene (C1-C4) | Copper | Dieldrin | Endrin | Fluoranthene | Fluorene | Lead | Lindane/gamma Hexachlorocyclohexane (gamma-HCH) | Mercury | Naphthalene | Nickel | PCBs (Polychlorinated biphenyls) | Phenanthrene | Pyrene
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Sediment
Matrix: Sediment
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 36
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: Fixed station physical/chemical (conventional plus toxic pollutants)
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Thirty-six sediment quality samples were collected and analyzed biannually from 5/2002 through 5/2005 at eight locations in the Salton Sea. Of these total samples, none exceeded the PEC (SWAMP, 2007).
Data Reference: Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) Data for organic and inorganic constituents in water and sediment samples collected from water bodies located in the Colorado River Basin-Region 7. May 2002-May 2005.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: Basin Plan: No individual chemical or combination of chemicals shall be present in concentrations that adversely affect beneficial uses. There shall be no increase in hazardous chemical concentrations found in bottom sediments or aquatic life (CRBRWQCB, 2006).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: Consensus Based Sediment Quality Guideline Probable Effects Concentrations (PECs) for the protection of freshwater organisms to toxic effects were used for the following constituents: 33 mg/kg Arsenic, 1050 ug/kg Benz[a]anthrazene, 4.98 mg/kg Cadmium, 111 mg/kg Chromium, 1290 ug/kg Chrysene, 149 mg/kg Copper, 61.8 ug/g Dieldrin, 207 ug/kg Endrin, 2230 ug/kg Fluoranthene, 536 ug/kg Fluorene, 128 mg/kg Lead, 4.99 ug/kg Lindane/Hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH), 1.06 mg/kg Mercury, 561 ug/kg Naphthalene, 48.6 mg/kg Nickel, 676 ug/kg PCBs (Polychlorinated biphenyls), 1170 ug/kg Phenanthrene , 1520 ug/kg Pyrene (Macdonald et al, 2000).
Guideline Reference: Development and evaluation of consensus-based sediment quality guidelines for freshwater ecosystems. Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 39: 20-31
 
Spatial Representation: Samples were collected from the following Salton Sea location: Salton Sea Drain NW1, Salton Sea Drain NW2, Salton Sea GS2, Salton Sea GS3, Salton Sea GS5, Salton Sea GS7, Salton Sea GS9, Salton Sea GS10.
Temporal Representation: Thirty-six sediment samples were collected. Sediment samples were generally collected and analyzed biannually, in May and October, from 5/2002 through 5/2005 from the Salton Sa NW2, GS2, GS7, and GS9 locations. The rest of the locations were sampled in May and October 2002. Samples were not collected from each location every sampling round.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: The sampling and analysis portions of this study were conducted in accordance with the SWAMP Quality Assurance Management Plan (QAMP) (Puckett, 2002).
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Management Plan for the State of California's Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program. Sacramento, CA. State Water Resources Control Board. SWAMP. December 2002 (1st version)
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 71387, Arsenic
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 5099
 
Pollutant: Arsenic | Copper
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Dissolved
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 36
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: Fixed station physical/chemical (conventional plus toxic pollutants)
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Thirty-six water quality samples were collected and analyzed biannually from 5/2002 through 5/2005 at eight locations in the Salton Sea. Of these total samples, none exceeded the USFWS Biological Effects Criteria (SWAMP, 2007).
Data Reference: Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) Data for organic and inorganic constituents in water and sediment samples collected from water bodies located in the Colorado River Basin-Region 7. May 2002-May 2005.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: Basin Plan: No individual chemical or combination of chemicals shall be present in concentrations that adversely affect beneficial uses. There shall be no increase in hazardous chemical concentrations found in bottom sediments or aquatic life (CRBRWQCB, 2006).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Biological Effects Criteria for the protection of aquatic life uses were used for the following constituents: 0.25 mg/l Arsenic, and 15 mg/l Copper (USDOI, 1998).
Guideline Reference: Guidelines for Interpretation of the Biological Effect of Selected Constituents in Biota, Water, and Sediment. US Department of Interior report.
 
Spatial Representation: Samples were collected from the following Salton Sea location: Salton Sea Drain NW1, Salton Sea Drain NW2, Salton Sea GS2, Salton Sea GS3, Salton Sea GS5, Salton Sea GS7, Salton Sea GS9, Salton Sea GS10.
Temporal Representation: Thirty-six water samples were collected. Water samples were generally collected and analyzed biannually, in May and October, from 5/2002 through 5/2005 from the Salton Sa NW2, GS2, GS7, and GS9 locations. The rest of the locations were sampled in May and October 2002. Samples were not collected from each location every sampling round.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: The sampling and analysis portions of this study were conducted in accordance with the SWAMP Quality Assurance Management Plan (QAMP) (Puckett, 2002).
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Management Plan for the State of California's Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program. Sacramento, CA. State Water Resources Control Board. SWAMP. December 2002 (1st version)
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 71387, Arsenic
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 5429
 
Pollutant: Arsenic
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Tissue
Matrix: Tissue
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Commercial or recreational collection of fish, shellfish, or organisms
 
Number of Samples: 9
Number of Exceedances: 5
 
Data and Information Type: Fish tissue analysis
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Thirty-five fish fillet samples were taken at 3 locations in the sea. Twenty-six fish fillet sample results could not be used in this assessment because the sample were not analyzed for the analyte. The 9 fish fillet samples that were acceptable were generally collected from 8/1985 through 11/2000 at two locations. Of these total samples, 5 fillet samples collected at 2 locations exceeded the OEHHA Screening Value. At the South location exceedences were found in 1 bairdiella fillet composite sample collected on 11/09/2000, and 3 tilapia fillet composite samples collected on 11/11/1998, and (2)11/09/2000. At the North location an exceedence was found in 1 tilapia fillet composite sample collected on 11/10/1998 (TSMP, 2007).
Data Reference: Toxic Substances Monitoring Program (TSMP) Data for organic and inorganic chemicals in fish and sediment samples collected from water bodies located in the Colorado River Basin-Region 7. 1978-2000. State Water Resources Control Board. Sacramento, CA.
 
SWAMP Data: Non-SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: Basin Plan: No individual chemical or combination of chemicals shall be present in concentrations that adversely affect beneficial uses. There shall be no increase in hazardous chemical concentrations found in bottom sediments or aquatic life (CRBRWQCB, 2006).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) Screening Value of 1 mg/kg to protect human health when consuming fish (OEHHA, 1999).
Guideline Reference: Prevalence of Selected Target Chemical Contaminants in Sport Fish From Two California Lakes: Public health designed screening study. Sacramento, CA: Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment
 
Spatial Representation: Samples were collected from the following Salton Sea locations: from the North end, the South end and the West Side.
Temporal Representation: Fish tissue samples were generally collected from 6/1984 through 11/2000. Fish tissue samples were not collected from each location every sampling round. Thirty five fish fillet samples of bairdiella, orangemouth corvina, redbelly tilapia, tilapia, and sargo were collected.Five bairdiella fillet composite samples were collected in the years 1985, 1987, (2)1989, and 2000. Ten orangemouth corvina fillet composite samples were collected in the years 1984-87, (4)1991, 1997, and 1999. Six orangemouth corvine single fish fillet samples were collected in the year (6)1986. Two redbelly tilapia fillet composite samples were collected in year (2)1995. Nine tilapia fillet composite samples were collected in the years 1985,1987, (2)1996, 1997, (2)1998, and (2)2000. Three sargo fillet composite samples were collected in the years 1985, 1987, and 1991. The exceedences were found in samples collected from 11/10/1998 through 11/09/2000.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: The field procedures are described in TSMP Data Reports and associated Appendices. CDFG's Laboratory applies a Quality Assurance Program Plan procedures for laboratory Quality Assurance and Quality Control, as described in Rasmussen (1993).
QAPP Information Reference(s): Toxic Substances Monitoring Program 1991 Data Report. 93-1WQ. State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), Division of Water Quality. Sacramento, CA.
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 71387, Arsenic
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 5286
 
Pollutant: Arsenic
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Sediment
Matrix: Sediment
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 12
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: Other Agencies/Organizations provided monitoring data
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Twelve sediment quality samples were taken at 10 locations in the Salton Sea, collected between 7/1998 and 10/2001. Out of these total samples, none exceeded the PEC Criteria (USGS, 2007).
Data Reference: Data for organic and inorganic chemicals in water and sediment samples collected from waterbodies located in the Colorado River Basin-Region 7, collected and reported on the National Water Information System (NWIS) Water Quality database. 1961-2005.
 
SWAMP Data: Non-SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: Basin Plan: No individual chemical or combination of chemicals shall be present in concentrations that adversely affect beneficial uses. There shall be no increase in hazardous chemical concentrations found in bottom sediments or aquatic life (CRBRWQCB, 2006).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: Consensus Based Sediment Quality Guideline Probable Effects Concentration (PEC) Criteria 33 mg/kg for the protection of aquatic life uses (MacDonald et al, 2000).
Guideline Reference: Development and evaluation of consensus-based sediment quality guidelines for freshwater ecosystems. Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 39: 20-31
 
Spatial Representation: Samples were collected at the following Salton Sea locations: USGS Station No. 333006116031501 near the mouth of the Coachella Valley Storm Water Channel, USGS Station No. 332958116023501 in the Coachella Valley Storm Water Channel Delta, USGS Station No. 332908116011501 between North Basin and Coachella Valley Storm Water Channel, USGS Station No. 332637115512001 in Salt Creek Delta, USGS Station No. 331400115450001 near center of South Basin, USGS Station No. 331215115410001 between South Basin and New and Alamo River Deltas, USGS Station No. 330835115434501 in New River Delta, USGS Station No. 331023115473701 in San Felipe Creek Delta, USGS Station No. 330803115414001 near the mouth of New River, and USGS Station No. 331242115371401 near the mouth of Alamo River.
Temporal Representation: Twelve samples were collected. Samples were generally collected from 7/1998 through 10/2001. Seven samples were in 1998, 1 sample was collected in 1999, no samples were collected in 2000, and 5 samples were collected in 2001.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Assume samplers used standard USGS methods for sample collection (Wilde, variously dated). Assume analysts used standard analytical methods and quality assurance as described in (USGS, 2007).
QAPP Information Reference(s): Data for organic and inorganic chemicals in water and sediment samples collected from waterbodies located in the Colorado River Basin-Region 7, collected and reported on the National Water Information System (NWIS) Water Quality database. 1961-2005.
  Field measurements: U.S. Geological Survey Techniques of Water-Resources Investigations, book 9, chap. A6. In United States Geological Survey (USGS). Variously dated. National field manual for the collection of water-quality data: U.S. Geological Survey Techniques of Water-Resources Investigations, book 9, chaps. A1-A9, available online at http://pubs.water.usgs.gov/twri9A.
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 71387, Arsenic
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 125596
 
Pollutant: Arsenic
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Sediment
Matrix: Sediment
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 3
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and the results are as follows: 0 of the 3 samples exceeded the evaluation guideline for Arsenic .
Data Reference: Water Quality Assessment Data for the 2018 solicitation cycle submitted through CEDEN for SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: All waters shall be maintained free of toxic substances in concentrations which are toxic to, or which produce detrimental physiological responses in, human, plant, animal, or aquatic life. There shall be no increase in hazardous chemical concentrations found in bottom sediments or aquatic life. (Water Quality Control Plan, Colorado River Basin)
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin Region (Includes amendments effective on or before January 8, 2019)
 
Evaluation Guideline: The evaluation guideline for Arsenic from MacDonald et al., 2000a which states that the probable effect concentration for Arsenic is 33 mg/kg. (dw = Dry Weight)
Guideline Reference: Development and evaluation of consensus-based sediment quality guidelines for freshwater ecosystems. Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 39: 20-31
 
Spatial Representation: Data were collected from 3 (Station Codes: 728SSGS02, 728SSGS07, 728SSGS09).
Temporal Representation: Data for this waterbody were collected over the date range 2011-05-11 to 2011-05-11
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program  
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 71387, Arsenic
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 35219
 
Pollutant: Arsenic
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Sediment
Matrix: Sediment
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 17
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and results are as follows: 0 of 17 samples exceed the criterion for Arsenic.
Data Reference: RWB7 Trend Monitoring CY2005 CY2006 CY2007 CY2008
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: All waters shall be maintained free of toxic substances in concentrations which are toxic to, or which produce detrimental physiological responses in, human, plant, animal, or aquatic life (Water Quality Control Plan, Colorado River Basin).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: In freshwater sediments the probable effect concentration (predictive of sediment toxicity) for arsenic is 33 mg/Kg dry weight (MacDonald et al. 2000).
Guideline Reference: Development and evaluation of consensus-based sediment quality guidelines for freshwater ecosystems. Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 39: 20-31
 
Spatial Representation: Data for this line of evidence for Salton Sea was collected at 4 monitoring sites [ Salton Sea USGS2, Salton Sea USGS7, Salton Sea USGS9, Salton Sea Drain NW2 (Torrez Martinez 2)]
Temporal Representation: Data was collected over the time period 10/26/2005-4/22/2008.
Environmental Conditions: Staff is not aware of any special conditions that might affect interpretation of the data.
QAPP Information: The SWAMP QAPP (2008) was followed.
QAPP Information Reference(s): Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program Quality Assurance Program Plan
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 71387, Arsenic
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 35243
 
Pollutant: Arsenic
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Dissolved
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 20
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and results are as follows: 0 of 20 samples exceed the criterion for Arsenic.
Data Reference: RWB7 Trend Monitoring CY2005 CY2006 CY2007 CY2008
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: The dissolved arsenic criterion continuous concentration (expressed as a 4-day average) to protect aquatic life in freshwater for dissolved arsenic is 0.150 mg/L (California Toxics Rule, 2000).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Code of Federal Regulations 40 part 131.38 Establishment of numeric criteria for priority toxic pollutants for the State of California. 7/1/2011 Edition
 
Evaluation Guideline:
Guideline Reference:
 
Spatial Representation: Data for this line of evidence for Salton Sea was collected at 4 monitoring sites [ Salton Sea USGS2, Salton Sea USGS7, Salton Sea USGS9, Salton Sea Drain NW2 (Torrez Martinez 2)]
Temporal Representation: Data was collected over the time period 10/26/2005-10/29/2008.
Environmental Conditions: Staff is not aware of any special conditions that might affect interpretation of the data.
QAPP Information: The SWAMP QAPP (2008) was followed.
QAPP Information Reference(s): Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program Quality Assurance Program Plan
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 71387, Arsenic
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 5075
 
Pollutant: Arsenic
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Dissolved
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 36
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: Fixed station physical/chemical (conventional plus toxic pollutants)
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Thirty-six water quality samples were collected and analyzed biannually from 5/2002 through 5/2005 at eight locations in the Salton Sea. Of these total samples, none exceeded the CTR Criteria (SWAMP, 2007).
Data Reference: Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) Data for organic and inorganic constituents in water and sediment samples collected from water bodies located in the Colorado River Basin-Region 7. May 2002-May 2005.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: California Toxics Rule (CTR) Criterion Maximum Concentration (CMC) of 340 ug/l for the protection of freshwater aquatic life uses (USEPA, 2000).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Standards 2000. Establishment of numeric criteria for priority toxic pollutants for the State of California: Rules and regulations. Federal Register Vol. 65, No. 97. Washington, D.C.: Environmental Protection Agency
 
Evaluation Guideline:
Guideline Reference:
 
Spatial Representation: Samples were collected from the following Salton Sea location: Salton Sea Drain NW1, Salton Sea Drain NW2, Salton Sea GS2, Salton Sea GS3, Salton Sea GS5, Salton Sea GS7, Salton Sea GS9, and Salton Sea GS10.
Temporal Representation: Thirty-six water samples were collected. Water samples were generally collected and analyzed biannually, in May and October, from 5/2002 through 5/2005 from the Salton Sa NW2, GS2, GS7, and GS9 locations. The rest of the locations were sampled in May and October 2002. Samples were not collected from each location every sampling round.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: The sampling and analysis portions of this study were conducted in accordance with the SWAMP Quality Assurance Management Plan (QAMP) (Puckett, 2002).
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Management Plan for the State of California's Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program. Sacramento, CA. State Water Resources Control Board. SWAMP. December 2002 (1st version)
 
 
DECISION ID
78362
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
Pollutant: Chloride
Final Listing Decision: Do Not Delist from 303(d) list (TMDL required list)
Last Listing Cycle's Final Listing Decision: List on 303(d) list (TMDL required list)(2016)
Revision Status Revised
Sources: Source Unknown
Expected TMDL Completion Date: 2030
Impairment from Pollutant or Pollution: Pollutant
 
Regional Board Conclusion: This pollutant is being considered for removal from the CWA section 303(d) List under section 4.1 of the Listing Policy. Under this section a single line of evidence is necessary to assess listing status.

Three lines of evidence are available in the administrative record to assess this pollutant.

Three of three samples exceed the water quality objective for the dissolved fraction of water.

Twenty of 20 the samples exceed the water quality objective for the total fraction of water.

Based on the readily available data and information, the weight of evidence indicates that there is sufficient justification against removing this water segment-pollutant combination from the CWA section 303(d) List.

This conclusion is based on the staff findings that:
1. The data used satisfies the data quality requirements of section 6.1.4 of the Policy.
2. The data used satisfies the data quantity requirements of section 6.1.5 of the Policy.
3. Three of three samples exceed the water quality objective for the dissolved fraction of water.

Twenty of 20 the samples exceed the water quality objective for the total fraction of water.

This does not meet the delisting requirements of Table 4.2 of the Listing Policy.

This pollutant is a possible cause or contributor to toxicity.

4. Pursuant to section 4.11 of the Listing Policy, no additional data and information are available indicating that standards are met.
 
Regional Board Decision Recommendation: After review of the available data and information, RWQCB staff concludes that the water body-pollutant combination should not be removed from the section 303(d) list because applicable water quality standards for the pollutant are being exceeded.
 
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 78362, Chloride
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 33108
 
Pollutant: Chloride
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 20
Number of Exceedances: 20
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: 20 of the 20 samples exceeded the criteria of 230 mg/L.
Data Reference: RWB7 Trend Monitoring CY2005 CY2006 CY2007 CY2008
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: The Chloride criterion continuous concentration (expressed as a 4-day average) to protect aquatic life in freshwater is 230000 ug/L (230 mg/L)(USEPA National Recommended Water Quality Criteria, 2006).
Objective/Criterion Reference: National Recommended Water Quality Criteria. United States Environmental Protection Agency. Office of Water. Office of Science and Technology
 
Evaluation Guideline:
Guideline Reference:
 
Spatial Representation: Samples were collected at stations 728SSDNW2 (Salton Sea Drain NW2 (Torrez Martinez 2)), 728SSGS02 (Salton Sea USGS2), 728SSGS07 (Salton Sea USGS7), and 728SSGS09 (Salton Sea USGS9).
Temporal Representation: Samples were collected on 10/26/2005, 5/3/2006, 5/9/2007, 10/24/2007, 4/22/2008, and 10/29/2008.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: SWAMP QAPP (2008).
QAPP Information Reference(s): Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program Quality Assurance Program Plan
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 78362, Chloride
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 127547
 
Pollutant: Chloride
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Dissolved
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 3
Number of Exceedances: 3
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and results are as follows: 3 of 3 samples exceeded the water quality standard for Chloride.
Data Reference: Water Quality Assessment Data for the 2018 solicitation cycle submitted through CEDEN for SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: The Chloride criterion continuous concentration (expressed as a 4-day average) to protect aquatic life in freshwater is 230000 ug/L (230 mg/L)(USEPA National Recommended Water Quality Criteria, 2006).
Objective/Criterion Reference: National Recommended Water Quality Criteria. United States Environmental Protection Agency. Office of Water. Office of Science and Technology
 
Evaluation Guideline:
Guideline Reference:
 
Spatial Representation: The samples were collected at 3 monitoring site(s) (728SSGS02, 728SSGS07, 728SSGS09)
Temporal Representation: The samples were collected between the dates of 2011-05-11 and 2011-05-11
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program  
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 78362, Chloride
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 125405
 
Pollutant: Toxicity
LOE Subgroup: Toxicity
Matrix: Water
Fraction: None
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 3
Number of Exceedances: 3
 
Data and Information Type: TOXICITY TESTING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: 3 of the 3 samples collected by SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring for Salton Sea exhibited toxicity. A sample may have multiple toxicity test results, but will only be counted once. A sample is defined as being collected on the same day, at the same location with the same lab sample ID (if provided). The following organisms and parameters were utilized for the toxicity tests: Atherinops affinis, for Survival, Atherinops affinis, for Biomass (wt/orig indiv)
Data Reference: Water Quality Assessment Data for the 2018 solicitation cycle submitted through CEDEN for SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: All waters shall be maintained free of toxic substances in concentrations that are toxic to, or that produce detrimental physiological responses in, human, plant, animal, or aquatic life. (Colorado River Basin Plan)
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin Region (Includes amendments effective on or before January 8, 2019)
 
Evaluation Guideline:
Guideline Reference:
 
Spatial Representation: The samples were collected at 3 stations. Monitoring site(s): ( 728SSGS02, 728SSGS07, 728SSGS09 )
Temporal Representation: The samples were collected between the dates of 2011-05-11 and 2011-05-11.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program  
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program
 
 
DECISION ID
71889
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
Pollutant: Chlorpyrifos
Final Listing Decision: Do Not Delist from 303(d) list (TMDL required list)
Last Listing Cycle's Final Listing Decision: Do Not Delist from 303(d) list (TMDL required list)(2016)
Revision Status Revised
Sources: Source Unknown
Expected TMDL Completion Date: 2030
Impairment from Pollutant or Pollution: Pollutant
 
Regional Board Conclusion: This pollutant is being considered for removal from the section 303(d) list under section 4.1, 4.5 and 4.6 of the Listing Policy. Under sections 4.1 and 4.5 a single line of evidence is necessary to assess listing status.

Seven lines of evidence are available in the administrative record to assess pollutant.

Fifteen water samples exceeded the water quality objective.

Based on the readily available data and information, the weight of evidence indicates that there is sufficient justification against removing this water segment-pollutant combination from the section 303(d) list.

This conclusion is based on the staff findings that:
1. The data used satisfies the data quality requirements of section 6.1.4 of the Policy.
2. The data used satisfies the data quantity requirements of section 6.1.5 of the Policy.
3. Fifteen of 22 water samples exceeded the CA Department of Fish and Game (CDFG) Hazardous Assessment Criteria.

This exceeds the allowable frequency listed in Table 4.1 of the Listing Policy.

This pollutant is a possible cause or contributor to toxicity.

4. Pursuant to section 4.11 of the Listing Policy, no additional data and information are available indicating that standards are met.
 
Regional Board Decision Recommendation: After review of the available data and information, RWQCB staff concludes that the water body-pollutant combination should not be removed from the section 303(d) list because applicable water quality standards for the pollutant are being exceeded.
 
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 71889, Chlorpyrifos
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 125747
 
Pollutant: Chlorpyrifos
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Sediment
Matrix: Sediment
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 3
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and the results are as follows: 0 of the 3 samples exceeded the evaluation guideline for Chlorpyrifos .
Data Reference: Water Quality Assessment Data for the 2018 solicitation cycle submitted through CEDEN for SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: There shall be no bioaccumulation of pesticide concentrations found in bottom sediments or aquatic life. (Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin Region)
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin Region (Includes amendments effective on or before January 8, 2019)
 
Evaluation Guideline: The evaluation guideline for chlorpyrifos is the median lethal concentration (LC50) of 1.77 ug/g and is normalized by the percentage of organic carbon in the sediment sample (Amweg and Weston, 2007).
Guideline Reference: Whole-sediment toxicity identification evaluation tools for pyrethroid insecticides: I. piperonyl butoxide addition. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 26:2389-2396.
 
Spatial Representation: Data were collected from 3 (Station Codes: 728SSGS02, 728SSGS07, 728SSGS09).
Temporal Representation: Data for this waterbody were collected over the date range 2011-05-11 to 2011-05-11
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program  
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 71889, Chlorpyrifos
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 35209
 
Pollutant: Chlorpyrifos
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 0
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Twenty samples total were collected. None of the samples were not used in the assessment because the laboratory data reporting limit was above the guideline and therefore the results could not be quantified with the level of certainty required by the Listing Policy.
Data Reference: RWB7 Trend Monitoring CY2005 CY2006 CY2007 CY2008
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: All waters shall be maintained free of toxic substances in concentrations which are toxic to, or which produce detrimental physiological responses in, human, plant, animal, or aquatic life (Water Quality Control Plan, Colorado River Basin).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: The freshwater criterion continuous concentration to protect aquatic organisms is 0.015 ug/L (Siepmann and Finlayson 2000, with minor corrections to significant figures as described in Beaulaurier et al., 2005).
Guideline Reference: Water quality criteria for diazinon and chlorpyrifos. Administrative Report 00-3. Rancho Cordova, CA: Pesticide Investigations Unit, Office of Spills and Response. CA Department of Fish and Game (with minor corrections to significant figures as described in Beaulaurier et al., 2005).
 
Spatial Representation: Data for this line of evidence for Salton Sea was collected at 4 monitoring sites [ Salton Sea USGS2, Salton Sea USGS7, Salton Sea USGS9, Salton Sea Drain NW2 (Torrez Martinez 2)]
Temporal Representation: Data was collected over the time period 10/26/2005-10/29/2008.
Environmental Conditions: Staff is not aware of any special conditions that might affect interpretation of the data.
QAPP Information: The SWAMP QAPP (2008) was followed.
QAPP Information Reference(s): Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program Quality Assurance Program Plan
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 71889, Chlorpyrifos
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 125405
 
Pollutant: Toxicity
LOE Subgroup: Toxicity
Matrix: Water
Fraction: None
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 3
Number of Exceedances: 3
 
Data and Information Type: TOXICITY TESTING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: 3 of the 3 samples collected by SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring for Salton Sea exhibited toxicity. A sample may have multiple toxicity test results, but will only be counted once. A sample is defined as being collected on the same day, at the same location with the same lab sample ID (if provided). The following organisms and parameters were utilized for the toxicity tests: Atherinops affinis, for Survival, Atherinops affinis, for Biomass (wt/orig indiv)
Data Reference: Water Quality Assessment Data for the 2018 solicitation cycle submitted through CEDEN for SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: All waters shall be maintained free of toxic substances in concentrations that are toxic to, or that produce detrimental physiological responses in, human, plant, animal, or aquatic life. (Colorado River Basin Plan)
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin Region (Includes amendments effective on or before January 8, 2019)
 
Evaluation Guideline:
Guideline Reference:
 
Spatial Representation: The samples were collected at 3 stations. Monitoring site(s): ( 728SSGS02, 728SSGS07, 728SSGS09 )
Temporal Representation: The samples were collected between the dates of 2011-05-11 and 2011-05-11.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program  
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 71889, Chlorpyrifos
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 5496
 
Pollutant: Chlorpyrifos
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Tissue
Matrix: Tissue
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Commercial or recreational collection of fish, shellfish, or organisms
 
Number of Samples: 31
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: Fish tissue analysis
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Thirty-one fish fillet samples were taken at 3 locations in the sea. The fish samples were generally collected from 5/1980 through 11/2000. Of these total samples, none exceeded the OEHHA Screening Value. (TSMP, 2007).
Data Reference: Toxic Substances Monitoring Program (TSMP) Data for organic and inorganic chemicals in fish and sediment samples collected from water bodies located in the Colorado River Basin-Region 7. 1978-2000. State Water Resources Control Board. Sacramento, CA.
 
SWAMP Data: Non-SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: Basin Plan: No individual chemical or combination of chemicals shall be present in concentrations that adversely affect beneficial uses. There shall be no increase in hazardous chemical concentrations found in bottom sediments or aquatic life (CRBRWQCB, 2006).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) Screening Value of 10000 ug/kg to protect human health when consuming fish (OEHHA, 1999).
Guideline Reference: Prevalence of Selected Target Chemical Contaminants in Sport Fish From Two California Lakes: Public health designed screening study. Sacramento, CA: Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment
 
Spatial Representation: Samples were collected from the following Salton Sea locations: from the North end, the South end, and the West Side.
Temporal Representation: Fish tissue samples were generally collected from 5/1980 through 11/2000. Fish tissue samples were not collected from each location every sampling round. Thirty-one fish fillet samples of tilapia, bairdiella, orangemouth corvina, redbelly tilapia, Mozambique tilapia, and sargo were collected. Nine tilapia fillet composites samples were collected in the years 1984-85, (2)1996, 1997, (2)1998, and (2)2000. Five bairdiella fillet composite samples were collected in 1980, 1985, (2)1989, and 2000. Ten orangemouth corvina fillet composite samples were collected in the years (2)1981, 1984-87, (2)1991, 1997, and 1999. Two orangemouth corvina single fish fillet samples were collected in the year (2)1991. Two redbelly tilapia fillet composite samples were collected in the year (2)1995. One Mozambique tilapia fillet composite sample was collected in the year 1980. Two sargo fillet composite samples were collected in the years 1985, and 1991.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: The field procedures are described in TSMP Data Reports and associated Appendices. CDFG's Laboratory applies Quality Assurance Program Plan procedures for laboratory Quality Assurance and Quality Control, as described in Rasmussen (1993).
QAPP Information Reference(s): Toxic Substances Monitoring Program 1991 Data Report. 93-1WQ. State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), Division of Water Quality. Sacramento, CA.
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 71889, Chlorpyrifos
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 127935
 
Pollutant: Chlorpyrifos
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 0
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support, and the results are as follows: 0 of the 0 samples exceeded the evaluation guideline for Chlorpyrifos. Although a total of 1 samples were collected, 1 of these samples were not included in the assessment because the laboratory data reporting limit(s) was above the objective and therefore the results could not be quantified with the level of certainty required by the Listing Policy Section 6.1.5.5.
Data Reference: Water Quality Assessment Data for the 2018 solicitation cycle submitted through CEDEN for SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: No individual pesticide or combination of pesticides shall be present in concentrations that adversely affect beneficial uses.
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin Region (Includes amendments effective on or before January 8, 2019)
 
Evaluation Guideline: The freshwater criterion continuous concentration to protect aquatic organisms is 0.014 ug/L (Siepmann and Finlayson 2000).
Guideline Reference: Water quality criteria for diazinon and chlorpyrifos. Administrative Report 00-3. Rancho Cordova, CA: Pesticide Investigations Unit, Office of Spills and Response. CA Department of Fish and Game
 
Spatial Representation: Data was collected from 3 station(s) (Station Code(s) 728SSGS02, 728SSGS07, 728SSGS09).
Temporal Representation: Date for this waterbody was collected over the date range 2011-05-11 to 2011-05-11
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program  
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 71889, Chlorpyrifos
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 4806
 
Pollutant: Chlorpyrifos
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Dissolved
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 22
Number of Exceedances: 15
 
Data and Information Type: Other Agencies/Organizations provided monitoring data
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Twenty-two water quality samples were collected every few weeks from 8/28/1996 through 4/15/1997 at three locations in the Salton Sea. Of these total samples, 15 exceeded the CDFG Criteria. The exceedences were found in samples collected on 8/28/1996, 9/10/1996, 10/01/1996, 10/31/1996, 11/12/1996, and 3/05/1997 (CDPR, 2007).
Data Reference: Data for pesticides in water samples collected from waterbodies located in the Colorado River Basin-Region 7. Mar. 1993-Jun. 2005.
 
SWAMP Data: Non-SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: Basin Plan: No individual chemical or combination of chemicals shall be present in concentrations that adversely affect beneficial uses.
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG) Hazardous Assessment Criteria of 0.02 ug/l (1 hr. ave.) for freshwater and saltwater aquatic life use protection (Siepmann and Finlayson, 2000).
Guideline Reference: Water quality criteria for diazinon and chlorpyrifos. Administrative Report 00-3. Rancho Cordova, CA: Pesticide Investigations Unit, Office of Spills and Response. CA Department of Fish and Game
 
Spatial Representation: Samples were collected from three sites in Salton Sea near the mouth of the Alamo River. The sites were approximately 0.14, 0.14, and 0.25 mi. offshore.
Temporal Representation: The samples were collected every few weeks from 8/28/1996 through 4/15/1997. The exceedences were found in samples collected from 8/28/1996 through 3/05/1997.
Environmental Conditions: The samples were collected every few weeks from August through November 1996 and from February through April 1997 to coincide with the pesticide application periods in the Imperial Valley (autumn and late winter/early spring) (Crepeau et al, 2002).
QAPP Information: Investigators used USGS QA/QC in sample collection and analysis. Lab analysis was done by the USGS California District Organic Chemistry Laboratory in Sacramento, California (Crepeau, 2002).
QAPP Information Reference(s): ¿Dissolved Pesticides in the Alamo River and the Salton Sea, California, 1996-97.¿ United States Geological Survey. Sacramento, CA. Open file report No. 02-232. http://water.usgs.gov/pubs/of/ofr02232/
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 71889, Chlorpyrifos
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 35423
 
Pollutant: Chlorpyrifos
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Sediment
Matrix: Sediment
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 14
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and results are as follows: 0 of 14 samples exceed the criterion for Chlorpyrifos.
Data Reference: RWB7 Trend Monitoring CY2005 CY2006 CY2007 CY2008
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: All waters shall be maintained free of toxic substances in concentrations which are toxic to, or which produce detrimental physiological responses in, human, plant, animal, or aquatic life (Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: The evaluation guideline for chlorpyrifos is the median lethal concentration (LC50) of 1.77 ug/g and is normalized by the percentage of organic carbon in the sediment sample (Amweg and Weston, 2007).
Guideline Reference: Whole-sediment toxicity identification evaluation tools for pyrethroid insecticides: I. piperonyl butoxide addition. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 26:2389-2396.
 
Spatial Representation: Data for this line of evidence for Salton Sea was collected at 4 monitoring sites [ Salton Sea USGS2 - 728SSGS02, Salton Sea USGS7 - 728SSGS07, Salton Sea USGS9 - 728SSGS09, Salton Sea Drain NW2 (Torrez Martinez 2) - 728SSDNW2]
Temporal Representation: Data was collected over the time period 10/26/2005-4/22/2008.
Environmental Conditions: Staff is not aware of any special conditions that might affect interpretation of the data.
QAPP Information: The SWAMP QAPP (2008) was followed.
QAPP Information Reference(s): Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program Quality Assurance Program Plan
 
 
DECISION ID
71363
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
Pollutant: DDT (Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane)
Final Listing Decision: Do Not Delist from 303(d) list (TMDL required list)
Last Listing Cycle's Final Listing Decision: Do Not Delist from 303(d) list (TMDL required list)(2016)
Revision Status Revised
Sources: Source Unknown
Expected TMDL Completion Date: 2030
Impairment from Pollutant or Pollution: Pollutant
 
Regional Board Conclusion: This pollutant is being considered for removal from the section 303(d) list under section 4.1, 4.5 and 4.6 of the Listing Policy. Under sections 4.1 and 4.5 a single line of evidence is necessary to assess listing status.

Thirteen lines of evidence are available in the administrative record to assess pollutant.

None of the water samples exceed the CTR criteria.

Twenty-three of 31 fish tissue samples exceed the OEHHA fish contaminant goal.

Based on the readily available data and information, the weight of evidence indicates that there is sufficient justification against removing this water segment-pollutant combination from the section 303(d) list.

This conclusion is based on the staff findings that:
1. The data used satisfies the data quality requirements of section 6.1.4 of the Policy.
2. The data used satisfies the data quantity requirements of section 6.1.5 of the Policy.
3. None of the water samples exceed the CTR criteria..

Twenty-three of 31 fish tissue samples exceed the OEHHA fish contaminant goal.

The tissue samples exceed the allowable frequency listed in Table 4.1 of the Listing Policy.

4. Pursuant to section 4.11 of the Listing Policy, no additional data and information are available indicating that standards are met.
 
Regional Board Decision Recommendation: After review of the available data and information, RWQCB staff concludes that the water body-pollutant combination should not be removed from the section 303(d) list because applicable water quality standards for the pollutant are being exceeded.
 
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 71363, DDT (Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane)
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 5427
 
Pollutant: DDT (Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane)
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Tissue
Matrix: Tissue
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Commercial or recreational collection of fish, shellfish, or organisms
 
Number of Samples: 31
Number of Exceedances: 23
 
Data and Information Type: Fish tissue analysis
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Thirty-one fish fillet samples were taken at 3 locations in the sea. The fish samples were generally collected from 5/1980 through 11/2000. Of these total samples, 23 fillet samples collected at 3 locations exceeded the OEHHA Fish Contaminant Goal. At the South location exceedances were found in; 5 bairdiella fillet composite samples collected on 5/21/1980, 8/06/1985, (2)11/01/1989, and 11/09/2000; 5 orangemouth corvina fillet composite samples collected on 5/24/1981, 8/06/1985, 10/07/1987, 5/15/1991 and 12/06/1999; 3 tilapia fillet composite samples collected on 8/07/1985, 11/20/1997, and 11/11/1998, and; 2 Mozambique tilapia fillet composite samples collected on 5/21/1980, and 8/06/1985. At the West Shore location exceedances were found in 2 orangemouth corvina fillet composite samples collected on 6/20/1984, and 5/19/1986. At the North location exceedances were found in; 3 orangemouth corvina fillet composite samples collected on 5/29/1981, 5/30/1991, and 11/18/1997; 2 orangemouth corvina single fish fillet samples collected on 5/30/1991, and 6/18/1991, and; 1 sargo fillet composite sample collected on 5/30/1991 (TSMP, 2007).
Data Reference: Toxic Substances Monitoring Program (TSMP) Data for organic and inorganic chemicals in fish and sediment samples collected from water bodies located in the Colorado River Basin-Region 7. 1978-2000. State Water Resources Control Board. Sacramento, CA.
 
SWAMP Data: Non-SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: Basin Plan: No individual chemical or combination of chemicals shall be present in concentrations that adversely affect beneficial uses. There shall be no increase in hazardous chemical concentrations found in bottom sediments or aquatic life (CRBRWQCB, 2006).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) Fish Contaminant Goal of 21 ug/kg to protect human health when consuming fish (OEHHA, 2008).
Guideline Reference: Development of Fish Contaminant Goals and Advisory Tissue Levels for Common Contaminants in California Sport Fish: Chlordane, DDTs, Dieldrin, Methylmercury, PCBs, Selenium, and Toxaphene
 
Spatial Representation: Samples were collected from the following Salton Sea locations: from the North end, the South end and the West Side.
Temporal Representation: Fish tissue samples were generally collected from 5/1980 through 11/2000. Fish tissue samples were not collected from each location every sampling round. Thirty-one fish fillet samples of tilapia, bairdiella, orangemouth corvina, redbelly tilapia, Mozambique tilapia, and sargo were collected. Nine tilapia fillet composites samples were collected in the years 1984-85, (2)1996, 1997, (2)1998, and (2)2000. Five bairdiella fillet composite samples were collected in 1980, 1985, (2)1989, and 2000. Ten orangemouth corvina fillet composite samples were collected in the years (2)1981, 1984-87, (2)1991, 1997, and 1999. Two orangemouth corvina single fish fillet samples were collected in the year (2)1991. Two redbelly tilapia fillet composite samples were collected in the year (2)1995. One Mozambique tilapia fillet composite sample was collected in the year 1980. Two sargo fillet composite samples were collected in the years 1985, and 1991. The exceedances were found in samples collected from 5/21/1980 through 11/09/2000.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: The field procedures are described in TSMP Data Reports and associated Appendices. CDFG's Laboratory applies a Quality Assurance Program Plan procedures for laboratory Quality Assurance and Quality Control, as described in Rasmussen (1993).
QAPP Information Reference(s): Toxic Substances Monitoring Program 1991 Data Report. 93-1WQ. State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), Division of Water Quality. Sacramento, CA.
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 71363, DDT (Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane)
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 125859
 
Pollutant: Total DDT (sum of 4,4'- and 2,4'- isomers of DDT, DDE, and DDD)
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Sediment
Matrix: Sediment
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 3
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and the results are as follows: 0 of the 3 samples exceeded the evaluation guideline for Total DDT (sum of 4,4'- and 2,4'- isomers of DDT, DDE, and DDD) .
Data Reference: Water Quality Assessment Data for the 2018 solicitation cycle submitted through CEDEN for SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: There shall be no bioaccumulation of pesticide concentrations found in bottom sediments or aquatic life. (Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin Region)
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin Region (Includes amendments effective on or before January 8, 2019)
 
Evaluation Guideline: The evaluation guideline for Total DDTs from MacDonald et al., 2000a which states that the probable effect concentration for Total DDTs is 572 ug/kg. (dw = Dry Weight)
Guideline Reference: Development and evaluation of consensus-based sediment quality guidelines for freshwater ecosystems. Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 39: 20-31
 
Spatial Representation: Data were collected from 3 (Station Codes: 728SSGS02, 728SSGS09, 728SSGS07).
Temporal Representation: Data for this waterbody were collected over the date range 2011-05-11 to 2011-05-11
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program  
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 71363, DDT (Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane)
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 46441
 
Pollutant: Total DDT (sum of 4,4'- and 2,4'- isomers of DDT, DDE, and DDD)
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Tissue
Matrix: Tissue
Fraction: Fish fillet
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 1
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: Fish tissue analysis
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and results are as follows: 0 of 1 samples exceed the criterion for DDT, Total. One composite (20 fish per composite) was generated from one species: Tilapia leucosticta. Details of the compositing protocol can be found in the March 2009 report entitled: "Contaminants in Fish from California Lakes and Reservoirs: Technical Report on Year One of a Two-Year Screening Study" (SWAMP, 2009). Total DDT was calculated as the sum of 4,4'- and 2,4'- isomers of DDT, DDE, and DDD.
Data Reference: Contaminants in Fish from California Lakes and Reservoirs: Technical Report on Year One of a Two-Year Screening Survey. A Report of the Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP). California State Water Resources Control Board, Sacramento, CA
  Cruise Report for the Surface Waters Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) Bioaccumulation Screening Study in California Lakes and Reservoirs, Sampling Dates: June 2007- March 2008
  Statewide Lakes Sportfish Contamination Study 2007 2008
  Contaminants in Fish from California Lakes and Reservoirs, 2007-2008: Summary Report on a Two-Year Screening Survey
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: No individual chemical or combination of chemicals shall be present in concentrations that adversely affect beneficial uses. There shall be no increase in hazardous chemical concentrations found in bottom sediments or aquatic life (Water Quality Control Plan, Colorado River Basin).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: National Academy of Science guidelines (NAS 1972) establish a maximum total DDT concentration of 1000 ug/Kg (wet weight) in tissue samples for protection of aquatic life from bioaccumulation of toxic substances.
Guideline Reference: National Academy of Sciences. Water Quality Criteria 1972. EPA-R3-73-033. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
 
Spatial Representation: Data for this line of evidence for Salton Sea was collected at 1 monitoring site [ Salton Sea - 728PSS171]. Samples were collected from 1 location. Individual sample locations consisted of an area within a given waterbody from which fish tissue samples were collected. The number of sample locations per waterbody was based on the overall size of the waterbody (SWAMP, 2010). Specifics of individual sampling locations can be found in the supplemental report entitled "Cruise Report for the Surface Waters Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) Bioaccumulation Screening Study in California Lakes and Reservoirs, Sampling Dates: June 2007- March 2008" (SWAMP, 2008).
Temporal Representation: Data was collected on a single day 10/30/2007.
Environmental Conditions: Staff is not aware of any special conditions that might affect interpretation of the data.
QAPP Information: Samples were collected, processed, and analyzed in accordance with the methods described in Quality Assurance Project Plan "Screening Study of Bioaccumulation in California Lakes and Reservoirs." (SWAMP, 2002).
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Management Plan for the State of California's Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program. Sacramento, CA. State Water Resources Control Board. SWAMP. December 2002 (1st version)
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 71363, DDT (Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane)
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 5083
 
Pollutant: Aldrin | Chlordane | DDT (Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane) | Dieldrin | Endrin | Heptachlor | Heptachlor epoxide | alpha-Endosulfan (Endosulfan 1) | beta-Endosulfan (Endosulfan 2)
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Dissolved
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 36
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: Fixed station physical/chemical (conventional plus toxic pollutants)
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Thirty-six water quality samples were collected and analyzed biannually from 5/2002 through 5/2005 at eight locations in the Salton Sea. Of these total samples, none exceeded the CTR Criteria (SWAMP, 2007).
Data Reference: Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) Data for organic and inorganic constituents in water and sediment samples collected from water bodies located in the Colorado River Basin-Region 7. May 2002-May 2005.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: California Toxics Rule (CTR) Criterion Maximum Concentrations (CMCs) for the protection of freshwater aquatic life uses were used for the following constituents: 3 ug/l Aldrin, 0.22 ug/l alpha Endosulfan, 0.22 ug/l beta-Endosulfan, 2.4 ug/l Chlordane, 1.1 ug/l DDT, 0.24 ug/l Dieldrin, 0.086 ug/l Endrin, 0.52 ug/l Heptachlor, and 0.52 ug/l Heptachlor epoxide (USEPA, 2000).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Standards 2000. Establishment of numeric criteria for priority toxic pollutants for the State of California: Rules and regulations. Federal Register Vol. 65, No. 97. Washington, D.C.: Environmental Protection Agency
 
Evaluation Guideline:
Guideline Reference:
 
Spatial Representation: Samples were collected from the following Salton Sea location: Salton Sea Drain NW1, Salton Sea Drain NW2, Salton Sea GS2, Salton Sea GS3, Salton Sea GS5, Salton Sea GS7, Salton Sea GS9, and Salton Sea GS10.
Temporal Representation: Thirty-six water samples were collected. Water samples were generally collected and analyzed biannually, in May and October, from 5/2002 through 5/2005 from the Salton Sa NW2, GS2, GS7, and GS9 locations. The rest of the locations were sampled in May and October 2002. Samples were not collected from each location every sampling round.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: The sampling and analysis portions of this study were conducted in accordance with the SWAMP Quality Assurance Management Plan (QAMP) (Puckett, 2002).
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Management Plan for the State of California's Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program. Sacramento, CA. State Water Resources Control Board. SWAMP. December 2002 (1st version)
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 71363, DDT (Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane)
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 32981
 
Pollutant: DDT (Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane)
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Sediment
Matrix: Sediment
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 14
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Zero of 14 samples collected for Total DDTs exceeded the evaluation guideline.
Data Reference: RWB7 Trend Monitoring CY2005 CY2006 CY2007 CY2008
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: No individual chemical or combination of chemicals shall be present in concentrations that adversely affect beneficial uses. There shall be no increase in hazardous chemical concentrations found in bottom sediments or aquatic life (Colorado River Basin Plan).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: The Probable Effect Concentration for Total DDTs (DDD + DDE + DDT) in freshwater sediments is 572 ug/kg.
Guideline Reference: Development and evaluation of consensus-based sediment quality guidelines for freshwater ecosystems. Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 39: 20-31
 
Spatial Representation: Data were collected at the following stations: Salton Sea Drain NW2 (Torrez Martinez 2) - 728SSDNW2, Salton Sea USGS2 - 728SSGS02, Salton Sea USGS7 - 728SSGS07, Salton Sea USGS9 - 728SSGS09, .
Temporal Representation: The samples were collected on 10/26/2005 - 4/22/2008.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: The SWAMP QAPP (2008) was followed.
QAPP Information Reference(s): Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program Quality Assurance Program Plan
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 71363, DDT (Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane)
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 125891
 
Pollutant: DDT (Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane)
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Sediment
Matrix: Sediment
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 3
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and the results are as follows: 0 of the 3 samples exceeded the evaluation guideline for DDT (Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane) .
Data Reference: Water Quality Assessment Data for the 2018 solicitation cycle submitted through CEDEN for SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: There shall be no bioaccumulation of pesticide concentrations found in bottom sediments or aquatic life. (Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin Region)
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin Region (Includes amendments effective on or before January 8, 2019)
 
Evaluation Guideline: The evaluation guideline for Sum DDT from MacDonald et al., 2000a which states that the probable effect concentration for Sum DDT is 62.9 ug/kg. (dw = Dry Weight)
Guideline Reference: Development and evaluation of consensus-based sediment quality guidelines for freshwater ecosystems. Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 39: 20-31
 
Spatial Representation: Data were collected from 3 (Station Codes: 728SSGS07, 728SSGS02, 728SSGS09).
Temporal Representation: Data for this waterbody were collected over the date range 2011-05-11 to 2011-05-11
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program  
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 71363, DDT (Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane)
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 32956
 
Pollutant: DDT (Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane)
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Sediment
Matrix: Sediment
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 14
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Zero of 14 samples collected for Sum DDT exceeded the evaluation guideline.
Data Reference: RWB7 Trend Monitoring CY2005 CY2006 CY2007 CY2008
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: No individual chemical or combination of chemicals shall be present in concentrations that adversely affect beneficial uses. There shall be no increase in hazardous chemical concentrations found in bottom sediments or aquatic life (Colorado River Basin Plan).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: The Probable Effect Concentration for Sum DDT (o,p' + p,p') in freshwater sediments is 62.9 ug/kg.
Guideline Reference: Development and evaluation of consensus-based sediment quality guidelines for freshwater ecosystems. Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 39: 20-31
 
Spatial Representation: Data were collected at the following stations: Salton Sea Drain NW2 (Torrez Martinez 2) - 728SSDNW2, Salton Sea USGS2 - 728SSGS02, Salton Sea USGS7 - 728SSGS07, Salton Sea USGS9 - 728SSGS09, .
Temporal Representation: The samples were collected on 10/26/2005 - 4/22/2008.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: The SWAMP QAPP (2008) was followed.
QAPP Information Reference(s): Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program Quality Assurance Program Plan
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 71363, DDT (Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane)
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 5514
 
Pollutant: DDT (Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane)
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Sediment
Matrix: Sediment
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 1
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: Chemical monitoring of sediments
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: One sediment sample was taken at 1 location in the sea. The sediment sample was collected on 12/10/1987. This sample did not exceed the PEC Criteria (TSMP, 2007).
Data Reference: Toxic Substances Monitoring Program (TSMP) Data for organic and inorganic chemicals in fish and sediment samples collected from water bodies located in the Colorado River Basin-Region 7. 1978-2000. State Water Resources Control Board. Sacramento, CA.
 
SWAMP Data: Non-SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: Basin Plan: No individual chemical or combination of chemicals shall be present in concentrations that adversely affect beneficial uses. There shall be no increase in hazardous chemical concentrations found in bottom sediments or aquatic life (CRBRWQCB, 2006).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: Consensus Based Sediment Quality Guideline Probable Effect Concentration (PEC) of 62.9 ug/kg for the protection of freshwater organisms to toxic effects(Macdonald et al, 2000).
Guideline Reference: Development and evaluation of consensus-based sediment quality guidelines for freshwater ecosystems. Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 39: 20-31
 
Spatial Representation: A sample was collected from the south end of the Salton Sea.
Temporal Representation: One sediment samples was collected on 12/10/87 .
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: The field procedures are described in TSMP Data Reports and associated Appendices. CDFG's Laboratory applies Quality Assurance Program Plan procedures for laboratory Quality Assurance and Quality Control, as described in Rasmussen (1993).
QAPP Information Reference(s): Toxic Substances Monitoring Program 1991 Data Report. 93-1WQ. State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), Division of Water Quality. Sacramento, CA.
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 71363, DDT (Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane)
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 5586
 
Pollutant: DDT (Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane)
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Tissue
Matrix: Tissue
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 31
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: Fish tissue analysis
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Thirty-one fish fillet samples were taken at 3 locations in the sea. The fish samples were generally collected from 5/1980 through 11/2000. Of these total samples, none exceeded the NAS tissue guideline. (TSMP, 2007).
Data Reference: Toxic Substances Monitoring Program (TSMP) Data for organic and inorganic chemicals in fish and sediment samples collected from water bodies located in the Colorado River Basin-Region 7. 1978-2000. State Water Resources Control Board. Sacramento, CA.
 
SWAMP Data: Non-SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: Basin Plan: No individual chemical or combination of chemicals shall be present in concentrations that adversely affect beneficial uses. There shall be no increase in hazardous chemical concentrations found in bottom sediments or aquatic life (CRBRWQCB, 2006).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: National Academy of Science (NAS) tissue guideline of 1000 ug/kg for the protection of aquatic life uses (NAS, 1973).
Guideline Reference: National Academy of Sciences. Water Quality Criteria 1972. EPA-R3-73-033. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
 
Spatial Representation: Samples were collected from the Salton Sea from the North end, the South end, and the West Side.
Temporal Representation: Fish tissue samples were generally collected from 5/1980 through 11/2000. Fish tissue samples were not collected from each location every sampling round. Thirty-one fish fillet samples of tilapia, bairdiella, orangemouth corvina, redbelly tilapia, Mozambique tilapia, and sargo were collected. Nine tilapia fillet composites samples were collected in the years 1984-85, (2)1996, 1997, (2)1998, and (2)2000. Five bairdiella fillet composite samples were collected in the years 1980, 1985, (2)1989, and 2000. Ten orangemouth corvina fillet composite samples were collected in the years (2)1981, 1984-87, (2)1991, 1997, and 1999. Two orangemouth corvina single fish fillet samples were collected in the years (2)1991. Two redbelly tilapia fillet composite samples were collected in the years (2)1995. One Mozambique tilapia fillet composite sample was collected in the year 1980. Two sargo fillet composite samples were collected in the years 1985, and 1991.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: The field procedures are described in TSMP Data Reports and associated Appendices. CDFG's Laboratory applies Quality Assurance Program Plan procedures for laboratory Quality Assurance and Quality Control, as described in Rasmussen (1993).
QAPP Information Reference(s): Toxic Substances Monitoring Program 1991 Data Report. 93-1WQ. State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), Division of Water Quality. Sacramento, CA.
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 71363, DDT (Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane)
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 127826
 
Pollutant: DDT (Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane)
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Commercial or recreational collection of fish, shellfish, or organisms
 
Number of Samples: 3
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and results are as follows: 0 of 3 samples exceeded the water quality standard for DDT (Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane).
Data Reference: Water Quality Assessment Data for the 2018 solicitation cycle submitted through CEDEN for SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: The DDT(4,4') criteria for the protection of human health from consumption of organisms only is 0.00059 ug/L (California Toxics Rule, 2000).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Standards 2000. Establishment of numeric criteria for priority toxic pollutants for the State of California: Rules and regulations. Federal Register Vol. 65, No. 97. Washington, D.C.: Environmental Protection Agency
 
Evaluation Guideline:
Guideline Reference:
 
Spatial Representation: The samples were collected at 3 monitoring site(s) (728SSGS02, 728SSGS09, 728SSGS07)
Temporal Representation: The samples were collected between the dates of 2011-05-11 and 2011-05-11
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program  
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 71363, DDT (Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane)
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 127827
 
Pollutant: DDT (Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane)
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 3
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and results are as follows: 0 of 3 samples exceeded the water quality standard for DDT (Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane).
Data Reference: Water Quality Assessment Data for the 2018 solicitation cycle submitted through CEDEN for SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: The DDT(4,4') criterion continuous concentration (expressed as a 4-day average) to protect aquatic life in freshwater is 0.001 ug/L (California Toxics Rule, 2000).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Standards 2000. Establishment of numeric criteria for priority toxic pollutants for the State of California: Rules and regulations. Federal Register Vol. 65, No. 97. Washington, D.C.: Environmental Protection Agency
 
Evaluation Guideline:
Guideline Reference:
 
Spatial Representation: The samples were collected at 3 monitoring site(s) (728SSGS02, 728SSGS09, 728SSGS07)
Temporal Representation: The samples were collected between the dates of 2011-05-11 and 2011-05-11
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program  
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 71363, DDT (Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane)
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 34551
 
Pollutant: DDT (Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane)
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 0
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: The detection limit for DDT(o,p) is 0.001 ug/l, and the reporting limit for that is 0.002 ug/l. Since the WQS is smaller than the reporting limit, none of samples can be counted. In addition the detection limit for DDT(p,p') is 0.002 ug/l and the reporting limit is 0.005 ug/l, none of the samples can be counted. The water body was assessed for the sum of DDT(o,p') and DDT(p,p').
Data Reference: RWB7 Trend Monitoring CY2005 CY2006 CY2007 CY2008
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: The 4,4' DDT criterion continuous concentration (expressed as a 4-day average) to protect aquatic life in freshwater is 0.001 ug/L (California Toxics Rule, 2000).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Code of Federal Regulations 40 part 131.38 Establishment of numeric criteria for priority toxic pollutants for the State of California. 7/1/2011 Edition
 
Evaluation Guideline:
Guideline Reference:
 
Spatial Representation: Samples collected at stations 728SSDNW2 (Salton Sea Drain NW2 (Torrez Martinez 2), 728SSGS02 (Salton Sea USGS2), 728SSGS07 (Salton Sea USGS7), and 728SSGS09 (Salton Sea USGS9).
Temporal Representation: Samples collected between 10/26/2005 and 10/29/2008.
Environmental Conditions: Freshwater criteria is more protective than Saltwater criteria and was utilized to assess this water body.
QAPP Information: SWAMP QAPP (2008) was followed.
QAPP Information Reference(s): Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program Quality Assurance Program Plan
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 71363, DDT (Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane)
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 46440
 
Pollutant: Total DDT (sum of 4,4'- and 2,4'- isomers of DDT, DDE, and DDD)
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Tissue
Matrix: Tissue
Fraction: Fish fillet
 
Beneficial Use: Commercial or recreational collection of fish, shellfish, or organisms
 
Number of Samples: 1
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: Fish tissue analysis
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and results are as follows: 0 of 1 samples exceed the criterion for DDT, Total. One composite (20 fish per composite) was generated from one species: Tilapia leucosticta. Details of the compositing protocol can be found in the March 2009 report entitled: "Contaminants in Fish from California Lakes and Reservoirs: Technical Report on Year One of a Two-Year Screening Study" (SWAMP, 2009). Total DDT was calculated as the sum of 4,4'- and 2,4'- isomers of DDT, DDE, and DDD.
Data Reference: Contaminants in Fish from California Lakes and Reservoirs: Technical Report on Year One of a Two-Year Screening Survey. A Report of the Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP). California State Water Resources Control Board, Sacramento, CA
  Cruise Report for the Surface Waters Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) Bioaccumulation Screening Study in California Lakes and Reservoirs, Sampling Dates: June 2007- March 2008
  Statewide Lakes Sportfish Contamination Study 2007 2008
  Contaminants in Fish from California Lakes and Reservoirs, 2007-2008: Summary Report on a Two-Year Screening Survey
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: No individual chemical or combination of chemicals shall be present in concentrations that adversely affect beneficial uses. There shall be no increase in hazardous chemical concentrations found in bottom sediments or aquatic life (Water Quality Control Plan, Colorado River Basin).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: The modified OEHHA Fish Contaminant Goal for total DDT in fish tissue is 15 ppb. This screening level assumes an average body weight of 70 kg and a consumption rate of 32 g/day for a 30 year exposure over a 70-year lifetime. This constituent is a carcinogen therefore the risk level is set to one in a million. A cooking reduction factor of 1 is applied for skin-off fillets.
Guideline Reference: Development of Fish Contaminant Goals and Advisory Tissue Levels for Common Contaminants in California Sport Fish: Chlordane, DDTs, Dieldrin, Methylmercury, PCBs, Selenium, and Toxaphene
 
Spatial Representation: Data for this line of evidence for Salton Sea was collected at 1 monitoring site [ Salton Sea - 728PSS171]. Samples were collected from 1 location. Individual sample locations consisted of an area within a given waterbody from which fish tissue samples were collected. The number of sample locations per waterbody was based on the overall size of the waterbody (SWAMP, 2010). Specifics of individual sampling locations can be found in the supplemental report entitled "Cruise Report for the Surface Waters Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) Bioaccumulation Screening Study in California Lakes and Reservoirs, Sampling Dates: June 2007- March 2008" (SWAMP, 2008).
Temporal Representation: Data was collected on a single day 10/30/2007.
Environmental Conditions: Staff is not aware of any special conditions that might affect interpretation of the data.
QAPP Information: Samples were collected, processed, and analyzed in accordance with the methods described in Quality Assurance Project Plan "Screening Study of Bioaccumulation in California Lakes and Reservoirs." (SWAMP, 2002).
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Management Plan for the State of California's Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program. Sacramento, CA. State Water Resources Control Board. SWAMP. December 2002 (1st version)
 
 
DECISION ID
75163
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
Pollutant: Low Dissolved Oxygen
Final Listing Decision: Do Not Delist from 303(d) list (TMDL required list)
Last Listing Cycle's Final Listing Decision: List on 303(d) list (TMDL required list)(2016)
Revision Status Revised
Sources: Source Unknown
Expected TMDL Completion Date: 2030
Impairment from Pollutant or Pollution: Pollutant
 
Regional Board Conclusion: This pollutant is being considered for removal from the CWA section 303(d) List under section 4.2 of the Listing Policy. Under this section a single line of evidence is necessary to assess listing status.

Three lines of evidence are available in the administrative record to assess this pollutant.

One of three samples exceed the Basin Plan Objective for the total fraction.

Six of 25 samples exceed the Basin Plan Objective for the dissolved fraction.

Based on the readily available data and information, the weight of evidence indicates that there is sufficient justification against removing this water segment-pollutant combination from the CWA section 303(d) List.

This conclusion is based on the staff findings that:
1. The data used satisfies the data quality requirements of section 6.1.4 of the Policy.
2. The data used satisfies the data quantity requirements of section 6.1.5 of the Policy.
3.

One of 3 samples exceed the Basin Plan Objective for the total fraction.

Six of 25 samples exceed the Basin Plan Objective for the dissolved fraction.

This does not meet the delisting requirements of Table 4.2 of the Listing Policy.

4. Pursuant to section 4.11 of the Listing Policy, no additional data and information are available indicating that standards are met.
 
Regional Board Decision Recommendation: After review of the available data and information, RWQCB staff concludes that the water body-pollutant combination should not be removed from the section 303(d) list because applicable water quality standards for the pollutant are being exceeded.
 
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 75163, Low Dissolved Oxygen
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 32830
 
Pollutant: Oxygen, Dissolved
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Dissolved
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 20
Number of Exceedances: 3
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Three of the fourteen samples exceeded the water quality objective for dissolved oxygen.
Data Reference: RWB7 Trend Monitoring CY2005 CY2006 CY2007 CY2008
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: From the Colorado River Water Quality Control Plan 'The dissolved Oxygen concentration shall not be reduced below the following minimum levels at any time: for waters designated as WARM-5.0 mg/L.
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline:
Guideline Reference:
 
Spatial Representation: Data were collected at the following stations: Salton Sea Drain NW2 (Torrez Martinez 2) - 728SSDNW2, Salton Sea USGS2 - 728SSGS02, Salton Sea USGS7 - 728SSGS07, Salton Sea USGS9 - 728SSGS09, .
Temporal Representation: The samples were collected on 10/26/2005 - 10/29/2008.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: The SWAMP QAPP (2008) was followed.
QAPP Information Reference(s): Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program Quality Assurance Program Plan
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 75163, Low Dissolved Oxygen
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 128695
 
Pollutant: Oxygen, Dissolved
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 3
Number of Exceedances: 1
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and results are as follows: 1 of 3 samples exceeded the water quality standard for Oxygen, Dissolved.
Data Reference: Water Quality Assessment Data for the 2018 solicitation cycle submitted through CEDEN for SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: Water Quality Control Plan, Colorado River Basin, WARM Water Habitat Objective, Chapter III, states the following: The dissolved oxygen concentration for cold water habitats shall not be reduced below 5.0 mg/l at any time.
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin Region (Includes amendments effective on or before January 8, 2019)
 
Evaluation Guideline:
Guideline Reference:
 
Spatial Representation: The samples were collected at 3 monitoring site(s) (728SSGS02, 728SSGS07, 728SSGS09)
Temporal Representation: The samples were collected between the dates of 2011-05-11 and 2011-05-11
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program  
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 75163, Low Dissolved Oxygen
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 5236
 
Pollutant: Low Dissolved Oxygen
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Dissolved
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 5
Number of Exceedances: 3
 
Data and Information Type: Other Agencies/Organizations provided monitoring data
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Five water quality measurements were taken at 5 locations in the Salton Sea, collected between 7/20/1998 and 7/22/1998. Out of these total measurements, 3 exceeded the Basin Plan Objective. The exceedences were found in measurements collected from 7/20/1998 through 7/21/1998 at 3 locations in the sea, near center of South Basin, between South Basin and New and Alamo River Deltas, and in San Felipe Creek Delta (USGS, 2007).
Data Reference: Data for organic and inorganic chemicals in water and sediment samples collected from waterbodies located in the Colorado River Basin-Region 7, collected and reported on the National Water Information System (NWIS) Water Quality database. 1961-2005.
 
SWAMP Data: Non-SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: Basin Plan: The dissolved oxygen concentration shall not be reduced below the following minimum levels at any time: Water designated WARM 5 mg/l (CRBRWQCB, 2006).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline:
Guideline Reference:
 
Spatial Representation: Measurements were collected at the following Salton Sea locations: USGS Station No. 332908116011501 between North Basin and Coachella Valley Storm Water Channel, USGS Station No. 332637115512001 in Salt Creek Delta, USGS Station No. 331400115450001 near center of South Basin, USGS Station No. 331215115410001 between South Basin and New and Alamo River Deltas, and USGS Station No. 331023115473701 in San Felipe Creek Delta.
Temporal Representation: Five measurements were collected in 7/98. The exceedences were found in measurements collected from 7/20/1998 through 7/21/1998.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Assume samplers used standard USGS methods for sample collection (Wilde, variously dated). Assume analysts used standard analytical methods and quality assurance as described in (USGS, 2007).
QAPP Information Reference(s): Data for organic and inorganic chemicals in water and sediment samples collected from waterbodies located in the Colorado River Basin-Region 7, collected and reported on the National Water Information System (NWIS) Water Quality database. 1961-2005.
  Field measurements: U.S. Geological Survey Techniques of Water-Resources Investigations, book 9, chap. A6. In United States Geological Survey (USGS). Variously dated. National field manual for the collection of water-quality data: U.S. Geological Survey Techniques of Water-Resources Investigations, book 9, chaps. A1-A9, available online at http://pubs.water.usgs.gov/twri9A.
 
 
DECISION ID
78053
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
Pollutant: Toxicity
Final Listing Decision: Do Not Delist from 303(d) list (TMDL required list)
Last Listing Cycle's Final Listing Decision: List on 303(d) list (TMDL required list)(2016)
Revision Status Revised
Sources: Source Unknown
Expected TMDL Completion Date: 2030
Impairment from Pollutant or Pollution: Pollutant
 
Regional Board Conclusion: This pollutant is being considered for removal from the section 303(d) list under section 4.6 of the Listing Policy. Under section 4.6 a single line of evidence is necessary to assess listing status.

Four lines of evidence are available in the administrative record to assess this pollutant. Seven water samples and 11 sediment samples exceed the water quality objectives.

Based on the readily available data and information, the weight of evidence indicates that there is sufficient justification against removing this water segment-pollutant combination from the section 303(d) list in the Water Quality Limited Segments category.

This conclusion is based on the staff findings that:
1. The data used satisfies the data quality requirements of section 6.1.4 of the Policy.
2. The data used satisfies the data quantity requirements of section 6.1.5 of the Policy.
3. Seven of 14 water samples and 11 of 13 sediment samples exhibit toxicity when compared to control samples. This exceeds the allowable frequency listed in Table 4.1 of the Listing Policy.
4. Pursuant to section 4.11 of the Listing Policy, no additional data and information are available indicating that standards are not met.
 
Regional Board Decision Recommendation: After review of the available data and information, RWQCB staff concludes that the water body-pollutant combination should not be removed from the section 303(d) list because applicable water quality standards for the pollutant are being exceeded.
 
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 78053, Toxicity
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 32020
 
Pollutant: Toxicity
LOE Subgroup: Toxicity
Matrix: Sediment
Fraction: None
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 10
Number of Exceedances: 9
 
Data and Information Type: TOXICITY TESTING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Ten samples were collected to evaluate sediment toxicity. Nine of the samples exhibited significant toxicity. The toxicity test included survival and growth of Hyalella azteca. One sample can have multiple toxicity test results but will be counted only once. One sample is defined as being collected on the same day at the same location with the same lab sample id (if provided).
Data Reference: RWB7 Trend Monitoring CY2005 CY2006 CY2007 CY2008
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: All waters shall be maintained free of toxic substances in concentrations that are toxic to, or that produce detrimental physiological responses in, human, plant, animal, or aquatic life. Region 7 Basin Plan.
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: Toxicity is defined as a statistically significant effect in the sample exposure compared to the control using EPA-recommended hypothesis testing. For SWAMP data exceedances are counted with the significant effect code SL. SL is defined as the result being significant compared to the negative control based on a statistical test, less than stated the alpha level, AND less than the evaluation threshold.
Guideline Reference: Methods for Measuring the Toxicity and Bioaccumulation of Sediment-associated Contaminants with Freshwater Invertebrates, Second Edition. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Research and Development, Duluth, MI , U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Water, Washington, DC EPA-600/R-99/064
 
Spatial Representation: The samples were collected at stations 728SSGS02, 728SSGS07, 728SSGS09, and 728SSDNW2.
Temporal Representation: The samples were collected from October 2005 to April 2008.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Data quality is good. Data results were recorded in the SWAMP database and follwed SWAMP protocols.
QAPP Information Reference(s): Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program Quality Assurance Program Plan
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 78053, Toxicity
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 125399
 
Pollutant: Toxicity
LOE Subgroup: Toxicity
Matrix: Sediment
Fraction: None
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 3
Number of Exceedances: 2
 
Data and Information Type: TOXICITY TESTING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: 2 of the 3 samples collected by SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring for Salton Sea exhibited toxicity. A sample may have multiple toxicity test results, but will only be counted once. A sample is defined as being collected on the same day, at the same location with the same lab sample ID (if provided). The following organisms and parameters were utilized for the toxicity tests: Hyalella azteca, for Growth (wt/surv indiv), Hyalella azteca, for Survival
Data Reference: Water Quality Assessment Data for the 2018 solicitation cycle submitted through CEDEN for SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: All waters shall be maintained free of toxic substances in concentrations that are toxic to, or that produce detrimental physiological responses in, human, plant, animal, or aquatic life. (Colorado River Basin Plan)
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin Region (Includes amendments effective on or before January 8, 2019)
 
Evaluation Guideline:
Guideline Reference:
 
Spatial Representation: The samples were collected at 3 stations. Monitoring site(s): ( 728SSGS02, 728SSGS07, 728SSGS09 )
Temporal Representation: The samples were collected between the dates of 2011-05-11 and 2011-05-11.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program  
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 78053, Toxicity
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 125405
 
Pollutant: Toxicity
LOE Subgroup: Toxicity
Matrix: Water
Fraction: None
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 3
Number of Exceedances: 3
 
Data and Information Type: TOXICITY TESTING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: 3 of the 3 samples collected by SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring for Salton Sea exhibited toxicity. A sample may have multiple toxicity test results, but will only be counted once. A sample is defined as being collected on the same day, at the same location with the same lab sample ID (if provided). The following organisms and parameters were utilized for the toxicity tests: Atherinops affinis, for Survival, Atherinops affinis, for Biomass (wt/orig indiv)
Data Reference: Water Quality Assessment Data for the 2018 solicitation cycle submitted through CEDEN for SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: All waters shall be maintained free of toxic substances in concentrations that are toxic to, or that produce detrimental physiological responses in, human, plant, animal, or aquatic life. (Colorado River Basin Plan)
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin Region (Includes amendments effective on or before January 8, 2019)
 
Evaluation Guideline:
Guideline Reference:
 
Spatial Representation: The samples were collected at 3 stations. Monitoring site(s): ( 728SSGS02, 728SSGS07, 728SSGS09 )
Temporal Representation: The samples were collected between the dates of 2011-05-11 and 2011-05-11.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program  
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 78053, Toxicity
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 32021
 
Pollutant: Toxicity
LOE Subgroup: Toxicity
Matrix: Water
Fraction: None
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 11
Number of Exceedances: 4
 
Data and Information Type: TOXICITY TESTING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Eleven samples were collected to evaluate water toxicity. Four of the samples exhibited significant toxicity. The toxicity tests included survival and biomass of Atherinops affinis. One sample can have multiple toxicity test results but will be counted only once. One sample is defined as being collected on the same day at the same location with the same lab sample id (if provided).
Data Reference: RWB7 Trend Monitoring CY2005 CY2006 CY2007 CY2008
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: All waters shall be maintained free of toxic substances in concentrations that are toxic to, or that produce detrimental physiological responses in, human, plant, animal, or aquatic life. Region 7 Basin Plan.
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: Toxicity is defined as a statistically significant effect in the sample exposure compared to the control using EPA-recommended hypothesis testing. For SWAMP data exceedances are counted with the significant effect code SL. SL is defined as the result being significant compared to the negative control based on a statistical test, less than stated the alpha level, AND less than the evaluation threshold.
Guideline Reference: Short-term Methods for Estimating the Chronic Toxicity of Effluents and Receiving Waters to Freshwater Organisms. Fourth Edition. Office of Water, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Washington, D.C. EPA-821-R-02-013
 
Spatial Representation: The samples were collected at stations 728SSGS02, 728SSGS09, 728SSGS07, and 728SSDNW2.
Temporal Representation: The samples were collected from October 2005 to 2007.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Data quality is good. Data results were recorded in the SWAMP database and follwed SWAMP protocols.
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Management Plan for the State of California's Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program. Sacramento, CA. State Water Resources Control Board. SWAMP. December 2002 (1st version)
 
 
DECISION ID
68407
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
Pollutant: Acenaphthene
Final Listing Decision: Do Not List on 303(d) list (TMDL required list)
Last Listing Cycle's Final Listing Decision: Do Not List on 303(d) list (TMDL required list)(2016)
Revision Status Revised
Impairment from Pollutant or Pollution: Pollutant
 
Regional Board Conclusion: This pollutant is being considered for placement on the section 303(d) list under section 3.1 of the Listing Policy. Under section 3.1 a single line of evidence is necessary to assess listing status.

Two lines of evidence are available in the administrative record to assess this pollutant. None of the samples exceed the water quality objective.

Based on the readily available data and information, the weight of evidence indicates that there is sufficient justification against placing this water segment-pollutant combination on the section 303(d) list in the Water Quality Limited Segments category.

This conclusion is based on the staff findings that:
1. The data used satisfies the data quality requirements of section 6.1.4 of the Policy.
2. The data used satisfies the data quantity requirements of section 6.1.5 of the Policy.
3. None of 39 water samples exceeded the California Toxics Rule criteria and this does not exceed the allowable frequency listed in Table 3.1 of the Listing Policy.
4. Pursuant to section 3.11 of the Listing Policy, no additional data and information are available indicating that standards are not met.
 
Regional Board Decision Recommendation: After review of the available data and information, RWQCB staff concludes that the water body-pollutant combination should not be placed on the section 303(d) list because applicable water quality standards are not being exceeded.
 
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 68407, Acenaphthene
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 5088
 
Pollutant: Acenaphthene | Anthracene | Endosulfan sulfate | Endrin | Endrin aldehyde | Fluoranthene | Fluorene | Pyrene | alpha-Endosulfan (Endosulfan 1) | alpha.-BHC (Benzenehexachloride or alpha-HCH) | beta-BHC (Benzenehexachloride or beta-HCH) | beta-Endosulfan (Endosulfan 2)
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Dissolved
 
Beneficial Use: Commercial or recreational collection of fish, shellfish, or organisms
 
Number of Samples: 36
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: Fixed station physical/chemical (conventional plus toxic pollutants)
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Thirty-six water quality samples were collected and analyzed biannually from 5/2002 through 5/2005 at eight locations in the Salton Sea. Of these total samples, none exceeded the CTR Criteria (SWAMP, 2007).
Data Reference: Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) Data for organic and inorganic constituents in water and sediment samples collected from water bodies located in the Colorado River Basin-Region 7. May 2002-May 2005.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: California Toxics Rule (CTR) Criteria for the protection of human health when consuming organisms from aquatic systems were used for the following constituents: 2700 ug/l Acenaphthene, 0.014 ug/l alpha-BHC, 240 ug/l alpha-Endosulfan, 110000 ug/l Anthracene, 0.046 ug/l beta-BHC, 240 ug/l beta-Endosulfan, 240 ug/l Endosulfan Sulfate, 0.81 ug/l Endrin, 0.81 ug/l Endrin Aldehyde, 370 ug/l Fluoranthene, 14000 ug/l Fluorene, and 11000 ug/l Pyrene (USEPA, 2000).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Standards 2000. Establishment of numeric criteria for priority toxic pollutants for the State of California: Rules and regulations. Federal Register Vol. 65, No. 97. Washington, D.C.: Environmental Protection Agency
 
Evaluation Guideline:
Guideline Reference:
 
Spatial Representation: Samples were collected from the following Salton Sea location: Salton Sea Drain NW1, Salton Sea Drain NW2, Salton Sea GS2, Salton Sea GS3, Salton Sea GS5, Salton Sea GS7, Salton Sea GS9, Salton Sea GS10.
Temporal Representation: Thirty-six water samples were collected. Water samples were generally collected and analyzed biannually, in May and October, from 5/2002 through 5/2005 from the Salton Sea NW2, GS2, GS7, and GS9 locations. The rest of the locations were sampled in May and October 2002. Samples were not collected from each location every sampling round.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: The sampling and analysis portions of this study were conducted in accordance with the SWAMP Quality Assurance Management Plan (QAMP) (Puckett, 2002).
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Management Plan for the State of California's Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program. Sacramento, CA. State Water Resources Control Board. SWAMP. December 2002 (1st version)
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 68407, Acenaphthene
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 128566
 
Pollutant: Acenaphthene
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Commercial or recreational collection of fish, shellfish, or organisms
 
Number of Samples: 3
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and results are as follows: 0 of 3 samples exceeded the water quality standard for Acenaphthene.
Data Reference: Water Quality Assessment Data for the 2018 solicitation cycle submitted through CEDEN for SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: The Acenaphthene criteria for the protection of human health from consumption of organisms only is 2,700 ug/L (California Toxics Rule, 2000).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Standards 2000. Establishment of numeric criteria for priority toxic pollutants for the State of California: Rules and regulations. Federal Register Vol. 65, No. 97. Washington, D.C.: Environmental Protection Agency
 
Evaluation Guideline:
Guideline Reference:
 
Spatial Representation: The samples were collected at 3 monitoring site(s) (728SSGS02, 728SSGS07, 728SSGS09)
Temporal Representation: The samples were collected between the dates of 2011-05-11 and 2011-05-11
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program  
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program
 
 
DECISION ID
69567
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
Pollutant: Aldrin
Final Listing Decision: Do Not List on 303(d) list (TMDL required list)
Last Listing Cycle's Final Listing Decision: Do Not List on 303(d) list (TMDL required list)(2016)
Revision Status Revised
Impairment from Pollutant or Pollution: Pollutant
 
Regional Board Conclusion: This pollutant is being considered for placement on the section 303(d) list under sections 3.1 and 3.5 of the Listing Policy. Under section 3.1 and 3.5, a single line of evidence is necessary to assess listing status.

Eight lines of evidence are available in the administrative record to assess this pollutant.

One water sample exceeds the water quality objectives.

Based on the readily available data and information, the weight of evidence indicates that there is sufficient justification against placing this water segment-pollutant combination on the section 303(d) list in the Water Quality Limited Segments category.

This conclusion is based on the staff findings that:
1. The data used satisfies the data quality requirements of section 6.1.4 of the Policy.
2. The data used satisfies the data quantity requirements of section 6.1.5 of the Policy.
3. One water sample exceeds the water quality objective.

This does not exceed the allowable frequency listed in Table 3.1 of the Listing Policy.
4. Pursuant to section 3.11 of the Listing Policy, no additional data and information are available indicating that standards are not met.
 
Regional Board Decision Recommendation: After review of the available data and information, RWQCB staff concludes that the water body-pollutant combination should not be placed on the section 303(d) list because applicable water quality standards are not being exceeded.
 
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 69567, Aldrin
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 127448
 
Pollutant: Aldrin
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 3
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and results are as follows: 0 of 3 samples exceeded the water quality standard for Aldrin.
Data Reference: Water Quality Assessment Data for the 2018 solicitation cycle submitted through CEDEN for SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: The Aldrin criterion maximum concentration to protect aquatic life in freshwater is 3 ug/L (California Toxics Rule, 2000).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Standards 2000. Establishment of numeric criteria for priority toxic pollutants for the State of California: Rules and regulations. Federal Register Vol. 65, No. 97. Washington, D.C.: Environmental Protection Agency
 
Evaluation Guideline:
Guideline Reference:
 
Spatial Representation: The samples were collected at 3 monitoring site(s) (728SSGS02, 728SSGS07, 728SSGS09)
Temporal Representation: The samples were collected between the dates of 2011-05-11 and 2011-05-11
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program  
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 69567, Aldrin
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 46424
 
Pollutant: Aldrin
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Tissue
Matrix: Tissue
Fraction: Fish fillet
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 1
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: Fish tissue analysis
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and results are as follows: 0 of 1 samples exceed the criterion for Aldrin. One composite (20 fish per composite) was generated from one species: Tilapia leucosticta. Details of the compositing protocol can be found in the March 2009 report entitled: "Contaminants in Fish from California Lakes and Reservoirs: Technical Report on Year One of a Two-Year Screening Study" (SWAMP, 2009).
Data Reference: Contaminants in Fish from California Lakes and Reservoirs: Technical Report on Year One of a Two-Year Screening Survey. A Report of the Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP). California State Water Resources Control Board, Sacramento, CA
  Cruise Report for the Surface Waters Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) Bioaccumulation Screening Study in California Lakes and Reservoirs, Sampling Dates: June 2007- March 2008
  Statewide Lakes Sportfish Contamination Study 2007 2008
  Contaminants in Fish from California Lakes and Reservoirs, 2007-2008: Summary Report on a Two-Year Screening Survey
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: No individual chemical or combination of chemicals shall be present in concentrations that adversely affect beneficial uses. There shall be no increase in hazardous chemical concentrations found in bottom sediments or aquatic life (Water Quality Control Plan, Colorado River Basin).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: National Academy of Science guidelines (NAS 1972) establish a maximum Aldrin concentration of 100 ug/Kg (wet weight) in tissue samples for protection of aquatic life from bioaccumulation of toxic substances.
Guideline Reference: National Academy of Sciences. Water Quality Criteria 1972. EPA-R3-73-033. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
 
Spatial Representation: Data for this line of evidence for Salton Sea was collected at 1 monitoring site [ Salton Sea - 728PSS171]. Samples were collected from 1 location. Individual sample locations consisted of an area within a given waterbody from which fish tissue samples were collected. The number of sample locations per waterbody was based on the overall size of the waterbody (SWAMP, 2010). Specifics of individual sampling locations can be found in the supplemental report entitled "Cruise Report for the Surface Waters Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) Bioaccumulation Screening Study in California Lakes and Reservoirs, Sampling Dates: June 2007- March 2008" (SWAMP, 2008).
Temporal Representation: Data was collected on a single day 10/30/2007.
Environmental Conditions: Staff is not aware of any special conditions that might affect interpretation of the data.
QAPP Information: Samples were collected, processed, and analyzed in accordance with the methods described in Quality Assurance Project Plan "Screening Study of Bioaccumulation in California Lakes and Reservoirs." (SWAMP, 2002).
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Management Plan for the State of California's Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program. Sacramento, CA. State Water Resources Control Board. SWAMP. December 2002 (1st version)
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 69567, Aldrin
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 4875
 
Pollutant: Aldrin
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Dissolved
 
Beneficial Use: Commercial or recreational collection of fish, shellfish, or organisms
 
Number of Samples: 1
Number of Exceedances: 1
 
Data and Information Type: Fixed station physical/chemical (conventional plus toxic pollutants)
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Thirty-six water samples were taken at eight locations on the sea. Thirty-five water sample results could not be used in this assessment because the sample results were non-detect and the detection limit was above the criteria concentration. The one acceptable water sample, collected from the Northwest section of the Salton Sea near Mecca, Ca (NW2) on 5/13/2002, exceeded the CTR Criteria (SWAMP, 2007).
Data Reference: Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) Data for organic and inorganic constituents in water and sediment samples collected from water bodies located in the Colorado River Basin-Region 7. May 2002-May 2005.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: California Toxics Rule (CTR) Criteria of 0.00014 ug/l for the protection of human health when consuming organisms from aquatic systems (USEPA, 2000).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Standards 2000. Establishment of numeric criteria for priority toxic pollutants for the State of California: Rules and regulations. Federal Register Vol. 65, No. 97. Washington, D.C.: Environmental Protection Agency
 
Evaluation Guideline:
Guideline Reference:
 
Spatial Representation: Samples were collected from the following Salton Sea location: Salton Sea Drain NW1, Salton Sea Drain NW2, Salton Sea GS2, Salton Sea GS3, Salton Sea GS5, Salton Sea GS7, Salton Sea GS9, Salton Sea GS10.
Temporal Representation: Thirty-six water samples were collected. Water samples were generally collected and analyzed biannually, in May and October, from 5/2002 through 5/2005 from the Salton Sea NW2, GS2, GS7, and GS9 locations. The rest of the locations were sampled in May and October 2002. Samples were not collected from each location every sampling round.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: The sampling and analysis portions of this study were conducted in accordance with the SWAMP Quality Assurance Management Plan (QAMP) (Puckett, 2002).
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Management Plan for the State of California's Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program. Sacramento, CA. State Water Resources Control Board. SWAMP. December 2002 (1st version)
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 69567, Aldrin
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 34807
 
Pollutant: Aldrin
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Commercial or recreational collection of fish, shellfish, or organisms
 
Number of Samples: 0
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Twenty samples were collected but were not used in the assessment because the laboratory data reporting limit was above the guideline and therefore the results could not be quantified with the level of certainty required by the Listing Policy.
Data Reference: RWB7 Trend Monitoring CY2005 CY2006 CY2007 CY2008
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: The Aldrin criteria for the protection of human health from consumption of organisms only is 0.00014 ug/L (California Toxics Rule, 2000).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Code of Federal Regulations 40 part 131.38 Establishment of numeric criteria for priority toxic pollutants for the State of California. 7/1/2011 Edition
 
Evaluation Guideline:
Guideline Reference:
 
Spatial Representation: Data for this line of evidence for Salton Sea was collected at 4 monitoring sites [ Salton Sea USGS2 - 728SSGS02, Salton Sea USGS7 - 728SSGS07, Salton Sea USGS9 - 728SSGS09, Salton Sea Drain NW2 (Torrez Martinez 2) - 728SSDNW2]
Temporal Representation: Data was collected over the time period 10/26/2005-10/29/2008.
Environmental Conditions: Staff is not aware of any special conditions that might affect interpretation of the data.
QAPP Information: The SWAMP QAPP (2008) was followed.
QAPP Information Reference(s): Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program Quality Assurance Program Plan
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 69567, Aldrin
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 128318
 
Pollutant: Aldrin
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Commercial or recreational collection of fish, shellfish, or organisms
 
Number of Samples: 0
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support, and the results are as follows: 0 of the 0 samples exceeded the evaluation guideline for Aldrin. Although a total of 1 samples were collected, 1 of these samples were not included in the assessment because the laboratory data reporting limit(s) was above the objective and therefore the results could not be quantified with the level of certainty required by the Listing Policy Section 6.1.5.5.
Data Reference: Water Quality Assessment Data for the 2018 solicitation cycle submitted through CEDEN for SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: The Aldrin criteria for the protection of human health from consumption of organisms only is 0.00014 ug/L (California Toxics Rule, 2000).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Standards 2000. Establishment of numeric criteria for priority toxic pollutants for the State of California: Rules and regulations. Federal Register Vol. 65, No. 97. Washington, D.C.: Environmental Protection Agency
 
Evaluation Guideline:
Guideline Reference:
 
Spatial Representation: Data was collected from 3 station(s) (Station Code(s) 728SSGS02, 728SSGS07, 728SSGS09).
Temporal Representation: Date for this waterbody was collected over the date range 2011-05-11 to 2011-05-11
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program  
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 69567, Aldrin
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 35176
 
Pollutant: Aldrin
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 20
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and results are as follows: 0 of 20 samples exceed the criterion for Aldrin.
Data Reference: RWB7 Trend Monitoring CY2005 CY2006 CY2007 CY2008
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: The Aldrin criterion maximum concentration to protect aquatic life in freshwater is 3 ug/L (California Toxics Rule, 2000).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Code of Federal Regulations 40 part 131.38 Establishment of numeric criteria for priority toxic pollutants for the State of California. 7/1/2011 Edition
 
Evaluation Guideline:
Guideline Reference:
 
Spatial Representation: Data for this line of evidence for Salton Sea was collected at 4 monitoring sites [ Salton Sea USGS2, Salton Sea USGS7, Salton Sea USGS9, Salton Sea Drain NW2 (Torrez Martinez 2)]
Temporal Representation: Data was collected over the time period 10/26/2005-10/29/2008.
Environmental Conditions: Staff is not aware of any special conditions that might affect interpretation of the data.
QAPP Information: The SWAMP QAPP (2008) was followed.
QAPP Information Reference(s): Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program Quality Assurance Program Plan
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 69567, Aldrin
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 5570
 
Pollutant: Aldrin
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Tissue
Matrix: Tissue
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 31
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: Fish tissue analysis
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Thirty-one fish fillet samples were taken at 3 locations in the sea. The fish samples were generally collected from 5/1980 through 11/2000. Of these total samples, none exceeded the NAS tissue guideline. (TSMP, 2007).
Data Reference: Toxic Substances Monitoring Program (TSMP) Data for organic and inorganic chemicals in fish and sediment samples collected from water bodies located in the Colorado River Basin-Region 7. 1978-2000. State Water Resources Control Board. Sacramento, CA.
 
SWAMP Data: Non-SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: Basin Plan: No individual chemical or combination of chemicals shall be present in concentrations that adversely affect beneficial uses. There shall be no increase in hazardous chemical concentrations found in bottom sediments or aquatic life (CRBRWQCB, 2006).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: National Academy of Science (NAS) tissue guideline of 100 ug/kg for the protection of aquatic life uses (NAS, 1973).
Guideline Reference: National Academy of Sciences. Water Quality Criteria 1972. EPA-R3-73-033. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
 
Spatial Representation: Samples were collected from the following Salton Sea locations: from the North end, the South end, and the West Side.
Temporal Representation: Fish tissue samples were generally collected from 5/1980 through 11/2000. Fish tissue samples were not collected from each location every sampling round. Thirty-one fish fillet samples of tilapia, bairdiella, orangemouth corvina, redbelly tilapia, Mozambique tilapia, and sargo were collected. Nine tilapia fillet composites samples were collected in the years 1984-85, (2)1996, 1997, (2)1998, and (2)2000. Five bairdiella fillet composite samples were collected in 1980, 1985, (2)1989, and 2000. Ten orangemouth corvina fillet composite samples were collected in the years (2)1981, 1984-87, (2)1991, 1997, and 1999. Two orangemouth corvina single fish fillet samples were collected in the year (2)1991. Two redbelly tilapia fillet composite samples were collected in the year (2)1995. One Mozambique tilapia fillet composite sample was collected in the year 1980. Two sargo fillet composite samples were collected in the years 1985, and 1991.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: The field procedures are described in TSMP Data Reports and associated Appendices. CDFG's Laboratory applies Quality Assurance Program Plan procedures for laboratory Quality Assurance and Quality Control, as described in Rasmussen (1993).
QAPP Information Reference(s): Toxic Substances Monitoring Program 1991 Data Report. 93-1WQ. State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), Division of Water Quality. Sacramento, CA.
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 69567, Aldrin
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 5083
 
Pollutant: Aldrin | Chlordane | DDT (Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane) | Dieldrin | Endrin | Heptachlor | Heptachlor epoxide | alpha-Endosulfan (Endosulfan 1) | beta-Endosulfan (Endosulfan 2)
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Dissolved
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 36
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: Fixed station physical/chemical (conventional plus toxic pollutants)
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Thirty-six water quality samples were collected and analyzed biannually from 5/2002 through 5/2005 at eight locations in the Salton Sea. Of these total samples, none exceeded the CTR Criteria (SWAMP, 2007).
Data Reference: Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) Data for organic and inorganic constituents in water and sediment samples collected from water bodies located in the Colorado River Basin-Region 7. May 2002-May 2005.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: California Toxics Rule (CTR) Criterion Maximum Concentrations (CMCs) for the protection of freshwater aquatic life uses were used for the following constituents: 3 ug/l Aldrin, 0.22 ug/l alpha Endosulfan, 0.22 ug/l beta-Endosulfan, 2.4 ug/l Chlordane, 1.1 ug/l DDT, 0.24 ug/l Dieldrin, 0.086 ug/l Endrin, 0.52 ug/l Heptachlor, and 0.52 ug/l Heptachlor epoxide (USEPA, 2000).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Standards 2000. Establishment of numeric criteria for priority toxic pollutants for the State of California: Rules and regulations. Federal Register Vol. 65, No. 97. Washington, D.C.: Environmental Protection Agency
 
Evaluation Guideline:
Guideline Reference:
 
Spatial Representation: Samples were collected from the following Salton Sea location: Salton Sea Drain NW1, Salton Sea Drain NW2, Salton Sea GS2, Salton Sea GS3, Salton Sea GS5, Salton Sea GS7, Salton Sea GS9, and Salton Sea GS10.
Temporal Representation: Thirty-six water samples were collected. Water samples were generally collected and analyzed biannually, in May and October, from 5/2002 through 5/2005 from the Salton Sa NW2, GS2, GS7, and GS9 locations. The rest of the locations were sampled in May and October 2002. Samples were not collected from each location every sampling round.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: The sampling and analysis portions of this study were conducted in accordance with the SWAMP Quality Assurance Management Plan (QAMP) (Puckett, 2002).
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Management Plan for the State of California's Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program. Sacramento, CA. State Water Resources Control Board. SWAMP. December 2002 (1st version)
 
 
DECISION ID
71612
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
Pollutant: Anthracene
Final Listing Decision: Do Not List on 303(d) list (TMDL required list)
Last Listing Cycle's Final Listing Decision: Do Not List on 303(d) list (TMDL required list)(2016)
Revision Status Revised
Impairment from Pollutant or Pollution: Pollutant
 
Regional Board Conclusion: This pollutant is being considered for placement on the section 303(d) list under section 3.1 and 3.6 of the Listing Policy.

Under section 3.1 a single line of evidence is necessary to assess listing status.

Under section 3.6 at least two lines of evidence are necessary to assess listing status for pollutants sediment, and pollutant concentrations in sediment must be associated with sediment toxicity to justify adding that pollutant to the CWA section 303(d) List.

Four lines of evidence are available in the administrative record to assess this pollutant.

None of the samples exceed the objectives.

Based on the readily available data and information, the weight of evidence indicates that there is sufficient justification against placing this water segment-pollutant combination on the section 303(d) list in the Water Quality Limited Segments category.

This conclusion is based on the staff findings that:
1. The data used satisfies the data quality requirements of section 6.1.4 of the Policy.
2. The data used satisfies the data quantity requirements of section 6.1.5 of the Policy.
3. None of the samples exceed the objectives.

This does not exceed the allowable frequency listed in Table 3.1 of the Listing Policy

4. Pursuant to section 3.11 of the Listing Policy, no additional data and information are available indicating that standards are not met.
 
Regional Board Decision Recommendation: After review of the available data and information, RWQCB staff concludes that the water body-pollutant combination should not be placed on the section 303(d) list because applicable water quality standards are not being exceeded.
 
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 71612, Anthracene
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 125751
 
Pollutant: Anthracene
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Sediment
Matrix: Sediment
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 3
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and the results are as follows: 0 of the 3 samples exceeded the evaluation guideline for Anthracene .
Data Reference: Water Quality Assessment Data for the 2018 solicitation cycle submitted through CEDEN for SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: All waters shall be maintained free of toxic substances in concentrations which are toxic to, or which produce detrimental physiological responses in, human, plant, animal, or aquatic life. There shall be no increase in hazardous chemical concentrations found in bottom sediments or aquatic life. (Water Quality Control Plan, Colorado River Basin)
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin Region (Includes amendments effective on or before January 8, 2019)
 
Evaluation Guideline: The evaluation guideline for Anthrazene from MacDonald et al., 2000a which states that the probable effect concentration for Anthrazene is 845 ug/kg. (dw = Dry Weight)
Guideline Reference: Development and evaluation of consensus-based sediment quality guidelines for freshwater ecosystems. Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 39: 20-31
 
Spatial Representation: Data were collected from 3 (Station Codes: 728SSGS09, 728SSGS07, 728SSGS02).
Temporal Representation: Data for this waterbody were collected over the date range 2011-05-11 to 2011-05-11
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program  
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 71612, Anthracene
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 32804
 
Pollutant: Anthracene
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Sediment
Matrix: Sediment
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 14
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Zero of the 14 samples collected for Anthracene (sum of c0-c4) exceed the evaluation guideline.
Data Reference: RWB7 Trend Monitoring CY2005 CY2006 CY2007 CY2008
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: No individual chemical or combination of chemicals shall be present in concentrations that adversely affect beneficial uses. There shall be no increase in hazardous chemical concentrations found in bottom sediments or aquatic life (Colorado River Basin Plan).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: The Probable Effect Concentration for anthracene in freshwater sediments is 845 ug/kg.
Guideline Reference: Development and evaluation of consensus-based sediment quality guidelines for freshwater ecosystems. Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 39: 20-31
 
Spatial Representation: Data were collected at the following stations: Salton Sea Drain NW2 (Torrez Martinez 2) - 728SSDNW2, Salton Sea USGS2 - 728SSGS02, Salton Sea USGS7 - 728SSGS07, Salton Sea USGS9 - 728SSGS09.
Temporal Representation: The samples were collected on 10/26/2005-4/22/2008.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: The SWAMP QAPP (2008) was followed.
QAPP Information Reference(s): Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program Quality Assurance Program Plan
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 71612, Anthracene
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 5088
 
Pollutant: Acenaphthene | Anthracene | Endosulfan sulfate | Endrin | Endrin aldehyde | Fluoranthene | Fluorene | Pyrene | alpha-Endosulfan (Endosulfan 1) | alpha.-BHC (Benzenehexachloride or alpha-HCH) | beta-BHC (Benzenehexachloride or beta-HCH) | beta-Endosulfan (Endosulfan 2)
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Dissolved
 
Beneficial Use: Commercial or recreational collection of fish, shellfish, or organisms
 
Number of Samples: 36
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: Fixed station physical/chemical (conventional plus toxic pollutants)
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Thirty-six water quality samples were collected and analyzed biannually from 5/2002 through 5/2005 at eight locations in the Salton Sea. Of these total samples, none exceeded the CTR Criteria (SWAMP, 2007).
Data Reference: Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) Data for organic and inorganic constituents in water and sediment samples collected from water bodies located in the Colorado River Basin-Region 7. May 2002-May 2005.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: California Toxics Rule (CTR) Criteria for the protection of human health when consuming organisms from aquatic systems were used for the following constituents: 2700 ug/l Acenaphthene, 0.014 ug/l alpha-BHC, 240 ug/l alpha-Endosulfan, 110000 ug/l Anthracene, 0.046 ug/l beta-BHC, 240 ug/l beta-Endosulfan, 240 ug/l Endosulfan Sulfate, 0.81 ug/l Endrin, 0.81 ug/l Endrin Aldehyde, 370 ug/l Fluoranthene, 14000 ug/l Fluorene, and 11000 ug/l Pyrene (USEPA, 2000).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Standards 2000. Establishment of numeric criteria for priority toxic pollutants for the State of California: Rules and regulations. Federal Register Vol. 65, No. 97. Washington, D.C.: Environmental Protection Agency
 
Evaluation Guideline:
Guideline Reference:
 
Spatial Representation: Samples were collected from the following Salton Sea location: Salton Sea Drain NW1, Salton Sea Drain NW2, Salton Sea GS2, Salton Sea GS3, Salton Sea GS5, Salton Sea GS7, Salton Sea GS9, Salton Sea GS10.
Temporal Representation: Thirty-six water samples were collected. Water samples were generally collected and analyzed biannually, in May and October, from 5/2002 through 5/2005 from the Salton Sea NW2, GS2, GS7, and GS9 locations. The rest of the locations were sampled in May and October 2002. Samples were not collected from each location every sampling round.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: The sampling and analysis portions of this study were conducted in accordance with the SWAMP Quality Assurance Management Plan (QAMP) (Puckett, 2002).
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Management Plan for the State of California's Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program. Sacramento, CA. State Water Resources Control Board. SWAMP. December 2002 (1st version)
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 71612, Anthracene
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 128145
 
Pollutant: Anthracene
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Commercial or recreational collection of fish, shellfish, or organisms
 
Number of Samples: 3
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and results are as follows: 0 of 3 samples exceeded the water quality standard for Anthracene.
Data Reference: Water Quality Assessment Data for the 2018 solicitation cycle submitted through CEDEN for SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: The Anthracene criteria for the protection of human health from consumption of organisms only is 110,000 ug/L (California Toxics Rule, 2000).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Standards 2000. Establishment of numeric criteria for priority toxic pollutants for the State of California: Rules and regulations. Federal Register Vol. 65, No. 97. Washington, D.C.: Environmental Protection Agency
 
Evaluation Guideline:
Guideline Reference:
 
Spatial Representation: The samples were collected at 3 monitoring site(s) (728SSGS02, 728SSGS07, 728SSGS09)
Temporal Representation: The samples were collected between the dates of 2011-05-11 and 2011-05-11
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program  
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program
 
 
DECISION ID
78304
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
Pollutant: Atrazine
Final Listing Decision: Do Not List on 303(d) list (TMDL required list)
Last Listing Cycle's Final Listing Decision: Do Not List on 303(d) list (TMDL required list)(2016)
Revision Status Revised
Impairment from Pollutant or Pollution: Pollutant
 
Regional Board Conclusion: This pollutant is being considered for placement on the section 303(d) list under section 3.1 of the Listing Policy. Under this section a single line of evidence is necessary to assess listing status.

Two lines of evidence is available in the administrative record to assess this pollutant.

Zero of 20 water samples exceeded the USEPA Office of Pesticide Programs Ecotoxicity database, the aquatic life EC50 for the "Warm Freshwater Habitat" beneficial use(s) assessed.

Zero of three the USEPA Aquatic Life Benchmark of < 1 ug/L for a nonvascular plant (acute) for the "Warm Freshwater Habitat" beneficial use(s) assessed.

Based on the readily available data and information, the weight of evidence indicates that there is sufficient justification against placing this water segment-pollutant combination on the section 303(d) list in the Water Quality Limited Segments category.

This conclusion is based on the staff findings that:
1. The data used satisfies the data quality requirements of section 6.1.4 of the Policy.
2. The data used satisfies the data quantity requirements of section 6.1.5 of the Policy.
3. Zero of 20 water samples exceeded the USEPA Office of Pesticide Programs Ecotoxicity database, the aquatic life EC50 for the "Warm Freshwater Habitat" beneficial use(s) assessed.

Zero of three the USEPA Aquatic Life Benchmark of < 1 ug/L for a nonvascular plant (acute) for the "Warm Freshwater Habitat" beneficial use(s) assessed.

This does not exceed the allowable frequency listed in Table 3.1 of the Listing Policy.

4. Pursuant to section 3.11 of the Listing Policy, no additional data and information are available indicating that standards are not met.
 
Regional Board Decision Recommendation: After review of the available data and information, RWQCB staff concludes that the water body-pollutant combination should not be placed on the section 303(d) list because applicable water quality standards are not being exceeded.
 
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 78304, Atrazine
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 128627
 
Pollutant: Atrazine
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 3
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and results are as follows: 0 of 3 samples exceeded the water quality standard for Atrazine.
Data Reference: Water Quality Assessment Data for the 2018 solicitation cycle submitted through CEDEN for SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: No individual chemical or combination of chemicals shall be present in concentrations that adversely affect beneficial uses.
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin Region (Includes amendments effective on or before January 8, 2019)
 
Evaluation Guideline: The evaluation guideline for Atrazine is the USEPA Aquatic Life Benchmark of < 1 ug/L for a nonvascular plant (acute). The benchmark was derived from a \less-than\" value (for example, <1,500) and may underestimate toxicity."
Guideline Reference: OPP Aquatic Life Benchmarks
 
Spatial Representation: The samples were collected at 3 monitoring site(s) (728SSGS02, 728SSGS07, 728SSGS09)
Temporal Representation: The samples were collected between the dates of 2011-05-11 and 2011-05-11
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program  
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 78304, Atrazine
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 35286
 
Pollutant: Atrazine
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 20
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and results are as follows: 0 of 20 samples exceed the criterion for Atrazine.
Data Reference: RWB7 Trend Monitoring CY2005 CY2006 CY2007 CY2008
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: All waters shall be maintained free of toxic substances in concentrations which are toxic to, or which produce detrimental phyusiological responses in human, plant, animal, or indigenous aquatic life. (Colorado River Basin)
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: According to the USEPA Office of Pesticide Programs Ecotoxicity database, the aquatic life EC50 for Atrazine is 43 ug/L.
Guideline Reference: OPP Pesticide Ecotoxicity Database.
 
Spatial Representation: Data for this line of evidence for Salton Sea was collected at 4 monitoring sites [ Salton Sea USGS2 - 728SSGS02, Salton Sea USGS7 - 728SSGS07, Salton Sea USGS9 - 728SSGS09, Salton Sea Drain NW2 (Torrez Martinez 2) - 728SSDNW2]
Temporal Representation: Data was collected over the time period 10/26/2005-10/29/2008.
Environmental Conditions: Staff is not aware of any special conditions that might affect interpretation of the data.
QAPP Information: The SWAMP QAPP (2008) was followed.
QAPP Information Reference(s): Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program Quality Assurance Program Plan
 
 
DECISION ID
103151
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
Pollutant: Azinphos-methyl (Guthion)
Final Listing Decision: Do Not List on 303(d) list (TMDL required list)
Last Listing Cycle's Final Listing Decision: New Decision
Revision Status Revised
Impairment from Pollutant or Pollution: Pollutant
 
Regional Board Conclusion: This pollutant is being considered for placement on the section 303(d) list under section 3.1 of the Listing Policy. Under section 3.1 a single line of evidence is necessary to assess listing status.

Three lines of evidence are available in the administrative record to assess this pollutant. None of the samples exceed the water quality objective.

Based on the readily available data and information, the weight of evidence indicates that there is sufficient justification against placing this water segment-pollutant combination on the section 303(d) list in the Water Quality Limited Segments category.

This conclusion is based on the staff findings that:
1. The data used satisfies the data quality requirements of section 6.1.4 of the Policy.
2. The data used satisfies the data quantity requirements of section 6.1.5 of the Policy.
3. None of the samples exceed the water quality objective.

Forty-nine samples were collected. Twenty-one samples were collected but were not used in the assessment because the laboratory data reporting limit was above the guideline and therefore the results could not be quantified with the level of certainty required by the Listing Policy.

This does not exceed the allowable frequency listed in Table 3.1 of the Listing Policy.
4. Pursuant to section 3.11 of the Listing Policy, no additional data and information are available indicating that standards are not met.
 
Regional Board Decision Recommendation: After review of the available data and information, RWQCB staff concludes that the water body-pollutant combination should not be placed on the section 303(d) list because applicable water quality standards are not being exceeded.
 
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 103151, Azinphos-methyl (Guthion)
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 29902
 
Pollutant: Azinphos, Ethyl (Ethyl Guthion) | Azinphos-methyl (Guthion)
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Dissolved
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 28
Number of Exceedances:
 
Data and Information Type: Fixed station physical/chemical (conventional plus toxic pollutants)
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Twenty-eight water quality samples were collected and analyzed biannually from 5/2002 through 5/2004 at eight locations in the Salton Sea (SWAMP, 2006).
Data Reference: Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) Data for organic and inorganic constituents in water and sediment samples collected from water bodies located in the Colorado River Basin- Region 7. May 2002 - May 2004.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: Basin Plan: No individual chemical or combination of chemicals shall be present in concentrations that adversely affect beneficial uses (CRBRWQCB, 2006).

No evaluation guidelines for the dissolved fractions of Azinphos, methyl, or Azinphos, ethyl for the protection of human, animal or aquatic life in fresh waters could be found that met the requirements of Section 6.1.3 of the Listing Policy.
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline:
Guideline Reference:
 
Spatial Representation: Samples were collected from the following Salton Sea location: Salton Sea Drain NW1, Salton Sea Drain NW2, Salton Sea GS2, Salton Sea GS3, Salton Sea GS5, Salton Sea GS7, Salton Sea GS9, and Salton Sea GS10.
Temporal Representation: Twenty-eight water samples were collected. Water samples were generally collected and analyzed biannually, in May and October, from 5/2002 through 5/2004 from the Salton Sea NW2, GS2, GS7, and GS9 locations. The locations Salton Sea NW1, GS3, GS5, and GS10 were sampled in May and October of 2002.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: The sampling and analysis portions of this study were conducted in accordance with the SWAMP Quality Assurance Management Plan (QAMP) (Puckett, 2002).
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Management Plan for the State of California's Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program. Sacramento, CA. State Water Resources Control Board. SWAMP. December 2002 (1st version)
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 103151, Azinphos-methyl (Guthion)
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 35311
 
Pollutant: Azinphos-methyl (Guthion)
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 0
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Twenty samples were collected but were not used in the assessment because the laboratory data reporting limit was above the guideline and therefore the results could not be quantified with the level of certainty required by the Listing Policy.
Data Reference: RWB7 Trend Monitoring CY2005 CY2006 CY2007 CY2008
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: All waters shall be maintained free of toxic substances in concentrations which are toxic to, or which produce detrimental physiological responses in, human, plant, animal, or aquatic life (Water Quality Control Plan, Colorado River Basin).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: The National Recommended Water Quality Criteria for Azinphos Methyl (Guthion) for the protection of freshwater aquatic life is a maximum of 0.01 ug/l.
Guideline Reference: National Recommended Water Quality Criteria. United States Environmental Protection Agency. Office of Water. Office of Science and Technology
 
Spatial Representation: Data for this line of evidence for Salton Sea was collected at 4 monitoring sites [ Salton Sea USGS2, Salton Sea USGS7, Salton Sea USGS9, Salton Sea Drain NW2 (Torrez Martinez 2)]
Temporal Representation: Data was collected over the time period 10/26/2005-10/29/2008.
Environmental Conditions: Staff is not aware of any special conditions that might affect interpretation of the data.
QAPP Information: The SWAMP QAPP (2008) was followed.
QAPP Information Reference(s): Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program Quality Assurance Program Plan
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 103151, Azinphos-methyl (Guthion)
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 127443
 
Pollutant: Azinphos-methyl (Guthion)
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 0
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support, and the results are as follows: 0 of the 0 samples exceeded the evaluation guideline for Azinphos Methyl. Although a total of 1 samples were collected, 1 of these samples were not included in the assessment because the laboratory data reporting limit(s) was above the objective and therefore the results could not be quantified with the level of certainty required by the Listing Policy Section 6.1.5.5.
Data Reference: Water Quality Assessment Data for the 2018 solicitation cycle submitted through CEDEN for SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: All waters shall be maintained free of toxic substances in concentrations which are toxic to, or which produce detrimental physiological responses in, human, plant, animal, or aquatic life (Water Quality Control Plan, Colorado River Basin).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin Region (Includes amendments effective on or before January 8, 2019)
 
Evaluation Guideline: The National Recommended Water Quality Criteria for Azinphos Methyl (Guthion) expressed as a 4-day average for the protection of freshwater aquatic life is a maximum of 0.01 ug/l.
Guideline Reference: National Recommended Water Quality Criteria. United States Environmental Protection Agency. Office of Water. Office of Science and Technology
 
Spatial Representation: Data was collected from 3 station(s) (Station Code(s) 728SSGS02, 728SSGS07, 728SSGS09).
Temporal Representation: Date for this waterbody was collected over the date range 2011-05-11 to 2011-05-11
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program  
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program
 
 
DECISION ID
70639
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
Pollutant: Benzo(a)anthracene
Final Listing Decision: Do Not List on 303(d) list (TMDL required list)
Last Listing Cycle's Final Listing Decision: Do Not List on 303(d) list (TMDL required list)(2016)
Revision Status Revised
Impairment from Pollutant or Pollution: Pollutant
 
Regional Board Conclusion: This pollutant is being considered for placement on the section 303(d) list under section 3.1 and 3.5 of the Listing Policy. Under section 3.1 and 3.5, a single line of evidence is necessary to assess listing status.

Four lines of evidence are available in the administrative record to assess this pollutant. None of the samples exceed the water quality objective.

Based on the readily available data and information, the weight of evidence indicates that there is sufficient justification against placing this water segment-pollutant combination on the section 303(d) list in the Water Quality Limited Segments category.

This conclusion is based on the staff findings that:
1. The data used satisfies the data quality requirements of section 6.1.4 of the Policy.
2. The data used satisfies the data quantity requirements of section 6.1.5 of the Policy.
3. None of the samples exceed the water quality objective.

This does not exceed the allowable frequency listed in Table 3.1 of the Listing Policy.
4. Pursuant to section 3.11 of the Listing Policy, no additional data and information are available indicating that standards are not met.
 
Regional Board Decision Recommendation: After review of the available data and information, RWQCB staff concludes that the water body-pollutant combination should not be placed on the section 303(d) list because applicable water quality standards are not being exceeded.
 
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 70639, Benzo(a)anthracene
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 35351
 
Pollutant: Benzo(a)anthracene
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Sediment
Matrix: Sediment
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 14
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and results are as follows: 0 of 14 samples exceed the criterion for Benz(a)anthracene.
Data Reference: RWB7 Trend Monitoring CY2005 CY2006 CY2007 CY2008
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: All waters shall be maintained free of toxic substances in concentrations which are toxic to, or which produce detrimental physiological responses in, human, plant, animal, or aquatic life (Water Quality Control Plan, Colorado River Basin).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: In freshwater sediments the probable effect concentration (predictive of sediment toxicity) for Benzo(a)anthracene is 1050 ug/Kg dry weight (MacDonald et al. 2000).
Guideline Reference: Development and evaluation of consensus-based sediment quality guidelines for freshwater ecosystems. Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 39: 20-31
 
Spatial Representation: Data for this line of evidence for Salton Sea was collected at 4 monitoring sites [ Salton Sea USGS2, Salton Sea USGS7, Salton Sea USGS9, Salton Sea Drain NW2 (Torrez Martinez 2)]
Temporal Representation: Data was collected over the time period 10/26/2005-4/22/2008.
Environmental Conditions: Staff is not aware of any special conditions that might affect interpretation of the data.
QAPP Information: The SWAMP QAPP (2008) was followed.
QAPP Information Reference(s): Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program Quality Assurance Program Plan
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 70639, Benzo(a)anthracene
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 125664
 
Pollutant: Benzo(a)anthracene
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Sediment
Matrix: Sediment
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 3
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and the results are as follows: 0 of the 3 samples exceeded the evaluation guideline for Benz(a)anthracene .
Data Reference: Water Quality Assessment Data for the 2018 solicitation cycle submitted through CEDEN for SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: All waters shall be maintained free of toxic substances in concentrations which are toxic to, or which produce detrimental physiological responses in, human, plant, animal, or aquatic life. There shall be no increase in hazardous chemical concentrations found in bottom sediments or aquatic life. (Water Quality Control Plan, Colorado River Basin)
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin Region (Includes amendments effective on or before January 8, 2019)
 
Evaluation Guideline: The evaluation guideline for Benz[a]anthrazene from MacDonald et al., 2000a which states that the probable effect concentration for Benz[a]anthrazene is 1050 ug/kg. (dw = Dry Weight)
Guideline Reference: Development and evaluation of consensus-based sediment quality guidelines for freshwater ecosystems. Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 39: 20-31
 
Spatial Representation: Data were collected from 3 (Station Codes: 728SSGS02, 728SSGS07, 728SSGS09).
Temporal Representation: Data for this waterbody were collected over the date range 2011-05-11 to 2011-05-11
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program  
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 70639, Benzo(a)anthracene
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 128068
 
Pollutant: Benzo(a)anthracene
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Commercial or recreational collection of fish, shellfish, or organisms
 
Number of Samples: 3
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and results are as follows: 0 of 3 samples exceeded the water quality standard for Benz(a)anthracene.
Data Reference: Water Quality Assessment Data for the 2018 solicitation cycle submitted through CEDEN for SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: The Benzo(a)anthracene criteria for the protection of human health from consumption of organisms only is 0.049 ug/L (California Toxics Rule, 2000).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Standards 2000. Establishment of numeric criteria for priority toxic pollutants for the State of California: Rules and regulations. Federal Register Vol. 65, No. 97. Washington, D.C.: Environmental Protection Agency
 
Evaluation Guideline:
Guideline Reference:
 
Spatial Representation: The samples were collected at 3 monitoring site(s) (728SSGS02, 728SSGS07, 728SSGS09)
Temporal Representation: The samples were collected between the dates of 2011-05-11 and 2011-05-11
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program  
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 70639, Benzo(a)anthracene
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 5092
 
Pollutant: Benzo(a)anthracene | Benzo(a)pyrene (3,4-Benzopyrene -7-d) | Benzo[b]fluoranthene | Benzo[k]fluoranthene | Chrysene (C1-C4) | Dibenz[a,h]anthracene | Indeno[1,2,3-cd]pyrene
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Dissolved
 
Beneficial Use: Commercial or recreational collection of fish, shellfish, or organisms
 
Number of Samples: 28
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: Fixed station physical/chemical (conventional plus toxic pollutants)
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Twenty-eight water quality samples were collected and analyzed biannually from 5/2002 through 5/2005 at eight locations in the Salton Sea. Of these total samples, none exceeded the CTR Criteria (SWAMP, 2007).
Data Reference: Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) Data for organic and inorganic constituents in water and sediment samples collected from water bodies located in the Colorado River Basin-Region 7. May 2002-May 2005.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: California Toxics Rule (CTR) Criteria for the protection of human health when consuming organisms from aquatic systems were used for the following constituents: 0.049 ug/l Benzo[a]Anthracene, 0.049 ug/l Benzo[a]Pyrene, 0.049 ug/l Benzo[b]Fluoranthene, 0.049 ug/l Benzo[k]Fluoranthene, 0.049 ug/l Chrysene, 0.049 ug/l Dibenzo(a,h)Anthracene, and 0.049 ug/l Indeno(1,2,3-cd) Pyrene (USEPA, 2000).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Standards 2000. Establishment of numeric criteria for priority toxic pollutants for the State of California: Rules and regulations. Federal Register Vol. 65, No. 97. Washington, D.C.: Environmental Protection Agency
 
Evaluation Guideline:
Guideline Reference:
 
Spatial Representation: Samples were collected from the following Salton Sea location: Salton Sea Drain NW1, Salton Sea Drain NW2, Salton Sea GS2, Salton Sea GS3, Salton Sea GS5, Salton Sea GS7, Salton Sea GS9, and Salton Sea GS10.
Temporal Representation: Twenty-eight water samples were collected. Water samples were generally collected and analyzed biannually, in May and October, from 5/2002 through 5/2005 from the Salton Sea NW2, GS2, GS7, and GS9 locations. The rest of the locations were sampled in May and October 2002. Samples were not collected from each location every sampling round.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: The sampling and analysis portions of this study were conducted in accordance with the SWAMP Quality Assurance Management Plan (QAMP) (Puckett, 2002).
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Management Plan for the State of California's Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program. Sacramento, CA. State Water Resources Control Board. SWAMP. December 2002 (1st version)
 
 
DECISION ID
70984
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
Pollutant: Benzo(a)pyrene (3,4-Benzopyrene -7-d)
Final Listing Decision: Do Not List on 303(d) list (TMDL required list)
Last Listing Cycle's Final Listing Decision: Do Not List on 303(d) list (TMDL required list)(2016)
Revision Status Revised
Impairment from Pollutant or Pollution: Pollutant
 
Regional Board Conclusion: This pollutant is being considered for placement on the section 303(d) list under sections 3.1 and 3.6 of the Listing Policy.

Under section 3.1 a single line of evidence is necessary to assess listing status.

Under section 3.6 at least two lines of evidence are necessary to assess listing status for pollutants sediment, and pollutant concentrations in sediment must be associated with sediment toxicity to justify adding that pollutant to the CWA section 303(d) List

Five lines of evidence are available in the administrative record to assess this pollutant. None of the samples exceed the water quality objective.

Based on the readily available data and information, the weight of evidence indicates that there is sufficient justification against placing this water segment-pollutant combination on the section 303(d) list in the Water Quality Limited Segments category.

This conclusion is based on the staff findings that:
1. The data used satisfies the data quality requirements of section 6.1.4 of the Policy.
2. The data used satisfies the data quantity requirements of section 6.1.5 of the Policy.
3. None of the samples exceed the water quality objective.

This does not exceed the allowable frequency listed in Table 3.1 of the Listing Policy.
4. Pursuant to section 3.11 of the Listing Policy, no additional data and information are available indicating that standards are not met.
 
Regional Board Decision Recommendation: After review of the available data and information, RWQCB staff concludes that the water body-pollutant combination should not be placed on the section 303(d) list because applicable water quality standards are not being exceeded.
 
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 70984, Benzo(a)pyrene (3,4-Benzopyrene -7-d)
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 127077
 
Pollutant: Benzo(a)pyrene (3,4-Benzopyrene -7-d)
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Commercial or recreational collection of fish, shellfish, or organisms
 
Number of Samples: 3
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and results are as follows: 0 of 3 samples exceeded the water quality standard for Benzo(a)pyrene.
Data Reference: Water Quality Assessment Data for the 2018 solicitation cycle submitted through CEDEN for SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: The Benzo(a)Pyrene criteria for the protection of human health from consumption of organisms only is 0.049 ug/L (California Toxics Rule, 2000).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Standards 2000. Establishment of numeric criteria for priority toxic pollutants for the State of California: Rules and regulations. Federal Register Vol. 65, No. 97. Washington, D.C.: Environmental Protection Agency
 
Evaluation Guideline:
Guideline Reference:
 
Spatial Representation: The samples were collected at 3 monitoring site(s) (728SSGS02, 728SSGS07, 728SSGS09)
Temporal Representation: The samples were collected between the dates of 2011-05-11 and 2011-05-11
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program  
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 70984, Benzo(a)pyrene (3,4-Benzopyrene -7-d)
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 35184
 
Pollutant: Benzo(a)pyrene (3,4-Benzopyrene -7-d)
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Sediment
Matrix: Sediment
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 14
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and results are as follows: 0 of 14 samples exceed the criterion for Benzo(a)pyrene.
Data Reference: RWB7 Trend Monitoring CY2005 CY2006 CY2007 CY2008
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: All waters shall be maintained free of toxic substances in concentrations which are toxic to, or which produce detrimental physiological responses in, human, plant, animal, or aquatic life (Water Quality Control Plan, Colorado River Basin).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: In freshwater sediments the probable effect concentration (predictive of sediment toxicity) for Benzo(a)Pyrene is 1450 ug/Kg dry weight (Macdonald et al. 2000)
Guideline Reference: Development and evaluation of consensus-based sediment quality guidelines for freshwater ecosystems. Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 39: 20-31
 
Spatial Representation: Data for this line of evidence for Salton Sea was collected at 4 monitoring sites [ Salton Sea USGS2, Salton Sea USGS7, Salton Sea USGS9, Salton Sea Drain NW2 (Torrez Martinez 2)]
Temporal Representation: Data was collected over the time period 10/26/2005-4/22/2008.
Environmental Conditions: Staff is not aware of any special conditions that might affect interpretation of the data.
QAPP Information: The SWAMP QAPP (2008) was followed.
QAPP Information Reference(s): Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program Quality Assurance Program Plan
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 70984, Benzo(a)pyrene (3,4-Benzopyrene -7-d)
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 4965
 
Pollutant: Benzo(a)pyrene (3,4-Benzopyrene -7-d)
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Sediment
Matrix: Sediment
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 36
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: Fixed station physical/chemical (conventional plus toxic pollutants)
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Thirty-six sediment quality samples were generally collected and analyzed biannually from 5/2002 through 5/2005 at 8 locations in the Salton Sea. Of these total samples, none exceeded the PEC (SWAMP, 2007).
Data Reference: Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) Data for organic and inorganic constituents in water and sediment samples collected from water bodies located in the Colorado River Basin-Region 7. May 2002-May 2005.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: Basin Plan: No individual chemical or combination of chemicals shall be present in concentrations that adversely affect beneficial uses. There shall be no increase in hazardous chemical concentrations found in bottom sediments or aquatic life (CRBRWQCB, 2006).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: Consensus Based Sediment Quality Guideline Probable Effects Concentration (PEC) of 1450 ug/kg for the protection of freshwater organisms to toxic effects (Macdonald et al, 2000).
Guideline Reference: Development and evaluation of consensus-based sediment quality guidelines for freshwater ecosystems. Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 39: 20-31
 
Spatial Representation: Samples were collected from the following Salton Sea location: Salton Sea Drain NW1, Salton Sea Drain NW2, Salton Sea GS2, Salton Sea GS3, Salton Sea GS5, Salton Sea GS7, Salton Sea GS9, Salton Sea GS10.
Temporal Representation: Thirty-six sediment samples were collected. Sediment samples were generally collected and analyzed biannually, in May and October, from 5/2002 through 5/2005 from the Salton Sa NW2, GS2, GS7, and GS9 locations. The rest of the locations were sampled in May and October 2002. Samples were not collected from each location every sampling round.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: The sampling and analysis portions of this study were conducted in accordance with the SWAMP Quality Assurance Management Plan (QAMP) (Puckett, 2002).
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Management Plan for the State of California's Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program. Sacramento, CA. State Water Resources Control Board. SWAMP. December 2002 (1st version)
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 70984, Benzo(a)pyrene (3,4-Benzopyrene -7-d)
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 125911
 
Pollutant: Benzo(a)pyrene (3,4-Benzopyrene -7-d)
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Sediment
Matrix: Sediment
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 3
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and the results are as follows: 0 of the 3 samples exceeded the evaluation guideline for Benzo(a)pyrene .
Data Reference: Water Quality Assessment Data for the 2018 solicitation cycle submitted through CEDEN for SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: All waters shall be maintained free of toxic substances in concentrations which are toxic to, or which produce detrimental physiological responses in, human, plant, animal, or aquatic life. There shall be no increase in hazardous chemical concentrations found in bottom sediments or aquatic life. (Water Quality Control Plan, Colorado River Basin)
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin Region (Includes amendments effective on or before January 8, 2019)
 
Evaluation Guideline: The evaluation guideline for Benzo[a]pyrene from MacDonald et al., 2000a which states that the probable effect concentration for Benzo[a]pyrene is 1450 ug/kg. (dw = Dry Weight)
Guideline Reference: Development and evaluation of consensus-based sediment quality guidelines for freshwater ecosystems. Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 39: 20-31
 
Spatial Representation: Data were collected from 3 (Station Codes: 728SSGS02, 728SSGS07, 728SSGS09).
Temporal Representation: Data for this waterbody were collected over the date range 2011-05-11 to 2011-05-11
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program  
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 70984, Benzo(a)pyrene (3,4-Benzopyrene -7-d)
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 5092
 
Pollutant: Benzo(a)anthracene | Benzo(a)pyrene (3,4-Benzopyrene -7-d) | Benzo[b]fluoranthene | Benzo[k]fluoranthene | Chrysene (C1-C4) | Dibenz[a,h]anthracene | Indeno[1,2,3-cd]pyrene
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Dissolved
 
Beneficial Use: Commercial or recreational collection of fish, shellfish, or organisms
 
Number of Samples: 28
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: Fixed station physical/chemical (conventional plus toxic pollutants)
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Twenty-eight water quality samples were collected and analyzed biannually from 5/2002 through 5/2005 at eight locations in the Salton Sea. Of these total samples, none exceeded the CTR Criteria (SWAMP, 2007).
Data Reference: Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) Data for organic and inorganic constituents in water and sediment samples collected from water bodies located in the Colorado River Basin-Region 7. May 2002-May 2005.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: California Toxics Rule (CTR) Criteria for the protection of human health when consuming organisms from aquatic systems were used for the following constituents: 0.049 ug/l Benzo[a]Anthracene, 0.049 ug/l Benzo[a]Pyrene, 0.049 ug/l Benzo[b]Fluoranthene, 0.049 ug/l Benzo[k]Fluoranthene, 0.049 ug/l Chrysene, 0.049 ug/l Dibenzo(a,h)Anthracene, and 0.049 ug/l Indeno(1,2,3-cd) Pyrene (USEPA, 2000).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Standards 2000. Establishment of numeric criteria for priority toxic pollutants for the State of California: Rules and regulations. Federal Register Vol. 65, No. 97. Washington, D.C.: Environmental Protection Agency
 
Evaluation Guideline:
Guideline Reference:
 
Spatial Representation: Samples were collected from the following Salton Sea location: Salton Sea Drain NW1, Salton Sea Drain NW2, Salton Sea GS2, Salton Sea GS3, Salton Sea GS5, Salton Sea GS7, Salton Sea GS9, and Salton Sea GS10.
Temporal Representation: Twenty-eight water samples were collected. Water samples were generally collected and analyzed biannually, in May and October, from 5/2002 through 5/2005 from the Salton Sea NW2, GS2, GS7, and GS9 locations. The rest of the locations were sampled in May and October 2002. Samples were not collected from each location every sampling round.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: The sampling and analysis portions of this study were conducted in accordance with the SWAMP Quality Assurance Management Plan (QAMP) (Puckett, 2002).
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Management Plan for the State of California's Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program. Sacramento, CA. State Water Resources Control Board. SWAMP. December 2002 (1st version)
 
 
DECISION ID
70300
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
Pollutant: Benzo[b]fluoranthene
Final Listing Decision: Do Not List on 303(d) list (TMDL required list)
Last Listing Cycle's Final Listing Decision: Do Not List on 303(d) list (TMDL required list)(2016)
Revision Status Revised
Impairment from Pollutant or Pollution: Pollutant
 
Regional Board Conclusion: This pollutant is being considered for placement on the section 303(d) list under section 3.1 of the Listing Policy. Under section 3.1 a single line of evidence is necessary to assess listing status.

Two lines of evidence are available in the administrative record to assess this pollutant. None of the samples exceed the water quality objective.

Based on the readily available data and information, the weight of evidence indicates that there is sufficient justification against placing this water segment-pollutant combination on the section 303(d) list in the Water Quality Limited Segments category.

This conclusion is based on the staff findings that:
1. The data used satisfies the data quality requirements of section 6.1.4 of the Policy.
2. The data used satisfies the data quantity requirements of section 6.1.5 of the Policy.
3. None of the samples exceed the water quality objective and this does not exceed the allowable frequency listed in Table 3.1 of the Listing Policy.
4. Pursuant to section 3.11 of the Listing Policy, no additional data and information are available indicating that standards are not met.
 
Regional Board Decision Recommendation: After review of the available data and information, RWQCB staff concludes that the water body-pollutant combination should not be placed on the section 303(d) list because applicable water quality standards are not being exceeded.
 
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 70300, Benzo[b]fluoranthene
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 5092
 
Pollutant: Benzo(a)anthracene | Benzo(a)pyrene (3,4-Benzopyrene -7-d) | Benzo[b]fluoranthene | Benzo[k]fluoranthene | Chrysene (C1-C4) | Dibenz[a,h]anthracene | Indeno[1,2,3-cd]pyrene
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Dissolved
 
Beneficial Use: Commercial or recreational collection of fish, shellfish, or organisms
 
Number of Samples: 28
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: Fixed station physical/chemical (conventional plus toxic pollutants)
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Twenty-eight water quality samples were collected and analyzed biannually from 5/2002 through 5/2005 at eight locations in the Salton Sea. Of these total samples, none exceeded the CTR Criteria (SWAMP, 2007).
Data Reference: Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) Data for organic and inorganic constituents in water and sediment samples collected from water bodies located in the Colorado River Basin-Region 7. May 2002-May 2005.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: California Toxics Rule (CTR) Criteria for the protection of human health when consuming organisms from aquatic systems were used for the following constituents: 0.049 ug/l Benzo[a]Anthracene, 0.049 ug/l Benzo[a]Pyrene, 0.049 ug/l Benzo[b]Fluoranthene, 0.049 ug/l Benzo[k]Fluoranthene, 0.049 ug/l Chrysene, 0.049 ug/l Dibenzo(a,h)Anthracene, and 0.049 ug/l Indeno(1,2,3-cd) Pyrene (USEPA, 2000).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Standards 2000. Establishment of numeric criteria for priority toxic pollutants for the State of California: Rules and regulations. Federal Register Vol. 65, No. 97. Washington, D.C.: Environmental Protection Agency
 
Evaluation Guideline:
Guideline Reference:
 
Spatial Representation: Samples were collected from the following Salton Sea location: Salton Sea Drain NW1, Salton Sea Drain NW2, Salton Sea GS2, Salton Sea GS3, Salton Sea GS5, Salton Sea GS7, Salton Sea GS9, and Salton Sea GS10.
Temporal Representation: Twenty-eight water samples were collected. Water samples were generally collected and analyzed biannually, in May and October, from 5/2002 through 5/2005 from the Salton Sea NW2, GS2, GS7, and GS9 locations. The rest of the locations were sampled in May and October 2002. Samples were not collected from each location every sampling round.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: The sampling and analysis portions of this study were conducted in accordance with the SWAMP Quality Assurance Management Plan (QAMP) (Puckett, 2002).
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Management Plan for the State of California's Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program. Sacramento, CA. State Water Resources Control Board. SWAMP. December 2002 (1st version)
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 70300, Benzo[b]fluoranthene
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 127085
 
Pollutant: Benzo[b]fluoranthene
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Commercial or recreational collection of fish, shellfish, or organisms
 
Number of Samples: 3
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and results are as follows: 0 of 3 samples exceeded the water quality standard for Benzo(b)fluoranthene.
Data Reference: Water Quality Assessment Data for the 2018 solicitation cycle submitted through CEDEN for SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: The Benzo(b)flouranthene criteria for the protection of human health from consumption of organisms only is 0.049 ug/L (California Toxics Rule, 2000).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Standards 2000. Establishment of numeric criteria for priority toxic pollutants for the State of California: Rules and regulations. Federal Register Vol. 65, No. 97. Washington, D.C.: Environmental Protection Agency
 
Evaluation Guideline:
Guideline Reference:
 
Spatial Representation: The samples were collected at 3 monitoring site(s) (728SSGS02, 728SSGS07, 728SSGS09)
Temporal Representation: The samples were collected between the dates of 2011-05-11 and 2011-05-11
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program  
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program
 
 
DECISION ID
70301
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
Pollutant: Benzo[k]fluoranthene
Final Listing Decision: Do Not List on 303(d) list (TMDL required list)
Last Listing Cycle's Final Listing Decision: Do Not List on 303(d) list (TMDL required list)(2016)
Revision Status Revised
Impairment from Pollutant or Pollution: Pollutant
 
Regional Board Conclusion: This pollutant is being considered for placement on the section 303(d) list under section 3.1 of the Listing Policy. Under section 3.1 a single line of evidence is necessary to assess listing status.

Two lines of evidence are available in the administrative record to assess this pollutant.

None of the samples exceed the water quality objective.

Based on the readily available data and information, the weight of evidence indicates that there is sufficient justification against placing this water segment-pollutant combination on the section 303(d) list in the Water Quality Limited Segments category.

This conclusion is based on the staff findings that:
1. The data used satisfies the data quality requirements of section 6.1.4 of the Policy.
2. The data used satisfies the data quantity requirements of section 6.1.5 of the Policy.
3. None of the samples exceed the water quality objective. .

This does not exceed the allowable frequency listed in Table 3.1 of the Listing Policy.
4. Pursuant to section 3.11 of the Listing Policy, no additional data and information are available indicating that standards are not met.
 
Regional Board Decision Recommendation: After review of the available data and information, RWQCB staff concludes that the water body-pollutant combination should not be placed on the section 303(d) list because applicable water quality standards are not being exceeded.
 
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 70301, Benzo[k]fluoranthene
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 5092
 
Pollutant: Benzo(a)anthracene | Benzo(a)pyrene (3,4-Benzopyrene -7-d) | Benzo[b]fluoranthene | Benzo[k]fluoranthene | Chrysene (C1-C4) | Dibenz[a,h]anthracene | Indeno[1,2,3-cd]pyrene
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Dissolved
 
Beneficial Use: Commercial or recreational collection of fish, shellfish, or organisms
 
Number of Samples: 28
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: Fixed station physical/chemical (conventional plus toxic pollutants)
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Twenty-eight water quality samples were collected and analyzed biannually from 5/2002 through 5/2005 at eight locations in the Salton Sea. Of these total samples, none exceeded the CTR Criteria (SWAMP, 2007).
Data Reference: Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) Data for organic and inorganic constituents in water and sediment samples collected from water bodies located in the Colorado River Basin-Region 7. May 2002-May 2005.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: California Toxics Rule (CTR) Criteria for the protection of human health when consuming organisms from aquatic systems were used for the following constituents: 0.049 ug/l Benzo[a]Anthracene, 0.049 ug/l Benzo[a]Pyrene, 0.049 ug/l Benzo[b]Fluoranthene, 0.049 ug/l Benzo[k]Fluoranthene, 0.049 ug/l Chrysene, 0.049 ug/l Dibenzo(a,h)Anthracene, and 0.049 ug/l Indeno(1,2,3-cd) Pyrene (USEPA, 2000).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Standards 2000. Establishment of numeric criteria for priority toxic pollutants for the State of California: Rules and regulations. Federal Register Vol. 65, No. 97. Washington, D.C.: Environmental Protection Agency
 
Evaluation Guideline:
Guideline Reference:
 
Spatial Representation: Samples were collected from the following Salton Sea location: Salton Sea Drain NW1, Salton Sea Drain NW2, Salton Sea GS2, Salton Sea GS3, Salton Sea GS5, Salton Sea GS7, Salton Sea GS9, and Salton Sea GS10.
Temporal Representation: Twenty-eight water samples were collected. Water samples were generally collected and analyzed biannually, in May and October, from 5/2002 through 5/2005 from the Salton Sea NW2, GS2, GS7, and GS9 locations. The rest of the locations were sampled in May and October 2002. Samples were not collected from each location every sampling round.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: The sampling and analysis portions of this study were conducted in accordance with the SWAMP Quality Assurance Management Plan (QAMP) (Puckett, 2002).
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Management Plan for the State of California's Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program. Sacramento, CA. State Water Resources Control Board. SWAMP. December 2002 (1st version)
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 70301, Benzo[k]fluoranthene
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 127843
 
Pollutant: Benzo[k]fluoranthene
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Commercial or recreational collection of fish, shellfish, or organisms
 
Number of Samples: 3
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and results are as follows: 0 of 3 samples exceeded the water quality standard for Benzo(k)fluoranthene.
Data Reference: Water Quality Assessment Data for the 2018 solicitation cycle submitted through CEDEN for SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: The Benzo(k)Fluoranthene criteria for the protection of human health from consumption of organisms only is 0.049 ug/L (California Toxics Rule, 2000).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Standards 2000. Establishment of numeric criteria for priority toxic pollutants for the State of California: Rules and regulations. Federal Register Vol. 65, No. 97. Washington, D.C.: Environmental Protection Agency
 
Evaluation Guideline:
Guideline Reference:
 
Spatial Representation: The samples were collected at 3 monitoring site(s) (728SSGS02, 728SSGS07, 728SSGS09)
Temporal Representation: The samples were collected between the dates of 2011-05-11 and 2011-05-11
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program  
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program
 
 
DECISION ID
78305
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
Pollutant: Bifenthrin
Final Listing Decision: Do Not List on 303(d) list (TMDL required list)
Last Listing Cycle's Final Listing Decision: Do Not List on 303(d) list (TMDL required list)(2016)
Revision Status Revised
Impairment from Pollutant or Pollution: Pollutant
 
Regional Board Conclusion: This pollutant is being considered for placement on the section 303(d) list under section 3.1 (for water) and 3.6 (for sediment) of the Listing Policy. Under this section a single line of evidence is necessary to assess listing status.

Under section 3.1 a single line of evidence is necessary to assess listing
status.

Under this section 3.6 two lines of evidence are necessary to assess listing status.

Four lines of evidence are available in the administrative record to assess this pollutant: Two for water and two for sediment.

None of samples exceed the water quality objective for water or sediment.

For water, zero of three samples exceed the UC Davis Aquatic Life Criteria which indicates aquatic life should not be affected unacceptably if the 4-day average concentration of bifenthrin does not exceed 0.0006 ug/L and if the 1-h average concentration does not exceed 0.004 ug/L. (Mixtures of bifenthrin and other pyrethroids should be considered in an additive manner. (Fojut et al. 2012)). Twenty sample results were not used in the assessment because the laboratory data reporting limit(s) was above the objective (0.0006 ug/L) and therefore the results could not be quantified with the level of certainty required by the Listing Policy.

For sediment, zero of twenty samples exceed the evaluation guideline for bifenthrin which is the median lethal concentration (LC50) of 0.43 ug/g and is normalized by the percentage of organic carbon in the sediment sample. (The LC50 0.43 ug/g is the geometric mean of LC50 values for bifenthrin from Amweg et al. (2005) and Amweg and Weston (2007)).

Based on the readily available data and information, the weight of evidence indicates that there is sufficient justification against placing this water segment-pollutant combination on the section 303(d) list in the Water Quality Limited Segments category.

This conclusion is based on the staff findings that:
1. The data used satisfies the data quality requirements of section 6.1.4 of the Policy.
2. The data used satisfies the data quantity requirements of section 6.1.5 of the Policy.
3. None of samples exceed the water quality objective for water or sediment.

For water, zero of three samples exceed the UC Davis Aquatic Life Criteria which indicates aquatic life should not be affected unacceptably if the 4-day average concentration of bifenthrin does not exceed 0.0006 ug/L and if the 1-h average concentration does not exceed 0.004 ug/L. (Mixtures of bifenthrin and other pyrethroids should be considered in an additive manner. (Fojut et al. 2012)). Twenty sample results were not used in the assessment because the laboratory data reporting limit(s) was above the objective (0.0006 ug/L) and therefore the results could not be quantified with the level of certainty required by the Listing Policy.

For sediment, zero of twenty samples exceed the evaluation guideline for bifenthrin which is the median lethal concentration (LC50) of 0.43 ug/g and is normalized by the percentage of organic carbon in the sediment sample. (The LC50 0.43 ug/g is the geometric mean of LC50 values for bifenthrin from Amweg et al. (2005) and Amweg and Weston (2007)).

Sample exceedances do not exceed the allowable frequency listed in Table 3.1 of the Listing Policy.

4. Pursuant to section 3.11 of the Listing Policy, no additional data and information are available indicating that standards are not met.
 
Regional Board Decision Recommendation: After review of the available data and information, RWQCB staff concludes that the water body-pollutant combination should not be placed on the section 303(d) list because applicable water quality standards are not being exceeded.
 
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 78305, Bifenthrin
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 125723
 
Pollutant: Bifenthrin
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Sediment
Matrix: Sediment
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 3
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and the results are as follows: 0 of the 3 samples exceeded the evaluation guideline for Bifenthrin .
Data Reference: Water Quality Assessment Data for the 2018 solicitation cycle submitted through CEDEN for SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: There shall be no bioaccumulation of pesticide concentrations found in bottom sediments or aquatic life. (Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin Region)
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin Region (Includes amendments effective on or before January 8, 2019)
 
Evaluation Guideline: The evaluation guideline for bifenthrin is the median lethal concentration (LC50) of 0.43 ug/g and is normalized by the percentage of organic carbon in the sediment sample. The LC50 0.43 ug/g is the geometric mean of LC50 values for bifenthrin from Amweg et al. (2005) and Amweg and Weston (2007).
Guideline Reference: Use and Toxicity of Pyrethroid Pesticides in the Central Valley, California, USA. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 24:966-972, with erratum 24:No. 5
  Whole-sediment toxicity identification evaluation tools for pyrethroid insecticides: I. piperonyl butoxide addition. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 26:2389-2396.
 
Spatial Representation: Data were collected from 3 (Station Codes: 728SSGS02, 728SSGS07, 728SSGS09).
Temporal Representation: Data for this waterbody were collected over the date range 2011-05-11 to 2011-05-11
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program  
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 78305, Bifenthrin
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 35417
 
Pollutant: Bifenthrin
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Sediment
Matrix: Sediment
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 17
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and results are as follows: 0 of 17 samples exceed the criterion for Bifenthrin.
Data Reference: RWB7 Trend Monitoring CY2005 CY2006 CY2007 CY2008
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: All waters shall be maintained free of toxic substances in concentrations which are toxic to, or which produce detrimental physiological responses in, human, plant, animal, or aquatic life (Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: The evaluation guideline for bifenthrin is the median lethal concentration (LC50) of 0.43 ug/g and is normalized by the percentage of organic carbon in the sediment sample. The LC50 0.43 ug/g is the geometric mean of LC50 values for bifenthrin from Amweg et al. (2005) and Amweg and Weston (2007).
Guideline Reference: Use and Toxicity of Pyrethroid Pesticides in the Central Valley, California, USA. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 24:966-972, with erratum 24:No. 5
  Effect of sediment-associated pyrethroids, fipronil, and metabolites on Chironomus tentans growth rate, body mass, condition index, immobilization, and survival. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 27(12):2582-2590.
 
Spatial Representation: Data for this line of evidence for Salton Sea was collected at 4 monitoring sites [ Salton Sea USGS2 - 728SSGS02, Salton Sea USGS7 - 728SSGS07, Salton Sea USGS9 - 728SSGS09, Salton Sea Drain NW2 (Torrez Martinez 2) - 728SSDNW2]
Temporal Representation: Data was collected over the time period 10/26/2005-4/22/2008.
Environmental Conditions: Staff is not aware of any special conditions that might affect interpretation of the data.
QAPP Information: The SWAMP QAPP (2008) was followed.
QAPP Information Reference(s): Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program Quality Assurance Program Plan
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 78305, Bifenthrin
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 46353
 
Pollutant: Bifenthrin
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 0
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and results are as follows: 0 of 0 samples exceed the criterion for Bifenthrin. Twenty sample results were not used in the assessment because the laboratory data reporting limit(s) was above the objective (0.0006 ug/L) and therefore the results could not be quantified with the level of certainty required by the Listing Policy.
Data Reference: RWB7 Trend Monitoring CY2005 CY2006 CY2007 CY2008
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: All waters shall be maintained free of toxic substances in concentrations that are toxic to, or that produce detrimental physiological responses in human, plant, animal, or aquatic life (Water Quality Control Plan, Colorado River Basin).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: UC Davis Aquatic Life Criteria: Aquatic life should not be affected unacceptably if the 4-day average concentration of bifenthrin does not exceed 0.0006 ug/L and if the 1-h average concentration does not exceed 0.004 ug/L. Mixtures of bifenthrin and other pyrethroids should be considered in an additive manner. (Fojut et al. 2012)
Guideline Reference: Aquatic life water quality criteria derived via the UC Davis method: ll. Pyrethroid insecticides. Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 216:51-103.
 
Spatial Representation: Data for this line of evidence for Salton Sea was collected at 4 monitoring sites [ Salton Sea USGS2 - 728SSGS02, Salton Sea USGS7 - 728SSGS07, Salton Sea USGS9 - 728SSGS09, Salton Sea Drain NW2 (Torrez Martinez 2) - 728SSDNW2]
Temporal Representation: Data was collected over the time period 10/26/2005-10/29/2008.
Environmental Conditions: Staff is not aware of any special conditions that might affect interpretation of the data.
QAPP Information: The SWAMP QAPP (2008) was followed.
QAPP Information Reference(s): Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program Quality Assurance Program Plan
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 78305, Bifenthrin
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 128681
 
Pollutant: Bifenthrin
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 3
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and results are as follows: 0 of 3 samples exceeded the water quality standard for Bifenthrin.
Data Reference: Water Quality Assessment Data for the 2018 solicitation cycle submitted through CEDEN for SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: No individual pesticide or combination of pesticides shall be present in concentrations that adversely affect beneficial uses.
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin Region (Includes amendments effective on or before January 8, 2019)
 
Evaluation Guideline: UC Davis Aquatic Life Criteria: Aquatic life should not be affected unacceptably if the 4-day average concentration of bifenthrin does not exceed 0.0006 ug/L and if the 1-h average concentration does not exceed 0.004 ug/L. Mixtures of bifenthrin and other pyrethroids should be considered in an additive manner. (Fojut et al. 2012) 
Guideline Reference: Aquatic life water quality criteria derived via the UC Davis method: ll. Pyrethroid insecticides. Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 216:51-103.
 
Spatial Representation: The samples were collected at 3 monitoring site(s) (728SSGS02, 728SSGS07, 728SSGS09)
Temporal Representation: The samples were collected between the dates of 2011-05-11 and 2011-05-11
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program  
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program
 
 
DECISION ID
69955
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
Pollutant: Cadmium
Final Listing Decision: Do Not List on 303(d) list (TMDL required list)
Last Listing Cycle's Final Listing Decision: Do Not List on 303(d) list (TMDL required list)(2016)
Revision Status Revised
Impairment from Pollutant or Pollution: Pollutant
 
Regional Board Conclusion: These pollutants are being considered for placement on the section 303(d) list under section 3.1, 3.5 and 3.6 of the Listing Policy.

Under section 3.1 and 3.5, a single line of evidence is necessary to assess listing status.

Under section 3.6 at least two lines of evidence are necessary to assess listing status for pollutants sediment, and pollutant concentrations in sediment must be associated with sediment toxicity to justify adding that pollutant to the CWA section 303(d) List.

Seven lines of evidence are available in the administrative record to assess these pollutants.

None of the samples exceed the water quality objective.

Based on the readily available data and information, the weight of evidence indicates that there is sufficient justification against placing this water segment-pollutant combination on the section 303(d) list in the Water Quality Limited Segments category.

This conclusion is based on the staff findings that:
1. The data used satisfies the data quality requirements of section 6.1.4 of the Policy.
2. The data used satisfies the data quantity requirements of section 6.1.5 of the Policy.
3. None of the samples exceed the water quality objective.

This does not exceed the allowable frequency listed in Table 3.1 of the Listing Policy.
4. Pursuant to section 3.11 of the Listing Policy, no additional data and information are available indicating that standards are not met.
 
Regional Board Decision Recommendation: After review of the available data and information, RWQCB staff concludes that the water body-pollutant combination should not be placed on the section 303(d) list because applicable water quality standards are not being exceeded.
 
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 69955, Cadmium
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 32852
 
Pollutant: Cadmium
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Total Dissolved
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 20
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: None of the 20 samples exceeded the hardness based criteria calculated for cadmium.
Data Reference: RWB7 Trend Monitoring CY2005 CY2006 CY2007 CY2008
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: California Toxics Rule (CTR) lists criterion continuous concentrations (4-day average) to protect aquatic life in freshwater. The criterion in freshwater is hardness dependent for each sample and varies based on the ambient hardness during sampling. Section (b)(1) in CTR contains the hardness dependent formula for the metals criterion.
Objective/Criterion Reference: Code of Federal Regulations 40 part 131.38 Establishment of numeric criteria for priority toxic pollutants for the State of California. 7/1/2011 Edition
 
Evaluation Guideline:
Guideline Reference:
 
Spatial Representation: Samples collected at stations 728SSDNW2 (Salton Sea Drain NW2 (Torrez Martinez 2), 728SSGS02 (Salton Sea USGS2), 728SSGS07 (Salton Sea USGS7), and 728SSGS09 (Salton Sea USGS9).
Temporal Representation: Samples collected between 10/26/2005 and 10/29/2008.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: SWAMP QAPP (2008) was followed.
QAPP Information Reference(s): Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program Quality Assurance Program Plan
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 69955, Cadmium
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 5507
 
Pollutant: Cadmium
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Tissue
Matrix: Tissue
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Commercial or recreational collection of fish, shellfish, or organisms
 
Number of Samples: 8
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: Fish tissue analysis
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Thiry-five fish fillet samples were taken at 3 locations in the sea. Twenty-seven fish fillet sample results could not be used in this assessment because the sample were not analyzed for the analyte. The 8 fish fillet samples that were acceptable were generally collected from 8/1985 through 11/2000 at two locations. Of these total samples, none exceeded the OEHHA Screening Value (TSMP, 2007).
Data Reference: Toxic Substances Monitoring Program (TSMP) Data for organic and inorganic chemicals in fish and sediment samples collected from water bodies located in the Colorado River Basin-Region 7. 1978-2000. State Water Resources Control Board. Sacramento, CA.
 
SWAMP Data: Non-SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: Basin Plan: No individual chemical or combination of chemicals shall be present in concentrations that adversely affect beneficial uses. There shall be no increase in hazardous chemical concentrations found in bottom sediments or aquatic life (CRBRWQCB, 2006).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) Screening Value of 3 mg/kg to protect human health when consuming fish (OEHHA, 1999).
Guideline Reference: Prevalence of Selected Target Chemical Contaminants in Sport Fish From Two California Lakes: Public health designed screening study. Sacramento, CA: Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment
 
Spatial Representation: Samples were collected from the following Salton Sea locations: from the North end, the South end, and the West Side.
Temporal Representation: Fish tissue samples were generally collected from 6/1984 through 11/2000. Fish tissue samples were not collected from each location every sampling round. Thirty five fish fillet samples of bairdiella, orangemouth corvina, redbelly tilapia, tilapia, and sargo were collected.Five bairdiella fillet composite samples were collected in the years 1985, 1987, (2)1989, and 2000. Ten orangemouth corvina fillet composite samples were collected in the years 1984-87, (4)1991, 1997, and 1999. Six orangemouth corvine single fish fillet samples were collected in the year (6)1986. Two redbelly tilapia fillet composite samples were collected in year (2)1995. Nine tilapia fillet composite samples were collected in the years 1985,1987, (2)1996, 1997, (2)1998, and (2)2000. Three sargo fillet composite samples were collected in the years 1985, 1987, and 1991.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: The field procedures are described in TSMP Data Reports and associated Appendices. CDFG's Laboratory applies Quality Assurance Program Plan procedures for laboratory Quality Assurance and Quality Control, as described in Rasmussen (1993).
QAPP Information Reference(s): Toxic Substances Monitoring Program 1991 Data Report. 93-1WQ. State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), Division of Water Quality. Sacramento, CA.
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 69955, Cadmium
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 35268
 
Pollutant: Cadmium
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Sediment
Matrix: Sediment
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 17
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and results are as follows: 0 of 17 samples exceed the criterion for Cadmium.
Data Reference: RWB7 Trend Monitoring CY2005 CY2006 CY2007 CY2008
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: All waters shall be maintained free of toxic substances in concentrations which are toxic to, or which produce detrimental physiological responses in, human, plant, animal, or aquatic life (Water Quality Control Plan, Colorado River Basin).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: In freshwater sediments the probable effect concentration (predictive of sediment toxicity) for cadmium is 4.98 mg/Kg dry weight (MacDonald et al. 2000).
Guideline Reference: Development and evaluation of consensus-based sediment quality guidelines for freshwater ecosystems. Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 39: 20-31
 
Spatial Representation: Data for this line of evidence for Salton Sea was collected at 4 monitoring sites [ Salton Sea USGS2, Salton Sea USGS7, Salton Sea USGS9, Salton Sea Drain NW2 (Torrez Martinez 2)]
Temporal Representation: Data was collected over the time period 10/26/2005-4/22/2008.
Environmental Conditions: Staff is not aware of any special conditions that might affect interpretation of the data.
QAPP Information: The SWAMP QAPP (2008) was followed.
QAPP Information Reference(s): Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program Quality Assurance Program Plan
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 69955, Cadmium
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 125772
 
Pollutant: Cadmium
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Sediment
Matrix: Sediment
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 3
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and the results are as follows: 0 of the 3 samples exceeded the evaluation guideline for Cadmium .
Data Reference: Water Quality Assessment Data for the 2018 solicitation cycle submitted through CEDEN for SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: All waters shall be maintained free of toxic substances in concentrations which are toxic to, or which produce detrimental physiological responses in, human, plant, animal, or aquatic life. There shall be no increase in hazardous chemical concentrations found in bottom sediments or aquatic life. (Water Quality Control Plan, Colorado River Basin)
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin Region (Includes amendments effective on or before January 8, 2019)
 
Evaluation Guideline: The evaluation guideline for Cadmium from MacDonald et al., 2000a which states that the probable effect concentration for Cadmium is 4.98 mg/kg. (dw = Dry Weight)
Guideline Reference: Development and evaluation of consensus-based sediment quality guidelines for freshwater ecosystems. Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 39: 20-31
 
Spatial Representation: Data were collected from 3 (Station Codes: 728SSGS02, 728SSGS07, 728SSGS09).
Temporal Representation: Data for this waterbody were collected over the date range 2011-05-11 to 2011-05-11
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program  
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 69955, Cadmium
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 5287
 
Pollutant: Cadmium
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Sediment
Matrix: Sediment
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 13
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: Other Agencies/Organizations provided monitoring data
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Thirteen sediment quality samples were taken at 10 locations in the Salton Sea, collected between 7/1998 and 10/2001. Out of these total samples, none exceeded the PEC Criteria (USGS, 2007).
Data Reference: Data for organic and inorganic chemicals in water and sediment samples collected from waterbodies located in the Colorado River Basin-Region 7, collected and reported on the National Water Information System (NWIS) Water Quality database. 1961-2005.
 
SWAMP Data: Non-SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: Basin Plan: No individual chemical or combination of chemicals shall be present in concentrations that adversely affect beneficial uses. There shall be no increase in hazardous chemical concentrations found in bottom sediments or aquatic life (CRBRWQCB, 2006).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: Consensus Based Sediment Quality Guideline Probable Effects Concentration (PEC) Criteria 4.98 mg/kg for the protection of aquatic life uses (MacDonald et al, 2000).
Guideline Reference: Development and evaluation of consensus-based sediment quality guidelines for freshwater ecosystems. Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 39: 20-31
 
Spatial Representation: Samples were collected at the following Salton Sea locations: USGS Station No. 333006116031501 near the mouth of the Coachella Valley Storm Water Channel, USGS Station No. 332958116023501 in the Coachella Valley Storm Water Channel Delta, USGS Station No. 332908116011501 between North Basin and Coachella Valley Storm Water Channel, USGS Station No. 332637115512001 in Salt Creek Delta, USGS Station No. 331400115450001 near center of South Basin, USGS Station No. 331215115410001 between South Basin and New and Alamo River Deltas, USGS Station No. 330835115434501 in New River Delta, USGS Station No. 331023115473701 in San Felipe Creek Delta, USGS Station No. 330803115414001 near the mouth of New River, and USGS Station No. 331242115371401 near the mouth of Alamo River.
Temporal Representation: Thirteen samples were collected. Samples were generally collected from 7/1998 through 10/2001. Seven samples were in 1998, 1 sample was collected in 1999, no samples were collected in 2000, and 5 samples were collected in 2001.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Assume samplers used standard USGS methods for sample collection (Wilde, variously dated). Assume analysts used standard analytical methods and quality assurance as described in (USGS, 2007).
QAPP Information Reference(s): Data for organic and inorganic chemicals in water and sediment samples collected from waterbodies located in the Colorado River Basin-Region 7, collected and reported on the National Water Information System (NWIS) Water Quality database. 1961-2005.
  Field measurements: U.S. Geological Survey Techniques of Water-Resources Investigations, book 9, chap. A6. In United States Geological Survey (USGS). Variously dated. National field manual for the collection of water-quality data: U.S. Geological Survey Techniques of Water-Resources Investigations, book 9, chaps. A1-A9, available online at http://pubs.water.usgs.gov/twri9A.
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 69955, Cadmium
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 5078
 
Pollutant: Cadmium | Lead | Nickel | Zinc
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Dissolved
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 36
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: Fixed station physical/chemical (conventional plus toxic pollutants)
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Thirty-six water quality samples were collected and analyzed biannually from 5/2002 through 5/2005 at eight locations in the Salton Sea. Of these total samples, none exceeded the CTR Criteria (SWAMP, 2007).
Data Reference: Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) Data for organic and inorganic constituents in water and sediment samples collected from water bodies located in the Colorado River Basin-Region 7. May 2002-May 2005.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: California Toxics Rule (CTR) Hardness Dependent Criterion Maximum Concentrations (CMCs) for the protection of freshwater aquatic life uses were used for the following constituents: Cadmium, Lead, Nickel, and Zinc (USEPA, 2000).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Standards 2000. Establishment of numeric criteria for priority toxic pollutants for the State of California: Rules and regulations. Federal Register Vol. 65, No. 97. Washington, D.C.: Environmental Protection Agency
 
Evaluation Guideline:
Guideline Reference:
 
Spatial Representation: Samples were collected from the following Salton Sea location: Salton Sea Drain NW1, Salton Sea Drain NW2, Salton Sea GS2, Salton Sea GS3, Salton Sea GS5, Salton Sea GS7, Salton Sea GS9, and Salton Sea GS10.
Temporal Representation: Thirty-six water samples were collected. Water samples were generally collected and analyzed biannually, in May and October, from 5/2002 through 5/2005 from the Salton Sa NW2, GS2, GS7, and GS9 locations. The rest of the locations were sampled in May and October 2002. Samples were not collected from each location every sampling round.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: The sampling and analysis portions of this study were conducted in accordance with the SWAMP Quality Assurance Management Plan (QAMP) (Puckett, 2002).
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Management Plan for the State of California's Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program. Sacramento, CA. State Water Resources Control Board. SWAMP. December 2002 (1st version)
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 69955, Cadmium
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 5109
 
Pollutant: Arsenic | Benzo(a)anthracene | Cadmium | Chromium (total) | Chrysene (C1-C4) | Copper | Dieldrin | Endrin | Fluoranthene | Fluorene | Lead | Lindane/gamma Hexachlorocyclohexane (gamma-HCH) | Mercury | Naphthalene | Nickel | PCBs (Polychlorinated biphenyls) | Phenanthrene | Pyrene
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Sediment
Matrix: Sediment
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 36
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: Fixed station physical/chemical (conventional plus toxic pollutants)
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Thirty-six sediment quality samples were collected and analyzed biannually from 5/2002 through 5/2005 at eight locations in the Salton Sea. Of these total samples, none exceeded the PEC (SWAMP, 2007).
Data Reference: Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) Data for organic and inorganic constituents in water and sediment samples collected from water bodies located in the Colorado River Basin-Region 7. May 2002-May 2005.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: Basin Plan: No individual chemical or combination of chemicals shall be present in concentrations that adversely affect beneficial uses. There shall be no increase in hazardous chemical concentrations found in bottom sediments or aquatic life (CRBRWQCB, 2006).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: Consensus Based Sediment Quality Guideline Probable Effects Concentrations (PECs) for the protection of freshwater organisms to toxic effects were used for the following constituents: 33 mg/kg Arsenic, 1050 ug/kg Benz[a]anthrazene, 4.98 mg/kg Cadmium, 111 mg/kg Chromium, 1290 ug/kg Chrysene, 149 mg/kg Copper, 61.8 ug/g Dieldrin, 207 ug/kg Endrin, 2230 ug/kg Fluoranthene, 536 ug/kg Fluorene, 128 mg/kg Lead, 4.99 ug/kg Lindane/Hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH), 1.06 mg/kg Mercury, 561 ug/kg Naphthalene, 48.6 mg/kg Nickel, 676 ug/kg PCBs (Polychlorinated biphenyls), 1170 ug/kg Phenanthrene , 1520 ug/kg Pyrene (Macdonald et al, 2000).
Guideline Reference: Development and evaluation of consensus-based sediment quality guidelines for freshwater ecosystems. Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 39: 20-31
 
Spatial Representation: Samples were collected from the following Salton Sea location: Salton Sea Drain NW1, Salton Sea Drain NW2, Salton Sea GS2, Salton Sea GS3, Salton Sea GS5, Salton Sea GS7, Salton Sea GS9, Salton Sea GS10.
Temporal Representation: Thirty-six sediment samples were collected. Sediment samples were generally collected and analyzed biannually, in May and October, from 5/2002 through 5/2005 from the Salton Sa NW2, GS2, GS7, and GS9 locations. The rest of the locations were sampled in May and October 2002. Samples were not collected from each location every sampling round.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: The sampling and analysis portions of this study were conducted in accordance with the SWAMP Quality Assurance Management Plan (QAMP) (Puckett, 2002).
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Management Plan for the State of California's Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program. Sacramento, CA. State Water Resources Control Board. SWAMP. December 2002 (1st version)
 
 
DECISION ID
71529
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
Pollutant: Chlordane
Final Listing Decision: Do Not List on 303(d) list (TMDL required list)
Last Listing Cycle's Final Listing Decision: Do Not List on 303(d) list (TMDL required list)(2016)
Revision Status Revised
Impairment from Pollutant or Pollution: Pollutant
 
Regional Board Conclusion: These pollutants are being considered for placement on the section 303(d) list under section 3.1, 3.5 and 3.6 of the Listing Policy.

Under section 3.1 and 3.5, a single line of evidence is necessary to assess listing status.

Under section 3.6 at least two lines of evidence are necessary to assess listing status for pollutants sediment, and pollutant concentrations in sediment must be associated with sediment toxicity to justify adding that pollutant to the CWA section 303(d) List.

Eight lines of evidence are available in the administrative record to assess these pollutants.

None of the samples exceed the water quality objective.

Based on the readily available data and information, the weight of evidence indicates that there is sufficient justification against placing this water segment-pollutant combination on the section 303(d) list in the Water Quality Limited Segments category.

This conclusion is based on the staff findings that:
1. The data used satisfies the data quality requirements of section 6.1.4 of the Policy.
2. The data used satisfies the data quantity requirements of section 6.1.5 of the Policy.
3. None of the samples exceed the water quality objective.

This does not exceed the allowable frequency listed in Table 3.1 of the Listing Policy.
4. Pursuant to section 3.11 of the Listing Policy, no additional data and information are available indicating that standards are not met.
 
Regional Board Decision Recommendation: After review of the available data and information, RWQCB staff concludes that the water body-pollutant combination should not be placed on the section 303(d) list because applicable water quality standards are not being exceeded.
 
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 71529, Chlordane
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 5578
 
Pollutant: Chlordane
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Tissue
Matrix: Tissue
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 31
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: Fish tissue analysis
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Thirty-one fish fillet samples were taken at 3 locations in the sea. The fish samples were generally collected from 5/1980 through 11/2000. Of these total samples, none exceeded the NAS tissue guideline. (TSMP, 2007).
Data Reference: Toxic Substances Monitoring Program (TSMP) Data for organic and inorganic chemicals in fish and sediment samples collected from water bodies located in the Colorado River Basin-Region 7. 1978-2000. State Water Resources Control Board. Sacramento, CA.
 
SWAMP Data: Non-SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: Basin Plan: No individual chemical or combination of chemicals shall be present in concentrations that adversely affect beneficial uses. There shall be no increase in hazardous chemical concentrations found in bottom sediments or aquatic life (CRBRWQCB, 2006).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: National Academy of Science (NAS) tissue guideline of 100 ug/kg for the protection of aquatic life uses (NAS, 1973).
Guideline Reference: National Academy of Sciences. Water Quality Criteria 1972. EPA-R3-73-033. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
 
Spatial Representation: Samples were collected from the following Salton Sea locations: from the North end, the South end, and the West Side.
Temporal Representation: Fish tissue samples were generally collected from 5/1980 through 11/2000. Fish tissue samples were not collected from each location every sampling round. Thirty-one fish fillet samples of tilapia, bairdiella, orangemouth corvina, redbelly tilapia, Mozambique tilapia, and sargo were collected. Nine tilapia fillet composites samples were collected in the years 1984-85, (2)1996, 1997, (2)1998, and (2)2000. Five bairdiella fillet composite samples were collected in 1980, 1985, (2)1989, and 2000. Ten orangemouth corvina fillet composite samples were collected in the years (2)1981, 1984-87, (2)1991, 1997, and 1999. Two orangemouth corvina single fish fillet samples were collected in the year (2)1991. Two redbelly tilapia fillet composite samples were collected in the year (2)1995. One Mozambique tilapia fillet composite sample was collected in the year 1980. Two sargo fillet composite samples were collected in the years 1985, and 1991.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: The field procedures are described in TSMP Data Reports and associated Appendices. CDFG's Laboratory applies Quality Assurance Program Plan procedures for laboratory Quality Assurance and Quality Control, as described in Rasmussen (1993).
QAPP Information Reference(s): Toxic Substances Monitoring Program 1991 Data Report. 93-1WQ. State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), Division of Water Quality. Sacramento, CA.
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 71529, Chlordane
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 5495
 
Pollutant: Chlordane
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Tissue
Matrix: Tissue
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Commercial or recreational collection of fish, shellfish, or organisms
 
Number of Samples: 5
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: Fish tissue analysis
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Thirty-one fish fillet samples were taken at 3 locations in the sea. Twenty-six fish sample results could not be used in this assessment because the sample results were non-detect and the detection limit was above the criteria concentration. The 5 acceptabe fish fillet samples were generally collected from 5/1981 through 11/2000. Of these total samples, none exceeded the OEHHA Fish Contaminant Goal (TSMP, 2007).
Data Reference: Toxic Substances Monitoring Program (TSMP) Data for organic and inorganic chemicals in fish and sediment samples collected from water bodies located in the Colorado River Basin-Region 7. 1978-2000. State Water Resources Control Board. Sacramento, CA.
 
SWAMP Data: Non-SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: Basin Plan: No individual chemical or combination of chemicals shall be present in concentrations that adversely affect beneficial uses. There shall be no increase in hazardous chemical concentrations found in bottom sediments or aquatic life (CRBRWQCB, 2006).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) Fish Contaminant Goal of 5.6 ug/kg to protect human health when consuming fish (OEHHA, 2008).
Guideline Reference: Development of Fish Contaminant Goals and Advisory Tissue Levels for Common Contaminants in California Sport Fish: Chlordane, DDTs, Dieldrin, Methylmercury, PCBs, Selenium, and Toxaphene
 
Spatial Representation: Samples were collected from the following Salton Sea locations: from the North end, the South end, and the West Side.
Temporal Representation: Fish tissue samples were generally collected from 5/1980 through 11/2000. Fish tissue samples were not collected from each location every sampling round. Thirty-one fish fillet samples of tilapia, bairdiella, orangemouth corvina, redbelly tilapia, Mozambique tilapia, and sargo were collected. Nine tilapia fillet composites samples were collected in the years 1984-85, (2)1996, 1997, (2)1998, and (2)2000. Five bairdiella fillet composite samples were collected in 1980, 1985, (2)1989, and 2000. Ten orangemouth corvina fillet composite samples were collected in the years (2)1981, 1984-87, (2)1991, 1997, and 1999. Two orangemouth corvina single fish fillet samples were collected in the year (2)1991. Two redbelly tilapia fillet composite samples were collected in the year (2)1995. One Mozambique tilapia fillet composite sample was collected in the year 1980. Two sargo fillet composite samples were collected in the years 1985, and 1991.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: The field procedures are described in TSMP Data Reports and associated Appendices. CDFG's Laboratory applies a Quality Assurance Program Plan procedures for laboratory Quality Assurance and Quality Control, as described in Rasmussen (1993).
QAPP Information Reference(s): Toxic Substances Monitoring Program 1991 Data Report. 93-1WQ. State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), Division of Water Quality. Sacramento, CA.
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 71529, Chlordane
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 5512
 
Pollutant: Chlordane
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Sediment
Matrix: Sediment
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 1
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: Chemical monitoring of sediments
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: One sediment sample was taken at 1 location in the sea. The sediment sample was collected on 12/10/1987. This sample did not exceed the PEC Criteria (TSMP, 2007).
Data Reference: Toxic Substances Monitoring Program (TSMP) Data for organic and inorganic chemicals in fish and sediment samples collected from water bodies located in the Colorado River Basin-Region 7. 1978-2000. State Water Resources Control Board. Sacramento, CA.
 
SWAMP Data: Non-SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: Basin Plan: No individual chemical or combination of chemicals shall be present in concentrations that adversely affect beneficial uses. There shall be no increase in hazardous chemical concentrations found in bottom sediments or aquatic life (CRBRWQCB, 2006).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: Consensus Based Sediment Quality Guideline Probable Effect Concentration (PEC) of 17.6 ug/g for the protection of freshwater organisms to toxic effects(Macdonald et al, 2000).
Guideline Reference: Development and evaluation of consensus-based sediment quality guidelines for freshwater ecosystems. Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 39: 20-31
 
Spatial Representation: A sample was collected from the south end of the Salton Sea.
Temporal Representation: One sediment sample was collected on 12/10/87 .
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: The field procedures are described in TSMP Data Reports and associated Appendices. CDFG's Laboratory applies Quality Assurance Program Plan procedures for laboratory Quality Assurance and Quality Control, as described in Rasmussen (1993).
QAPP Information Reference(s): Toxic Substances Monitoring Program 1991 Data Report. 93-1WQ. State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), Division of Water Quality. Sacramento, CA.
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 71529, Chlordane
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 32866
 
Pollutant: Chlordane
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Sediment
Matrix: Sediment
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 14
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Zero of 14 samples collected for Chlordane (Sum of trans-Chlordane, cis-Chlordane, cis-Nonachlor, trans-Nonachlor, and Oxychlordane) exceeded the evaluation guideline.
Data Reference: RWB7 Trend Monitoring CY2005 CY2006 CY2007 CY2008
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: No individual chemical or combination of chemicals shall be present in concentrations that adversely affect beneficial uses. There shall be no increase in hazardous chemical concentrations found in bottom sediments or aquatic life (Colorado River Basin Plan).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: The Probable Effect Concentration for Chlordane in freshwater sediments is 17.6 ug/kg.
Guideline Reference: Development and evaluation of consensus-based sediment quality guidelines for freshwater ecosystems. Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 39: 20-31
 
Spatial Representation: Data were collected at the following stations: Salton Sea Drain NW2 (Torrez Martinez 2) - 728SSDNW2, Salton Sea USGS2 - 728SSGS02, Salton Sea USGS7 - 728SSGS07, Salton Sea USGS9 - 728SSGS09, .
Temporal Representation: The samples were collected on 10/26/2005 - 4/22/2008.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: The SWAMP QAPP (2008) was followed.
QAPP Information Reference(s): Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program Quality Assurance Program Plan
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 71529, Chlordane
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 125725
 
Pollutant: Chlordane
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Sediment
Matrix: Sediment
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 3
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and the results are as follows: 0 of the 3 samples exceeded the evaluation guideline for Chlordane .
Data Reference: Water Quality Assessment Data for the 2018 solicitation cycle submitted through CEDEN for SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: There shall be no bioaccumulation of pesticide concentrations found in bottom sediments or aquatic life. (Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin Region)
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin Region (Includes amendments effective on or before January 8, 2019)
 
Evaluation Guideline: The evaluation guideline for Chlordane from MacDonald et al., 2000a which states that the probable effect concentration for Chlordane is 17.6 ug/kg. (dw = Dry Weight)
Guideline Reference: Development and evaluation of consensus-based sediment quality guidelines for freshwater ecosystems. Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 39: 20-31
 
Spatial Representation: Data were collected from 3 (Station Codes: 728SSGS07, 728SSGS02, 728SSGS09).
Temporal Representation: Data for this waterbody were collected over the date range 2011-05-11 to 2011-05-11
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program  
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 71529, Chlordane
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 46431
 
Pollutant: Chlordane
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Tissue
Matrix: Tissue
Fraction: Fish fillet
 
Beneficial Use: Commercial or recreational collection of fish, shellfish, or organisms
 
Number of Samples: 1
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: Fish tissue analysis
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and results are as follows: 0 of 1 samples exceed the criterion for Chlordane, Total. One composite (20 fish per composite) was generated from one species: Tilapia leucosticta. Details of the compositing protocol can be found in the March 2009 report entitled: "Contaminants in Fish from California Lakes and Reservoirs: Technical Report on Year One of a Two-Year Screening Study" (SWAMP, 2009). Total chlordane was calculated as the sum of the following chlordane isomers: cis- and trans-chlordane, cis- and trans-nonachlor, and oxychlordane.
Data Reference: Contaminants in Fish from California Lakes and Reservoirs: Technical Report on Year One of a Two-Year Screening Survey. A Report of the Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP). California State Water Resources Control Board, Sacramento, CA
  Cruise Report for the Surface Waters Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) Bioaccumulation Screening Study in California Lakes and Reservoirs, Sampling Dates: June 2007- March 2008
  Statewide Lakes Sportfish Contamination Study 2007 2008
  Contaminants in Fish from California Lakes and Reservoirs, 2007-2008: Summary Report on a Two-Year Screening Survey
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: No individual chemical or combination of chemicals shall be present in concentrations that adversely affect beneficial uses. There shall be no increase in hazardous chemical concentrations found in bottom sediments or aquatic life (Water Quality Control Plan, Colorado River Basin).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: The modified OEHHA Fish Contaminant Goal for total chlordane in fish tissue is 3.9 ppb. This screening level assumes an average body weight of 70 kg and a consumption rate of 32 g/day for a 30 year exposure over a 70-year lifetime. This constituent is a carcinogen therefore the risk level is set to one in a million. A cooking reduction factor of 1 is applied for skin-off fillets.
Guideline Reference: Development of Fish Contaminant Goals and Advisory Tissue Levels for Common Contaminants in California Sport Fish: Chlordane, DDTs, Dieldrin, Methylmercury, PCBs, Selenium, and Toxaphene
 
Spatial Representation: Data for this line of evidence for Salton Sea was collected at 1 monitoring site [ Salton Sea - 728PSS171]. Samples were collected from 1 location. Individual sample locations consisted of an area within a given waterbody from which fish tissue samples were collected. The number of sample locations per waterbody was based on the overall size of the waterbody (SWAMP, 2010). Specifics of individual sampling locations can be found in the supplemental report entitled "Cruise Report for the Surface Waters Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) Bioaccumulation Screening Study in California Lakes and Reservoirs, Sampling Dates: June 2007- March 2008" (SWAMP, 2008).
Temporal Representation: Data was collected on a single day 10/30/2007.
Environmental Conditions: Staff is not aware of any special conditions that might affect interpretation of the data.
QAPP Information: Samples were collected, processed, and analyzed in accordance with the methods described in Quality Assurance Project Plan "Screening Study of Bioaccumulation in California Lakes and Reservoirs." (SWAMP, 2002).
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Management Plan for the State of California's Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program. Sacramento, CA. State Water Resources Control Board. SWAMP. December 2002 (1st version)
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 71529, Chlordane
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 5083
 
Pollutant: Aldrin | Chlordane | DDT (Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane) | Dieldrin | Endrin | Heptachlor | Heptachlor epoxide | alpha-Endosulfan (Endosulfan 1) | beta-Endosulfan (Endosulfan 2)
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Dissolved
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 36
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: Fixed station physical/chemical (conventional plus toxic pollutants)
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Thirty-six water quality samples were collected and analyzed biannually from 5/2002 through 5/2005 at eight locations in the Salton Sea. Of these total samples, none exceeded the CTR Criteria (SWAMP, 2007).
Data Reference: Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) Data for organic and inorganic constituents in water and sediment samples collected from water bodies located in the Colorado River Basin-Region 7. May 2002-May 2005.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: California Toxics Rule (CTR) Criterion Maximum Concentrations (CMCs) for the protection of freshwater aquatic life uses were used for the following constituents: 3 ug/l Aldrin, 0.22 ug/l alpha Endosulfan, 0.22 ug/l beta-Endosulfan, 2.4 ug/l Chlordane, 1.1 ug/l DDT, 0.24 ug/l Dieldrin, 0.086 ug/l Endrin, 0.52 ug/l Heptachlor, and 0.52 ug/l Heptachlor epoxide (USEPA, 2000).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Standards 2000. Establishment of numeric criteria for priority toxic pollutants for the State of California: Rules and regulations. Federal Register Vol. 65, No. 97. Washington, D.C.: Environmental Protection Agency
 
Evaluation Guideline:
Guideline Reference:
 
Spatial Representation: Samples were collected from the following Salton Sea location: Salton Sea Drain NW1, Salton Sea Drain NW2, Salton Sea GS2, Salton Sea GS3, Salton Sea GS5, Salton Sea GS7, Salton Sea GS9, and Salton Sea GS10.
Temporal Representation: Thirty-six water samples were collected. Water samples were generally collected and analyzed biannually, in May and October, from 5/2002 through 5/2005 from the Salton Sa NW2, GS2, GS7, and GS9 locations. The rest of the locations were sampled in May and October 2002. Samples were not collected from each location every sampling round.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: The sampling and analysis portions of this study were conducted in accordance with the SWAMP Quality Assurance Management Plan (QAMP) (Puckett, 2002).
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Management Plan for the State of California's Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program. Sacramento, CA. State Water Resources Control Board. SWAMP. December 2002 (1st version)
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 71529, Chlordane
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 46432
 
Pollutant: Chlordane
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Tissue
Matrix: Tissue
Fraction: Fish fillet
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 1
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: Fish tissue analysis
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and results are as follows: 0 of 1 samples exceed the criterion for Chlordane, Total. One composite (20 fish per composite) was generated from one species: Tilapia leucosticta. Details of the compositing protocol can be found in the March 2009 report entitled: "Contaminants in Fish from California Lakes and Reservoirs: Technical Report on Year One of a Two-Year Screening Study" (SWAMP, 2009). Total chlordane was calculated as the sum of the following chlordane isomers: cis- and trans-chlordane, cis- and trans-nonachlor, and oxychlordane.
Data Reference: Contaminants in Fish from California Lakes and Reservoirs: Technical Report on Year One of a Two-Year Screening Survey. A Report of the Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP). California State Water Resources Control Board, Sacramento, CA
  Cruise Report for the Surface Waters Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) Bioaccumulation Screening Study in California Lakes and Reservoirs, Sampling Dates: June 2007- March 2008
  Statewide Lakes Sportfish Contamination Study 2007 2008
  Contaminants in Fish from California Lakes and Reservoirs, 2007-2008: Summary Report on a Two-Year Screening Survey
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: No individual chemical or combination of chemicals shall be present in concentrations that adversely affect beneficial uses. There shall be no increase in hazardous chemical concentrations found in bottom sediments or aquatic life (Water Quality Control Plan, Colorado River Basin).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: National Academy of Science guidelines (NAS 1972) establish a maximum total Chlordane concentration of 100 ug/Kg (wet weight) in tissue samples for protection of aquatic life from bioaccumulation of toxic substances.
Guideline Reference: National Academy of Sciences. Water Quality Criteria 1972. EPA-R3-73-033. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
 
Spatial Representation: Data for this line of evidence for Salton Sea was collected at 1 monitoring site [ Salton Sea - 728PSS171]. Samples were collected from 1 location. Individual sample locations consisted of an area within a given waterbody from which fish tissue samples were collected. The number of sample locations per waterbody was based on the overall size of the waterbody (SWAMP, 2010). Specifics of individual sampling locations can be found in the supplemental report entitled "Cruise Report for the Surface Waters Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) Bioaccumulation Screening Study in California Lakes and Reservoirs, Sampling Dates: June 2007- March 2008" (SWAMP, 2008).
Temporal Representation: Data was collected on a single day 10/30/2007.
Environmental Conditions: Staff is not aware of any special conditions that might affect interpretation of the data.
QAPP Information: Samples were collected, processed, and analyzed in accordance with the methods described in Quality Assurance Project Plan "Screening Study of Bioaccumulation in California Lakes and Reservoirs." (SWAMP, 2002).
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Management Plan for the State of California's Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program. Sacramento, CA. State Water Resources Control Board. SWAMP. December 2002 (1st version)
 
 
DECISION ID
103216
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
Pollutant: Chlorpyrifos, methyl
Final Listing Decision: Do Not List on 303(d) list (TMDL required list)
Last Listing Cycle's Final Listing Decision: New Decision
Revision Status Revised
Impairment from Pollutant or Pollution: Pollutant
 
Regional Board Conclusion: This pollutant is being considered for placement on the CWA section 303(d) List under section 3.1 of the Listing Policy. Under section 3.1, a single line(s) of evidence is necessary to assess listing status.

Two lines of evidence are available in the administrative record to assess this pollutant.

Zero samples exceed the objectives.

Zero of 28 dissolved fraction water samples exceeded the guideline as there was no evaluation guideline for the dissolved fractions.

Zero of three total fraction water samples exceeded the USEPA Aquatic Life Benchmark.

Based on the readily available data and information, the weight of evidence indicates that there is sufficient justification against placing this water segment-pollutant combination on the CWA section 303(d) List.

This conclusion is based on the staff findings that:
1. The data used satisfies the data quality requirements of section 6.1.4 of the Policy.
2. The data used satisfies the data quantity requirements of section 6.1.5 of the Policy.
3. Zero samples exceed the objectives.

Zero of 28 dissolved fraction water samples exceeded the guideline as there was no evaluation guideline for the dissolved fractions.

Zero of three total fraction water samples exceeded the USEPA Aquatic Life Benchmark.

This does not exceed the allowable frequency listed in Table 3.1 of the Listing Policy

4. Pursuant to section 3.11, no additional data and information are available indicating that standards are not met.
 
Regional Board Decision Recommendation: After review of the available data and information, RWQCB staff concludes that the water body-pollutant combination should not be placed on the section 303(d) list because applicable water quality standards are not being exceeded.
 
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 103216, Chlorpyrifos, methyl
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 29903
 
Pollutant: Chlorfenvinphos | Chlorpyrifos, methyl | Cuomaphos | Dicrotophos | Dyfonate (Fonofos or Fonophos) | Fenchlorphos | Leptophos | Merphos | Mevinphos | Tetrachlorvinphos
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Dissolved
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 28
Number of Exceedances:
 
Data and Information Type: Fixed station physical/chemical (conventional plus toxic pollutants)
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Twenty-eight water quality samples were collected and analyzed biannually from 5/2002 through 5/2004 at eight locations in the Salton Sea (SWAMP, 2006).
Data Reference: Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) Data for organic and inorganic constituents in water and sediment samples collected from water bodies located in the Colorado River Basin- Region 7. May 2002 - May 2004.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: Basin Plan: No individual chemical or combination of chemicals shall be present in concentrations that adversely affect beneficial uses (CRBRWQCB, 2006).

No evaluation guidelines for the dissolved fractions of Chlorfenvinphos, Cuomaphos, Dicrotophos, Fenchchlorphos, Dyfonate, Leptophos, Merphos, Mevinphos, Tetrachlorvinphos, or Chlorpyrifos Methyl for the protection of human, animal or aquatic life in fresh waters could be found that met the requirements of Section 6.1.3 of the Listing Policy.
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline:
Guideline Reference:
 
Spatial Representation: Samples were collected from the following Salton Sea location: Salton Sea Drain NW1, Salton Sea Drain NW2, Salton Sea GS2, Salton Sea GS3, Salton Sea GS5, Salton Sea GS7, Salton Sea GS9, and Salton Sea GS10.
Temporal Representation: Twenty-eight water samples were collected. Water samples were generally collected and analyzed biannually, in May and October, from 5/2002 through 5/2004 from the Salton Sea NW2, GS2, GS7, and GS9 locations. The locations Salton Sea NW1, GS3, GS5, and GS10 were sampled in May and October of 2002.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: The sampling and analysis portions of this study were conducted in accordance with the SWAMP Quality Assurance Management Plan (QAMP) (Puckett, 2002).
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Management Plan for the State of California's Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program. Sacramento, CA. State Water Resources Control Board. SWAMP. December 2002 (1st version)
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 103216, Chlorpyrifos, methyl
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 129057
 
Pollutant: Chlorpyrifos, methyl
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 3
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and results are as follows: 0 of 3 samples exceeded the water quality standard for Chlorpyrifos Methyl.
Data Reference: Water Quality Assessment Data for the 2018 solicitation cycle submitted through CEDEN for SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: No individual chemical or combination of chemicals shall be present in concentrations that adversely affect beneficial uses.
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin Region (Includes amendments effective on or before January 8, 2019)
 
Evaluation Guideline: The evaluation guideline for Chlorpyrifos Methyl is the USEPA Aquatic Life Benchmark of 0.085 ug/L for an invertebrate (acute).
Guideline Reference: OPP Aquatic Life Benchmarks
 
Spatial Representation: The samples were collected at 3 monitoring site(s) (728SSGS02, 728SSGS07, 728SSGS09)
Temporal Representation: The samples were collected between the dates of 2011-05-11 and 2011-05-11
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program  
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program
 
 
DECISION ID
69931
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
Pollutant: Chromium (total)
Final Listing Decision: Do Not List on 303(d) list (TMDL required list)
Last Listing Cycle's Final Listing Decision: Do Not List on 303(d) list (TMDL required list)(2016)
Revision Status Revised
Impairment from Pollutant or Pollution: Pollutant
 
Regional Board Conclusion: These pollutants are being considered for placement on the section 303(d) list under section 3.1 and 3.6 of the Listing Policy.

Under section 3.1 a single line of evidence is necessary to assess listing status.

Under section 3.6 at least two lines of evidence are necessary to assess listing status for pollutants sediment, and pollutant concentrations in sediment must be associated with sediment toxicity to justify adding that pollutant to the CWA section 303(d) List.

Six lines of evidence are available in the administrative record to assess these pollutants.

Zero of the samples exceed the water quality objectives.

Based on the readily available data and information, the weight of evidence indicates that there is sufficient justification against placing this water segment-pollutant combination on the section 303(d) list in the Water Quality Limited Segments category.

This conclusion is based on the staff findings that:
1. The data used satisfies the data quality requirements of section 6.1.4 of the Policy.
2. The data used satisfies the data quantity requirements of section 6.1.5 of the Policy.
3. Zero of the samples exceed the water quality objectives.

This does not exceed the allowable frequency listed in Table 3.1 of the Listing Policy.
4. Pursuant to section 3.11 of the Listing Policy, no additional data and information are available indicating that standards are not met.
 
Regional Board Decision Recommendation: After review of the available data and information, RWQCB staff concludes that the water body-pollutant combination should not be placed on the section 303(d) list because applicable water quality standards are not being exceeded.
 
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 69931, Chromium (total)
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 125413
 
Pollutant: Chromium
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Sediment
Matrix: Sediment
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 3
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and the results are as follows: 0 of the 3 samples exceeded the evaluation guideline for Chromium .
Data Reference: Water Quality Assessment Data for the 2018 solicitation cycle submitted through CEDEN for SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: All waters shall be maintained free of toxic substances in concentrations which are toxic to, or which produce detrimental physiological responses in, human, plant, animal, or aquatic life. There shall be no increase in hazardous chemical concentrations found in bottom sediments or aquatic life. (Water Quality Control Plan, Colorado River Basin)
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin Region (Includes amendments effective on or before January 8, 2019)
 
Evaluation Guideline: The evaluation guideline for Chromium from MacDonald et al., 2000a which states that the probable effect concentration for Chromium is 111 mg/kg. (dw = Dry Weight)
Guideline Reference: Development and evaluation of consensus-based sediment quality guidelines for freshwater ecosystems. Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 39: 20-31
 
Spatial Representation: Data were collected from 3 (Station Codes: 728SSGS02, 728SSGS07, 728SSGS09).
Temporal Representation: Data for this waterbody were collected over the date range 2011-05-11 to 2011-05-11
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program  
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 69931, Chromium (total)
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 35233
 
Pollutant: Chromium
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Sediment
Matrix: Sediment
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 17
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and results are as follows: 0 of 17 samples exceed the criterion for Chromium.
Data Reference: RWB7 Trend Monitoring CY2005 CY2006 CY2007 CY2008
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: All waters shall be maintained free of toxic substances in concentrations which are toxic to, or which produce detrimental physiological responses in, human, plant, animal, or aquatic life (Water Quality Control Plan, Colorado River Basin).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: In freshwater sediments the probable effect concentration (predictive of sediment toxicity) for chromium is 111 mg/Kg dry weight (MacDonald et al. 2000).
Guideline Reference: Development and evaluation of consensus-based sediment quality guidelines for freshwater ecosystems. Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 39: 20-31
 
Spatial Representation: Data for this line of evidence for Salton Sea was collected at 4 monitoring sites [ Salton Sea USGS2, Salton Sea USGS7, Salton Sea USGS9, Salton Sea Drain NW2 (Torrez Martinez 2)]
Temporal Representation: Data was collected over the time period 10/26/2005-4/22/2008.
Environmental Conditions: Staff is not aware of any special conditions that might affect interpretation of the data.
QAPP Information: The SWAMP QAPP (2008) was followed.
QAPP Information Reference(s): Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program Quality Assurance Program Plan
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 69931, Chromium (total)
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 5077
 
Pollutant: Chromium (total)
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Dissolved
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 36
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: Fixed station physical/chemical (conventional plus toxic pollutants)
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Thirty-six water quality samples were collected and analyzed biannually from 5/2002 through 5/2005 at eight locations in the Salton Sea. Of these total samples, none exceeded the CTR Criteria (SWAMP, 2007).
Data Reference: Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) Data for organic and inorganic constituents in water and sediment samples collected from water bodies located in the Colorado River Basin-Region 7. May 2002-May 2005.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: California Toxics Rule (CTR) Criterion Maximum Concentration (CMC) of 1724 ug/l for the protection of freshwater aquatic life uses (USEPA, 2000).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Standards 2000. Establishment of numeric criteria for priority toxic pollutants for the State of California: Rules and regulations. Federal Register Vol. 65, No. 97. Washington, D.C.: Environmental Protection Agency
 
Evaluation Guideline:
Guideline Reference:
 
Spatial Representation: Samples were collected from the following Salton Sea location: Salton Sea Drain NW1, Salton Sea Drain NW2, Salton Sea GS2, Salton Sea GS3, Salton Sea GS5, Salton Sea GS7, Salton Sea GS9, and Salton Sea GS10.
Temporal Representation: Thirty-six water samples were collected. Water samples were generally collected and analyzed biannually, in May and October, from 5/2002 through 5/2005 from the Salton Sa NW2, GS2, GS7, and GS9 locations. The rest of the locations were sampled in May and October 2002. Samples were not collected from each location every sampling round.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: The sampling and analysis portions of this study were conducted in accordance with the SWAMP Quality Assurance Management Plan (QAMP) (Puckett, 2002).
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Management Plan for the State of California's Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program. Sacramento, CA. State Water Resources Control Board. SWAMP. December 2002 (1st version)
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 69931, Chromium (total)
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 5244
 
Pollutant: Chromium (total)
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Sediment
Matrix: Sediment
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 14
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: Other Agencies/Organizations provided monitoring data
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Fourteen sediment quality samples were taken at 11 locations in the Salton Sea, generally collected from 7/1998 through 10/2001. Of these total samples , none exceeded the PEC Criteria (USGS, 2007).
Data Reference: Data for organic and inorganic chemicals in water and sediment samples collected from waterbodies located in the Colorado River Basin-Region 7, collected and reported on the National Water Information System (NWIS) Water Quality database. 1961-2005.
 
SWAMP Data: Non-SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: Basin Plan: No individual chemical or combination of chemicals shall be present in concentrations that adversely affect beneficial uses. There shall be no increase in hazardous chemical concentrations found in bottom sediments or aquatic life (CRBRWQCB, 2006).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: Consensus Based Sediment Quality Guideline Probable Effects Concentration (PEC) Criteria 111 mg/kg for the protection of aquatic life uses (MacDonald et al, 2000).
Guideline Reference: Development and evaluation of consensus-based sediment quality guidelines for freshwater ecosystems. Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 39: 20-31
 
Spatial Representation: Samples were collected at the following Salton Sea locations: USGS Station No. 333006116031501 near the mouth of the Coachella Valley Storm Water Channel, USGS Station No. 332958116023501 in the Coachella Valley Storm Water Channel Delta, USGS Station No. 332908116011501 between North Basin and Coachella Valley Storm Water Channel, USGS Station No. 332637115512001 in Salt Creek Delta, USGS Station No. 331400115380001 in Alamo River Delta, USGS Station No. 331400115450001 near center of South Basin, USGS Station No. 331215115410001 between South Basin and New and Alamo River Deltas, USGS Station No. 330835115434501 in New River Delta, USGS Station No. 331023115473701 in San Felipe Creek Delta, USGS Station No. 330803115414001 near the mouth of New River, and USGS Station No. 331242115371401 near the mouth of Alamo River.
Temporal Representation: Fourteen samples were collected. Samples were generally collected from 7/1998 through 10/2001. Seven samples were collected in 1998, 1 samples was collected in 1999, no samples were collected in 2000, and 6 samples were collected in 2001.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Assume samplers used standard USGS methods for sample collection (Wilde, variously dated). Assume analysts used standard analytical methods and quality assurance as described in (USGS, 2007).
QAPP Information Reference(s): Data for organic and inorganic chemicals in water and sediment samples collected from waterbodies located in the Colorado River Basin-Region 7, collected and reported on the National Water Information System (NWIS) Water Quality database. 1961-2005.
  Field measurements: U.S. Geological Survey Techniques of Water-Resources Investigations, book 9, chap. A6. In United States Geological Survey (USGS). Variously dated. National field manual for the collection of water-quality data: U.S. Geological Survey Techniques of Water-Resources Investigations, book 9, chaps. A1-A9, available online at http://pubs.water.usgs.gov/twri9A.
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 69931, Chromium (total)
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 5109
 
Pollutant: Arsenic | Benzo(a)anthracene | Cadmium | Chromium (total) | Chrysene (C1-C4) | Copper | Dieldrin | Endrin | Fluoranthene | Fluorene | Lead | Lindane/gamma Hexachlorocyclohexane (gamma-HCH) | Mercury | Naphthalene | Nickel | PCBs (Polychlorinated biphenyls) | Phenanthrene | Pyrene
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Sediment
Matrix: Sediment
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 36
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: Fixed station physical/chemical (conventional plus toxic pollutants)
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Thirty-six sediment quality samples were collected and analyzed biannually from 5/2002 through 5/2005 at eight locations in the Salton Sea. Of these total samples, none exceeded the PEC (SWAMP, 2007).
Data Reference: Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) Data for organic and inorganic constituents in water and sediment samples collected from water bodies located in the Colorado River Basin-Region 7. May 2002-May 2005.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: Basin Plan: No individual chemical or combination of chemicals shall be present in concentrations that adversely affect beneficial uses. There shall be no increase in hazardous chemical concentrations found in bottom sediments or aquatic life (CRBRWQCB, 2006).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: Consensus Based Sediment Quality Guideline Probable Effects Concentrations (PECs) for the protection of freshwater organisms to toxic effects were used for the following constituents: 33 mg/kg Arsenic, 1050 ug/kg Benz[a]anthrazene, 4.98 mg/kg Cadmium, 111 mg/kg Chromium, 1290 ug/kg Chrysene, 149 mg/kg Copper, 61.8 ug/g Dieldrin, 207 ug/kg Endrin, 2230 ug/kg Fluoranthene, 536 ug/kg Fluorene, 128 mg/kg Lead, 4.99 ug/kg Lindane/Hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH), 1.06 mg/kg Mercury, 561 ug/kg Naphthalene, 48.6 mg/kg Nickel, 676 ug/kg PCBs (Polychlorinated biphenyls), 1170 ug/kg Phenanthrene , 1520 ug/kg Pyrene (Macdonald et al, 2000).
Guideline Reference: Development and evaluation of consensus-based sediment quality guidelines for freshwater ecosystems. Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 39: 20-31
 
Spatial Representation: Samples were collected from the following Salton Sea location: Salton Sea Drain NW1, Salton Sea Drain NW2, Salton Sea GS2, Salton Sea GS3, Salton Sea GS5, Salton Sea GS7, Salton Sea GS9, Salton Sea GS10.
Temporal Representation: Thirty-six sediment samples were collected. Sediment samples were generally collected and analyzed biannually, in May and October, from 5/2002 through 5/2005 from the Salton Sa NW2, GS2, GS7, and GS9 locations. The rest of the locations were sampled in May and October 2002. Samples were not collected from each location every sampling round.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: The sampling and analysis portions of this study were conducted in accordance with the SWAMP Quality Assurance Management Plan (QAMP) (Puckett, 2002).
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Management Plan for the State of California's Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program. Sacramento, CA. State Water Resources Control Board. SWAMP. December 2002 (1st version)
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 69931, Chromium (total)
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 33927
 
Pollutant: Chromium
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Dissolved
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 20
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: None of the 20 samples exceeded the hardness based criteria calculated for chromium III or the criteria for chromium VI.
Data Reference: RWB7 Trend Monitoring CY2005 CY2006 CY2007 CY2008
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: California Toxics Rule (CTR) lists criterion continuous concentrations (4-day average) to protect aquatic life in freshwater. The criterion in freshwater is hardness dependent for each chromium III sample and varies based on the ambient hardness during sampling. Section (b)(1) in CTR contains the hardness dependent formula for the metals criterion. The criterion continuous concentration (4-day average) to protect aquatic life in freshwater for chromium VI is 11 ug/L and is not hardness dependent.
Objective/Criterion Reference: Code of Federal Regulations 40 part 131.38 Establishment of numeric criteria for priority toxic pollutants for the State of California. 7/1/2011 Edition
 
Evaluation Guideline:
Guideline Reference:
 
Spatial Representation: Samples collected at stations 728SSDNW2 (Salton Sea Drain NW2 (Torrez Martinez 2), 728SSGS02 (Salton Sea USGS2), 728SSGS07 (Salton Sea USGS07) and , 728SSGS09 (Salton Sea USGS9).
Temporal Representation: Samples collected between 10/26/05 and 10/28/08.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: SWAMP QAPP (2008) was followed.
QAPP Information Reference(s): Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program Quality Assurance Program Plan
 
 
DECISION ID
71198
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
Pollutant: Chrysene (C1-C4)
Final Listing Decision: Do Not List on 303(d) list (TMDL required list)
Last Listing Cycle's Final Listing Decision: Do Not List on 303(d) list (TMDL required list)(2016)
Revision Status Revised
Impairment from Pollutant or Pollution: Pollutant
 
Regional Board Conclusion: This pollutant is being considered for placement on the section 303(d) list under section 3.1 and 3.6 of the Listing Policy.

Under section 3.1 a single line of evidence is necessary to assess listing status.

Under section 3.6 at least two lines of evidence are necessary to assess listing status for pollutants sediment, and pollutant concentrations in sediment must be associated with sediment toxicity to justify adding that pollutant to the CWA section 303(d) List.

Four lines of evidence are available in the administrative record to assess this pollutant.

None of the samples exceed the water quality objective.

Based on the readily available data and information, the weight of evidence indicates that there is sufficient justification against placing this water segment-pollutant combination on the section 303(d) list in the Water Quality Limited Segments category.

This conclusion is based on the staff findings that:
1. The data used satisfies the data quality requirements of section 6.1.4 of the Policy.
2. None of the samples exceed the water quality objective.

This does not exceed the allowable frequency listed in Table 3.1 of the Listing Policy.
4. Pursuant to section 3.11 of the Listing Policy, no additional data and information are available indicating that standards are not met.
 
Regional Board Decision Recommendation: After review of the available data and information, RWQCB staff concludes that the water body-pollutant combination should not be placed on the section 303(d) list because applicable water quality standards are not being exceeded.
 
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 71198, Chrysene (C1-C4)
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 5109
 
Pollutant: Arsenic | Benzo(a)anthracene | Cadmium | Chromium (total) | Chrysene (C1-C4) | Copper | Dieldrin | Endrin | Fluoranthene | Fluorene | Lead | Lindane/gamma Hexachlorocyclohexane (gamma-HCH) | Mercury | Naphthalene | Nickel | PCBs (Polychlorinated biphenyls) | Phenanthrene | Pyrene
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Sediment
Matrix: Sediment
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 36
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: Fixed station physical/chemical (conventional plus toxic pollutants)
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Thirty-six sediment quality samples were collected and analyzed biannually from 5/2002 through 5/2005 at eight locations in the Salton Sea. Of these total samples, none exceeded the PEC (SWAMP, 2007).
Data Reference: Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) Data for organic and inorganic constituents in water and sediment samples collected from water bodies located in the Colorado River Basin-Region 7. May 2002-May 2005.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: Basin Plan: No individual chemical or combination of chemicals shall be present in concentrations that adversely affect beneficial uses. There shall be no increase in hazardous chemical concentrations found in bottom sediments or aquatic life (CRBRWQCB, 2006).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: Consensus Based Sediment Quality Guideline Probable Effects Concentrations (PECs) for the protection of freshwater organisms to toxic effects were used for the following constituents: 33 mg/kg Arsenic, 1050 ug/kg Benz[a]anthrazene, 4.98 mg/kg Cadmium, 111 mg/kg Chromium, 1290 ug/kg Chrysene, 149 mg/kg Copper, 61.8 ug/g Dieldrin, 207 ug/kg Endrin, 2230 ug/kg Fluoranthene, 536 ug/kg Fluorene, 128 mg/kg Lead, 4.99 ug/kg Lindane/Hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH), 1.06 mg/kg Mercury, 561 ug/kg Naphthalene, 48.6 mg/kg Nickel, 676 ug/kg PCBs (Polychlorinated biphenyls), 1170 ug/kg Phenanthrene , 1520 ug/kg Pyrene (Macdonald et al, 2000).
Guideline Reference: Development and evaluation of consensus-based sediment quality guidelines for freshwater ecosystems. Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 39: 20-31
 
Spatial Representation: Samples were collected from the following Salton Sea location: Salton Sea Drain NW1, Salton Sea Drain NW2, Salton Sea GS2, Salton Sea GS3, Salton Sea GS5, Salton Sea GS7, Salton Sea GS9, Salton Sea GS10.
Temporal Representation: Thirty-six sediment samples were collected. Sediment samples were generally collected and analyzed biannually, in May and October, from 5/2002 through 5/2005 from the Salton Sa NW2, GS2, GS7, and GS9 locations. The rest of the locations were sampled in May and October 2002. Samples were not collected from each location every sampling round.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: The sampling and analysis portions of this study were conducted in accordance with the SWAMP Quality Assurance Management Plan (QAMP) (Puckett, 2002).
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Management Plan for the State of California's Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program. Sacramento, CA. State Water Resources Control Board. SWAMP. December 2002 (1st version)
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 71198, Chrysene (C1-C4)
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 5092
 
Pollutant: Benzo(a)anthracene | Benzo(a)pyrene (3,4-Benzopyrene -7-d) | Benzo[b]fluoranthene | Benzo[k]fluoranthene | Chrysene (C1-C4) | Dibenz[a,h]anthracene | Indeno[1,2,3-cd]pyrene
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Dissolved
 
Beneficial Use: Commercial or recreational collection of fish, shellfish, or organisms
 
Number of Samples: 28
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: Fixed station physical/chemical (conventional plus toxic pollutants)
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Twenty-eight water quality samples were collected and analyzed biannually from 5/2002 through 5/2005 at eight locations in the Salton Sea. Of these total samples, none exceeded the CTR Criteria (SWAMP, 2007).
Data Reference: Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) Data for organic and inorganic constituents in water and sediment samples collected from water bodies located in the Colorado River Basin-Region 7. May 2002-May 2005.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: California Toxics Rule (CTR) Criteria for the protection of human health when consuming organisms from aquatic systems were used for the following constituents: 0.049 ug/l Benzo[a]Anthracene, 0.049 ug/l Benzo[a]Pyrene, 0.049 ug/l Benzo[b]Fluoranthene, 0.049 ug/l Benzo[k]Fluoranthene, 0.049 ug/l Chrysene, 0.049 ug/l Dibenzo(a,h)Anthracene, and 0.049 ug/l Indeno(1,2,3-cd) Pyrene (USEPA, 2000).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Standards 2000. Establishment of numeric criteria for priority toxic pollutants for the State of California: Rules and regulations. Federal Register Vol. 65, No. 97. Washington, D.C.: Environmental Protection Agency
 
Evaluation Guideline:
Guideline Reference:
 
Spatial Representation: Samples were collected from the following Salton Sea location: Salton Sea Drain NW1, Salton Sea Drain NW2, Salton Sea GS2, Salton Sea GS3, Salton Sea GS5, Salton Sea GS7, Salton Sea GS9, and Salton Sea GS10.
Temporal Representation: Twenty-eight water samples were collected. Water samples were generally collected and analyzed biannually, in May and October, from 5/2002 through 5/2005 from the Salton Sea NW2, GS2, GS7, and GS9 locations. The rest of the locations were sampled in May and October 2002. Samples were not collected from each location every sampling round.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: The sampling and analysis portions of this study were conducted in accordance with the SWAMP Quality Assurance Management Plan (QAMP) (Puckett, 2002).
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Management Plan for the State of California's Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program. Sacramento, CA. State Water Resources Control Board. SWAMP. December 2002 (1st version)
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 71198, Chrysene (C1-C4)
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 125707
 
Pollutant: Chrysene (C1-C4)
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Sediment
Matrix: Sediment
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 3
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and the results are as follows: 0 of the 3 samples exceeded the evaluation guideline for Chrysene .
Data Reference: Water Quality Assessment Data for the 2018 solicitation cycle submitted through CEDEN for SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: All waters shall be maintained free of toxic substances in concentrations which are toxic to, or which produce detrimental physiological responses in, human, plant, animal, or aquatic life. There shall be no increase in hazardous chemical concentrations found in bottom sediments or aquatic life. (Water Quality Control Plan, Colorado River Basin)
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin Region (Includes amendments effective on or before January 8, 2019)
 
Evaluation Guideline: The evaluation guideline for Chrysene from MacDonald et al., 2000a which states that the probable effect concentration for Chrysene is 1290 ug/kg. (dw = Dry Weight)
Guideline Reference: Development and evaluation of consensus-based sediment quality guidelines for freshwater ecosystems. Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 39: 20-31
 
Spatial Representation: Data were collected from 3 (Station Codes: 728SSGS02, 728SSGS07, 728SSGS09).
Temporal Representation: Data for this waterbody were collected over the date range 2011-05-11 to 2011-05-11
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program  
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 71198, Chrysene (C1-C4)
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 32872
 
Pollutant: Chrysene (C1-C4)
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Sediment
Matrix: Sediment
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 14
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Zero of 14 samples collected for Chrysene (Sum of c0-c3) exceeded the evaluation guideline.
Data Reference: RWB7 Trend Monitoring CY2005 CY2006 CY2007 CY2008
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: No individual chemical or combination of chemicals shall be present in concentrations that adversely affect beneficial uses. There shall be no increase in hazardous chemical concentrations found in bottom sediments or aquatic life (Colorado River Basin Plan).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: The Probable Effect Concentration for Chrysene in freshwater sediments is 1290 ug/kg.
Guideline Reference: Development and evaluation of consensus-based sediment quality guidelines for freshwater ecosystems. Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 39: 20-31
 
Spatial Representation: Data were collected at the following stations: Salton Sea Drain NW2 (Torrez Martinez 2) - 728SSDNW2, Salton Sea USGS2 - 728SSGS02, Salton Sea USGS7 - 728SSGS07, Salton Sea USGS9 - 728SSGS09, .
Temporal Representation: The samples were collected on 10/26/2005 - 4/22/2008.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: The SWAMP QAPP (2008) was followed.
QAPP Information Reference(s): Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program Quality Assurance Program Plan
 
 
DECISION ID
70637
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
Pollutant: Copper
Final Listing Decision: Do Not List on 303(d) list (TMDL required list)
Last Listing Cycle's Final Listing Decision: Do Not List on 303(d) list (TMDL required list)(2016)
Revision Status Revised
Impairment from Pollutant or Pollution: Pollutant
 
Regional Board Conclusion: This pollutant is being considered for placement on the section 303(d) list under section 3.1 and 3.6 of the Listing Policy.

Under section 3.1 a single line of evidence is necessary to assess listing status.

Under section 3.6 at least two lines of evidence are necessary to assess listing status for pollutants sediment, and pollutant concentrations in sediment must be associated with sediment toxicity to justify adding that pollutant to the CWA section 303(d) List.

Six lines of evidence are available in the administrative record to assess this pollutant.

None of the samples exceed the water quality objective.

Based on the readily available data and information, the weight of evidence indicates that there is sufficient justification against placing this water segment-pollutant combination on the section 303(d) list in the Water Quality Limited Segments category.

This conclusion is based on the staff findings that:
1. The data used satisfies the data quality requirements of section 6.1.4 of the Policy.
2. None of the samples exceed the water quality objective.

This does not exceed the allowable frequency listed in Table 3.1 of the Listing Policy.

4. Pursuant to section 3.11 of the Listing Policy, no additional data and information are available indicating that standards are not met.
 
Regional Board Decision Recommendation: After review of the available data and information, RWQCB staff concludes that the water body-pollutant combination should not be placed on the section 303(d) list because applicable water quality standards are not being exceeded.
 
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 70637, Copper
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 4949
 
Pollutant: Copper
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Dissolved
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 36
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: Fixed station physical/chemical (conventional plus toxic pollutants)
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Thirty-six water quality samples were collected and analyzed biannually from 5/2002 through 5/2005 at eight locations in the Salton Sea. Of these total samples, none exceeded the CTR Criteria (SWAMP, 2007).
Data Reference: Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) Data for organic and inorganic constituents in water and sediment samples collected from water bodies located in the Colorado River Basin-Region 7. May 2002-May 2005.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: California Toxics Rule Hardness Dependent Criterion Maximum Concentration (CMC) for the protection of freshwater aquatic life uses (USEPA, 2000).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Standards 2000. Establishment of numeric criteria for priority toxic pollutants for the State of California: Rules and regulations. Federal Register Vol. 65, No. 97. Washington, D.C.: Environmental Protection Agency
 
Evaluation Guideline:
Guideline Reference:
 
Spatial Representation: Samples were collected from the following Salton Sea location: Salton Sea Drain NW1, Salton Sea Drain NW2, Salton Sea GS2, Salton Sea GS3, Salton Sea GS5, Salton Sea GS7, Salton Sea GS9, Salton Sea GS10.
Temporal Representation: Thiry-six water samples were collected. Water samples were generally collected and analyzed biannually, in May and October, from 5/2002 through 5/2005 from the Salton Sea NW2, GS2, GS7, and GS9 locations. The rest of the locations were sampled in May and October 2002. Samples were not collected from each location every sampling round.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: The sampling and analysis portions of this study were conducted in accordance with the SWAMP Quality Assurance Management Plan (QAMP) (Puckett, 2002).
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Management Plan for the State of California's Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program. Sacramento, CA. State Water Resources Control Board. SWAMP. December 2002 (1st version)
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 70637, Copper
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 5109
 
Pollutant: Arsenic | Benzo(a)anthracene | Cadmium | Chromium (total) | Chrysene (C1-C4) | Copper | Dieldrin | Endrin | Fluoranthene | Fluorene | Lead | Lindane/gamma Hexachlorocyclohexane (gamma-HCH) | Mercury | Naphthalene | Nickel | PCBs (Polychlorinated biphenyls) | Phenanthrene | Pyrene
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Sediment
Matrix: Sediment
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 36
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: Fixed station physical/chemical (conventional plus toxic pollutants)
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Thirty-six sediment quality samples were collected and analyzed biannually from 5/2002 through 5/2005 at eight locations in the Salton Sea. Of these total samples, none exceeded the PEC (SWAMP, 2007).
Data Reference: Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) Data for organic and inorganic constituents in water and sediment samples collected from water bodies located in the Colorado River Basin-Region 7. May 2002-May 2005.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: Basin Plan: No individual chemical or combination of chemicals shall be present in concentrations that adversely affect beneficial uses. There shall be no increase in hazardous chemical concentrations found in bottom sediments or aquatic life (CRBRWQCB, 2006).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: Consensus Based Sediment Quality Guideline Probable Effects Concentrations (PECs) for the protection of freshwater organisms to toxic effects were used for the following constituents: 33 mg/kg Arsenic, 1050 ug/kg Benz[a]anthrazene, 4.98 mg/kg Cadmium, 111 mg/kg Chromium, 1290 ug/kg Chrysene, 149 mg/kg Copper, 61.8 ug/g Dieldrin, 207 ug/kg Endrin, 2230 ug/kg Fluoranthene, 536 ug/kg Fluorene, 128 mg/kg Lead, 4.99 ug/kg Lindane/Hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH), 1.06 mg/kg Mercury, 561 ug/kg Naphthalene, 48.6 mg/kg Nickel, 676 ug/kg PCBs (Polychlorinated biphenyls), 1170 ug/kg Phenanthrene , 1520 ug/kg Pyrene (Macdonald et al, 2000).
Guideline Reference: Development and evaluation of consensus-based sediment quality guidelines for freshwater ecosystems. Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 39: 20-31
 
Spatial Representation: Samples were collected from the following Salton Sea location: Salton Sea Drain NW1, Salton Sea Drain NW2, Salton Sea GS2, Salton Sea GS3, Salton Sea GS5, Salton Sea GS7, Salton Sea GS9, Salton Sea GS10.
Temporal Representation: Thirty-six sediment samples were collected. Sediment samples were generally collected and analyzed biannually, in May and October, from 5/2002 through 5/2005 from the Salton Sa NW2, GS2, GS7, and GS9 locations. The rest of the locations were sampled in May and October 2002. Samples were not collected from each location every sampling round.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: The sampling and analysis portions of this study were conducted in accordance with the SWAMP Quality Assurance Management Plan (QAMP) (Puckett, 2002).
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Management Plan for the State of California's Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program. Sacramento, CA. State Water Resources Control Board. SWAMP. December 2002 (1st version)
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 70637, Copper
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 5099
 
Pollutant: Arsenic | Copper
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Dissolved
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 36
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: Fixed station physical/chemical (conventional plus toxic pollutants)
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Thirty-six water quality samples were collected and analyzed biannually from 5/2002 through 5/2005 at eight locations in the Salton Sea. Of these total samples, none exceeded the USFWS Biological Effects Criteria (SWAMP, 2007).
Data Reference: Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) Data for organic and inorganic constituents in water and sediment samples collected from water bodies located in the Colorado River Basin-Region 7. May 2002-May 2005.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: Basin Plan: No individual chemical or combination of chemicals shall be present in concentrations that adversely affect beneficial uses. There shall be no increase in hazardous chemical concentrations found in bottom sediments or aquatic life (CRBRWQCB, 2006).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Biological Effects Criteria for the protection of aquatic life uses were used for the following constituents: 0.25 mg/l Arsenic, and 15 mg/l Copper (USDOI, 1998).
Guideline Reference: Guidelines for Interpretation of the Biological Effect of Selected Constituents in Biota, Water, and Sediment. US Department of Interior report.
 
Spatial Representation: Samples were collected from the following Salton Sea location: Salton Sea Drain NW1, Salton Sea Drain NW2, Salton Sea GS2, Salton Sea GS3, Salton Sea GS5, Salton Sea GS7, Salton Sea GS9, Salton Sea GS10.
Temporal Representation: Thirty-six water samples were collected. Water samples were generally collected and analyzed biannually, in May and October, from 5/2002 through 5/2005 from the Salton Sa NW2, GS2, GS7, and GS9 locations. The rest of the locations were sampled in May and October 2002. Samples were not collected from each location every sampling round.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: The sampling and analysis portions of this study were conducted in accordance with the SWAMP Quality Assurance Management Plan (QAMP) (Puckett, 2002).
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Management Plan for the State of California's Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program. Sacramento, CA. State Water Resources Control Board. SWAMP. December 2002 (1st version)
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 70637, Copper
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 125412
 
Pollutant: Copper
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Sediment
Matrix: Sediment
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 3
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and the results are as follows: 0 of the 3 samples exceeded the evaluation guideline for Copper .
Data Reference: Water Quality Assessment Data for the 2018 solicitation cycle submitted through CEDEN for SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: All waters shall be maintained free of toxic substances in concentrations which are toxic to, or which produce detrimental physiological responses in, human, plant, animal, or aquatic life. There shall be no increase in hazardous chemical concentrations found in bottom sediments or aquatic life. (Water Quality Control Plan, Colorado River Basin)
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin Region (Includes amendments effective on or before January 8, 2019)
 
Evaluation Guideline: The evaluation guideline for Copper from MacDonald et al., 2000a which states that the probable effect concentration for Copper is 149 mg/kg. (dw = Dry Weight)
Guideline Reference: Development and evaluation of consensus-based sediment quality guidelines for freshwater ecosystems. Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 39: 20-31
 
Spatial Representation: Data were collected from 3 (Station Codes: 728SSGS02, 728SSGS07, 728SSGS09).
Temporal Representation: Data for this waterbody were collected over the date range 2011-05-11 to 2011-05-11
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program  
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 70637, Copper
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 35299
 
Pollutant: Copper
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Sediment
Matrix: Sediment
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 17
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and results are as follows: 0 of 17 samples exceed the criterion for Copper.
Data Reference: RWB7 Trend Monitoring CY2005 CY2006 CY2007 CY2008
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: All waters shall be maintained free of toxic substances in concentrations which are toxic to, or which produce detrimental physiological responses in, human, plant, animal, or aquatic life (Water Quality Control Plan, Colorado River Basin).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: In freshwater sediments the probable effect concentration (predictive of sediment toxicity) for copper is 149 mg/Kg dry weight (MacDonald et al. 2000).
Guideline Reference: Development and evaluation of consensus-based sediment quality guidelines for freshwater ecosystems. Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 39: 20-31
 
Spatial Representation: Data for this line of evidence for Salton Sea was collected at 4 monitoring sites [ Salton Sea USGS2, Salton Sea USGS7, Salton Sea USGS9, Salton Sea Drain NW2 (Torrez Martinez 2)]
Temporal Representation: Data was collected over the time period 10/26/2005-4/22/2008.
Environmental Conditions: Staff is not aware of any special conditions that might affect interpretation of the data.
QAPP Information: The SWAMP QAPP (2008) was followed.
QAPP Information Reference(s): Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program Quality Assurance Program Plan
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 70637, Copper
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 5288
 
Pollutant: Copper
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Sediment
Matrix: Sediment
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 13
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: Other Agencies/Organizations provided monitoring data
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Thirteen sediment quality samples were taken at 10 locations in the Salton Sea, collected between 7/1998 and 10/2001. Out of these total samples, none exceeded the PEC Criteria (USGS, 2007).
Data Reference: Data for organic and inorganic chemicals in water and sediment samples collected from waterbodies located in the Colorado River Basin-Region 7, collected and reported on the National Water Information System (NWIS) Water Quality database. 1961-2005.
 
SWAMP Data: Non-SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: Basin Plan: No individual chemical or combination of chemicals shall be present in concentrations that adversely affect beneficial uses. There shall be no increase in hazardous chemical concentrations found in bottom sediments or aquatic life (CRBRWQCB, 2006).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: Consensus Based Sediment Quality Guideline Probable Effects Concentration (PEC) Criteria 149 mg/kg for the protection of aquatic life uses (MacDonald et al, 2000).
Guideline Reference: Development and evaluation of consensus-based sediment quality guidelines for freshwater ecosystems. Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 39: 20-31
 
Spatial Representation: Samples were collected at the following Salton Sea locations: USGS Station No. 333006116031501 near the mouth of the Coachella Valley Storm Water Channel, USGS Station No. 332958116023501 in the Coachella Valley Storm Water Channel Delta, USGS Station No. 332908116011501 between North Basin and Coachella Valley Storm Water Channel, USGS Station No. 332637115512001 in Salt Creek Delta, USGS Station No. 331400115450001 near center of South Basin, USGS Station No. 331215115410001 between South Basin and New and Alamo River Deltas, USGS Station No. 330835115434501 in New River Delta, USGS Station No. 331023115473701 in San Felipe Creek Delta, USGS Station No. 330803115414001 near the mouth of New River, and USGS Station No. 331242115371401 near the mouth of Alamo River.
Temporal Representation: Thirteen samples were collected. Samples were generally collected from 7/1998 through 10/2001. Seven samples were in 1998, 1 sample was collected in 1999, no samples were collected in 2000, and 5 samples were collected in 2001.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Assume samplers used standard USGS methods for sample collection (Wilde, variously dated). Assume analysts used standard analytical methods and quality assurance as described in (USGS, 2007).
QAPP Information Reference(s): Data for organic and inorganic chemicals in water and sediment samples collected from waterbodies located in the Colorado River Basin-Region 7, collected and reported on the National Water Information System (NWIS) Water Quality database. 1961-2005.
  Field measurements: U.S. Geological Survey Techniques of Water-Resources Investigations, book 9, chap. A6. In United States Geological Survey (USGS). Variously dated. National field manual for the collection of water-quality data: U.S. Geological Survey Techniques of Water-Resources Investigations, book 9, chaps. A1-A9, available online at http://pubs.water.usgs.gov/twri9A.
 
 
DECISION ID
102503
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
Pollutant: Coumaphos
Final Listing Decision: Do Not List on 303(d) list (TMDL required list)
Last Listing Cycle's Final Listing Decision: New Decision
Revision Status Revised
Impairment from Pollutant or Pollution: Pollutant
 
Regional Board Conclusion: This pollutant is being considered for placement on the CWA section 303(d) List under section 3.1 of the Listing Policy. Under section 3.1, a single line of evidence is necessary to assess listing status.

One line of evidence is available in the administrative record to assess this pollutant.

Zero of zero samples exceed the objective.

Although a total of one samples were collected, the one sample was not included in the assessment because the laboratory data reporting limit(s) was above the objective and therefore the results could not be quantified with the level of certainty required by the Listing Policy Section 6.1.5.5.

Based on the readily available data and information, the weight of evidence indicates that there is sufficient justification against placing this water segment-pollutant combination on the CWA section 303(d) List.

This conclusion is based on the staff findings that:
1. The data used satisfies the data quality requirements of section 6.1.4 of the Policy.
2. The data used satisfies the data quantity requirements of section 6.1.5 of the Policy.
3. Zero of zero samples exceed the objective.

Although a total of one samples were collected, the one sample was not included in the assessment because the laboratory data reporting limit(s) was above the objective and therefore the results could not be quantified with the level of certainty required by the Listing Policy Section 6.1.5.5.

This sample size is insufficient to determine, with the power and confidence of the Listing Policy, the applicable beneficial use support rating. A minimum of 16 samples is needed to determine if a beneficial use is fully supported using table 3.1.
4. Pursuant to section 3.11 of the Listing Policy, no additional data and information are available indicating that standards are not met.
 
Regional Board Decision Recommendation: After review of the available data and information, RWQCB staff concludes that the water body-pollutant combination should not be placed on the section 303(d) list. The readily available data and information is insufficient to determine, with the power and confidence of the Listing Policy, the applicable beneficial use support rating.
 
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 102503, Coumaphos
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 127023
 
Pollutant: Coumaphos
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 0
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support, and the results are as follows: 0 of the 0 samples exceeded the evaluation guideline for Coumaphos. Although a total of 1 samples were collected, 1 of these samples were not included in the assessment because the laboratory data reporting limit(s) was above the objective and therefore the results could not be quantified with the level of certainty required by the Listing Policy Section 6.1.5.5.
Data Reference: Water Quality Assessment Data for the 2018 solicitation cycle submitted through CEDEN for SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: No individual chemical or combination of chemicals shall be present in concentrations that adversely affect beneficial uses.
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin Region (Includes amendments effective on or before January 8, 2019)
 
Evaluation Guideline: The evaluation guideline for Coumaphos is the USEPA Aquatic Life Benchmark of 0.0337 ug/L for an invertebrate (chronic).
Guideline Reference: OPP Aquatic Life Benchmarks
 
Spatial Representation: Data was collected from 3 station(s) (Station Code(s) 728SSGS02, 728SSGS07, 728SSGS09).
Temporal Representation: Date for this waterbody was collected over the date range 2011-05-11 to 2011-05-11
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program  
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program
 
 
DECISION ID
78363
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
Pollutant: Cyanazine
Final Listing Decision: Do Not List on 303(d) list (TMDL required list)
Last Listing Cycle's Final Listing Decision: Do Not List on 303(d) list (TMDL required list)(2016)
Revision Status Revised
Impairment from Pollutant or Pollution: Pollutant
 
Regional Board Conclusion: This pollutant is being considered for placement on the section 303(d) list under section 3.1 of the Listing Policy. Under section 3.1 a single line of evidence is necessary to assess listing status.

Two lines of evidence are available in the administrative record to assess this pollutant.

Zero of 6 samples exceed the water quality objective.

Based on the readily available data and information, the weight of evidence indicates that there is sufficient justification against placing this water segment-pollutant combination on the section 303(d) list in the Water Quality Limited Segments category.

This conclusion is based on the staff findings that:
1. The data used satisfies the data quality requirements of section 6.1.4 of the Policy.
2. The data used satisfies the data quantity requirements of section 6.1.5 of the Policy.
3. Zero of 6 samples exceed the USEPA Office of Pesticide Programs Ecotoxicity database, the aquatic life EC50. This sample size is insufficient to determine with the power and confidence of the Listing Policy if standards are not met. A minimum of 16 samples is needed for application of table 3.1.
4. Pursuant to section 3.11 of the Listing Policy, no additional data and information are available indicating that standards are not met.
 
Regional Board Decision Recommendation: After review of the available data and information, RWQCB staff concludes that the water body-pollutant combination should not be placed on the section 303(d) list. The readily available data and information is insufficient to determine, with the power and confidence of the Listing Policy, the applicable beneficial use support rating.
 
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 78363, Cyanazine
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 128602
 
Pollutant: Cyanazine
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 3
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and results are as follows: 0 of 3 samples exceeded the water quality standard for Cyanazine.
Data Reference: Water Quality Assessment Data for the 2018 solicitation cycle submitted through CEDEN for SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: All waters shall be maintained free of toxic substances in concentrations which are toxic to, or which produce detrimental physiological responses in human, plant, animal, or indigenous aquatic life. (Colorado River Basin)
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin Region (Includes amendments effective on or before January 8, 2019)
 
Evaluation Guideline: According to the USEPA Office of Pesticide Programs Ecotoxicity database, the aquatic life EC50 for Cyanazine is 4.8 ug/L.
Guideline Reference: OPP Pesticide Ecotoxicity Database.
 
Spatial Representation: The samples were collected at 3 monitoring site(s) (728SSGS02, 728SSGS07, 728SSGS09)
Temporal Representation: The samples were collected between the dates of 2011-05-11 and 2011-05-11
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program  
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 78363, Cyanazine
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 35340
 
Pollutant: Cyanazine
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 3
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and results are as follows: 0 of 3 samples exceed the criterion for Cyanazine.
Data Reference: RWB7 Trend Monitoring CY2005 CY2006 CY2007 CY2008
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: All waters shall be maintained free of toxic substances in concentrations which are toxic to, or which produce detrimental phyusiological responses in human, plant, animal, or indigenous aquatic life. (Colorado River Basin)
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: According to the USEPA Office of Pesticide Programs Ecotoxicity database, the aquatic life EC50 for Cyanazine is 4.8 ug/L.
Guideline Reference: OPP Pesticide Ecotoxicity Database.
 
Spatial Representation: Data for this line of evidence for Salton Sea was collected at 3 monitoring sites [ Salton Sea USGS2 - 728SSGS02, Salton Sea USGS7 - 728SSGS07, Salton Sea USGS9 - 728SSGS09]
Temporal Representation: Data was collected on a single day 10/29/2008.
Environmental Conditions: Staff is not aware of any special conditions that might affect interpretation of the data.
QAPP Information: The SWAMP QAPP (2008) was followed.
QAPP Information Reference(s): Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program Quality Assurance Program Plan
 
 
DECISION ID
77957
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
Pollutant: Cyfluthrin
Final Listing Decision: Do Not List on 303(d) list (TMDL required list)
Last Listing Cycle's Final Listing Decision: Do Not List on 303(d) list (TMDL required list)(2016)
Revision Status Revised
Impairment from Pollutant or Pollution: Pollutant
 
Regional Board Conclusion: This pollutant is being considered for placement on the section 303(d) list under section 3.1 (for water samples) and 3.6 (for sediment samples) of the Listing Policy.

Under section 3.1 a single line of evidence is necessary to assess listing status.

Under section 3.6 a two lines of evidence are necessary to assess listing status.

Four lines of evidence are available in the administrative record to assess this pollutant: Two for water and two for sediment.

Water:
Three of three water samples exceeded the UC Davis Aquatic Life Criteria in 2007. Those three water sample exceedances occurred on a single day, 10/24/2007, and the data is not temporally independent to be used in the assessment based on the section 6.1.5.3 of the Listing Policy. So the LOE No. 46322 received a use rating of insufficient information.

Zero of zero water samples exceeded the UC Davis Aquatic Life Criteria in 2011. One sample was collected on 5/11/2011, but was not included in the assessment because the laboratory data reporting limit(s) was above the objective and therefore the results could not be quantified with the level of certainty required by the Listing Policy Section 6.1.5.5.

Sediment:
Zero of 20 sediment samples exceed the median lethal concentration.

Based on the readily available data and information, the weight of evidence indicates that there is sufficient justification against placing this water segment-pollutant combination on the section 303(d) list in the Water Quality Limited Segments category.

This conclusion is based on the staff findings that:
1. The data used satisfies the data quality requirements of section 6.1.4 of the Policy.
2. The data used is not satified the data quantity requirements of section 6.1.5 of the Policy.
3. Water:
Three of three water samples exceeded the UC Davis Aquatic Life Criteria in 2007. Those three water sample exceedances occurred on a single day, 10/24/2007, and the data is not temporally independent to be used in the assessment based on the section 6.1.5.3 of the Listing Policy. So the LOE No. 46322 received a use rating of insufficient information.

Zero of zero water samples exceeded the UC Davis Aquatic Life Criteria in 2011. One sample was collected on 5/11/2011, but was not included in the assessment because the laboratory data reporting limit(s) was above the objective and therefore the results could not be quantified with the level of certainty required by the Listing Policy Section 6.1.5.5.

Sediment:
Zero of 20 sediment samples exceed the median lethal concentration.

4. Pursuant to section 3.11 of the Listing Policy, no additional data and information are available indicating that standards are not met.
 
Regional Board Decision Recommendation: After review of the available data and information, RWQCB staff concludes that the water body-pollutant combination should not be placed on the section 303(d) list because applicable water quality standards are not being exceeded.
 
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 77957, Cyfluthrin
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 35429
 
Pollutant: Cyfluthrin
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Sediment
Matrix: Sediment
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 17
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and results are as follows: 0 of 17 samples exceed the criterion for Cyfluthrin, total.
Data Reference: RWB7 Trend Monitoring CY2005 CY2006 CY2007 CY2008
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: All waters shall be maintained free of toxic substances in concentrations which are toxic to, or which produce detrimental physiological responses in, human, plant, animal, or aquatic life (Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: The evaluation guideline for cyfluthrin is the median lethal concentration (LC50) of 1.1 ug/g and is normalized by the percentage of organic carbon in the sediment sample. The LC50 1.1 ug/g is the geometric mean of LC50 values for cyfluthrin from Amweg et al. (2005).
Guideline Reference: Use and Toxicity of Pyrethroid Pesticides in the Central Valley, California, USA. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 24:966-972, with erratum 24:No. 5
 
Spatial Representation: Data for this line of evidence for Salton Sea was collected at 4 monitoring sites [ Salton Sea USGS2 - 728SSGS02, Salton Sea USGS7 - 728SSGS07, Salton Sea USGS9 - 728SSGS09, Salton Sea Drain NW2 (Torrez Martinez 2) - 728SSDNW2]
Temporal Representation: Data was collected over the time period 10/26/2005-4/22/2008.
Environmental Conditions: Staff is not aware of any special conditions that might affect interpretation of the data.
QAPP Information: The SWAMP QAPP (2008) was followed.
QAPP Information Reference(s): Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program Quality Assurance Program Plan
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 77957, Cyfluthrin
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 125430
 
Pollutant: Cyfluthrin
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Sediment
Matrix: Sediment
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 3
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and the results are as follows: 0 of the 3 samples exceeded the evaluation guideline for Cyfluthrin, total .
Data Reference: Water Quality Assessment Data for the 2018 solicitation cycle submitted through CEDEN for SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: There shall be no bioaccumulation of pesticide concentrations found in bottom sediments or aquatic life. (Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin Region)
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin Region (Includes amendments effective on or before January 8, 2019)
 
Evaluation Guideline: The evaluation guideline for cyfluthrin is the median lethal concentration (LC50) of 1.1 ug/g and is normalized by the percentage of organic carbon in the sediment sample. The LC50 1.1 ug/g is the geometric mean of LC50 values for cyfluthrin from Amweg et al. (2005).
Guideline Reference: Use and Toxicity of Pyrethroid Pesticides in the Central Valley, California, USA. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 24:966-972, with erratum 24:No. 5
 
Spatial Representation: Data were collected from 3 (Station Codes: 728SSGS02, 728SSGS07, 728SSGS09).
Temporal Representation: Data for this waterbody were collected over the date range 2011-05-11 to 2011-05-11
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program  
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 77957, Cyfluthrin
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 127920
 
Pollutant: Cyfluthrin
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 0
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support, and the results are as follows: 0 of the 0 samples exceeded the evaluation guideline for Cyfluthrin, total. Although a total of 1 samples were collected, 1 of these samples were not included in the assessment because the laboratory data reporting limit(s) was above the objective and therefore the results could not be quantified with the level of certainty required by the Listing Policy Section 6.1.5.5.
Data Reference: Water Quality Assessment Data for the 2018 solicitation cycle submitted through CEDEN for SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: No individual pesticide or combination of pesticides shall be present in concentrations that adversely affect beneficial uses.
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin Region (Includes amendments effective on or before January 8, 2019)
 
Evaluation Guideline: UC Davis Aquatic Life Criteria: Aquatic life should not be affected unacceptably if the 4-day average concentration of Cyfluthrin does not exceed 0.00005 ug/L.
Guideline Reference: Aquatic life water quality criteria derived via the UC Davis method: ll. Pyrethroid insecticides. Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 216:51-103.
 
Spatial Representation: Data was collected from 3 station(s) (Station Code(s) 728SSGS02, 728SSGS07, 728SSGS09).
Temporal Representation: Date for this waterbody was collected over the date range 2011-05-11 to 2011-05-11
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program  
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 77957, Cyfluthrin
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 46322
 
Pollutant: Cyfluthrin
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 3
Number of Exceedances: 3
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and results are as follows: 3 of 3 samples exceed the criterion for Cyfluthrin, total. Seventeen sample results were not used in the assessment because the laboratory data reporting limit(s) was above the objective (0.00005 ug/L) and therefore the results could not be quantified with the level of certainty required by the Listing Policy.
Data Reference: RWB7 Trend Monitoring CY2005 CY2006 CY2007 CY2008
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: All waters shall be maintained free of toxic substances in concentrations that are toxic to, or that produce detrimental physiological responses in human, plant, animal, or aquatic life (Water Quality Control Plan, Colorado River Basin).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: UC Davis Aquatic Life Criteria: Aquatic life should not be affected unacceptably if the 4-day average concentration of cyfluthrin does not exceed 0.00005 ug/L and if the 1-h average concentration does not exceed 0.0003 ug/L. Mixtures of cyfluthrin and other pyrethroids should be considered in an additive manner. (Fojut et al. 2012)
Guideline Reference: Aquatic life water quality criteria derived via the UC Davis method: ll. Pyrethroid insecticides. Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 216:51-103.
 
Spatial Representation: Data for this line of evidence for Salton Sea was collected at 4 monitoring sites [ Salton Sea USGS2 - 728SSGS02, Salton Sea USGS7 - 728SSGS07, Salton Sea USGS9 - 728SSGS09, Salton Sea Drain NW2 (Torrez Martinez 2) - 728SSDNW2]
Temporal Representation: Data was collected over the time period 10/26/2005-10/29/2008. Three exceedances were found in water samples collected on 10/24/2007.
Environmental Conditions: Staff is not aware of any special conditions that might affect interpretation of the data.
QAPP Information: The SWAMP QAPP (2008) was followed.
QAPP Information Reference(s): Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program Quality Assurance Program Plan
 
 
DECISION ID
79537
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
Pollutant: Cyhalothrin, Lambda
Final Listing Decision: Do Not List on 303(d) list (TMDL required list)
Last Listing Cycle's Final Listing Decision: Do Not List on 303(d) list (TMDL required list)(2016)
Revision Status Revised
Impairment from Pollutant or Pollution: Pollutant
 
Regional Board Conclusion: This pollutant is being considered for placement on the section 303(d) list under section 3.1 (for water) and 3.6 (for sediment) of the Listing Policy.

Under this section 3.1 a single line of evidence is necessary to assess listing status.

Under this section 3.6 a two lines of evidence is necessary to assess listing status.

Four lines of evidence are available in the administrative record to assess this pollutant.

None of samples exceed the water quality objective.

Zero of twenty sediment samples exceeded the median lethal concentration (LC50).

Twenty-one water samples were collected, but results were not used in the assessment because the laboratory data reporting limit(s) was above the and therefore the results could not be quantified with the level of certainty required by the Listing Policy.

Based on the readily available data and information, the weight of evidence indicates that there is sufficient justification against placing this water segment-pollutant combination on the section 303(d) list in the Water Quality Limited Segments category.

This conclusion is based on the staff findings that:
1. The data used satisfies the data quality requirements of section 6.1.4 of the Policy.
2. The data used satisfies the data quantity requirements of section 6.1.5 of the Policy.
3. None of samples exceed the water quality objective.

Zero of twenty sediment samples exceeded the median lethal concentration (LC50).

Twenty-one water samples were collected, but results were not used in the assessment because the laboratory data reporting limit(s) was above the and therefore the results could not be quantified with the level of certainty required by the Listing Policy.

This does not exceed the allowable frequency listed in Table 3.1 of the Listing Policy.

5. Pursuant to section 3.11 of the Listing Policy, no additional data and information are available indicating that standards are not met.
 
Regional Board Decision Recommendation: After review of the available data and information, RWQCB staff concludes that the water body-pollutant combination should not be placed on the section 303(d) list because applicable water quality standards are not being exceeded.
 
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 79537, Cyhalothrin, Lambda
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 35444
 
Pollutant: Cyhalothrin, Lambda
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Sediment
Matrix: Sediment
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 17
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and results are as follows: 0 of 17 samples exceed the criterion for Cyhalothrin, lambda, total.
Data Reference: RWB7 Trend Monitoring CY2005 CY2006 CY2007 CY2008
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: All waters shall be maintained free of toxic substances in concentrations which are toxic to, or which produce detrimental physiological responses in, human, plant, animal, or aquatic life (Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: The evaluation guideline for lambda-cyhalothrin is the median lethal concentration (LC50) of 0.44 ug/g and is normalized by the percentage of organic carbon in the sediment sample. The LC50 0.44 ug/g is the geometric mean of LC50 values for lambda-cyhalothrin from Amweg et al. (2005).
Guideline Reference: Use and Toxicity of Pyrethroid Pesticides in the Central Valley, California, USA. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 24:966-972, with erratum 24:No. 5
 
Spatial Representation: Data for this line of evidence for Salton Sea was collected at 4 monitoring sites [ Salton Sea USGS2 - 728SSGS02, Salton Sea USGS7 - 728SSGS07, Salton Sea USGS9 - 728SSGS09, Salton Sea Drain NW2 (Torrez Martinez 2) - 728SSDNW2]
Temporal Representation: Data was collected over the time period 10/26/2005-4/22/2008.
Environmental Conditions: Staff is not aware of any special conditions that might affect interpretation of the data.
QAPP Information: The SWAMP QAPP (2008) was followed.
QAPP Information Reference(s): Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program Quality Assurance Program Plan
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 79537, Cyhalothrin, Lambda
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 129051
 
Pollutant: Cyhalothrin, Lambda
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 0
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support, and the results are as follows: 0 of the 0 samples exceeded the evaluation guideline for Cyhalothrin, Total lambda-. Although a total of 1 samples were collected, 1 of these samples were not included in the assessment because the laboratory data reporting limit(s) was above the objective and therefore the results could not be quantified with the level of certainty required by the Listing Policy Section 6.1.5.5.
Data Reference: Water Quality Assessment Data for the 2018 solicitation cycle submitted through CEDEN for SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: No individual chemical or combination of chemicals shall be present in concentrations that adversely affect beneficial uses.
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin Region (Includes amendments effective on or before January 8, 2019)
 
Evaluation Guideline: UC Davis Aquatic Life Criteria: Aquatic life should not be affected unacceptably if the 4-day average concentration of lambda-cyhalothrin does not exceed 0.0005 ug/L. Mixtures of lambda-cyhalothrin and other pyrethroids should be considered in an additive manner. (Fojut et al. 2012)
Guideline Reference: Aquatic life water quality criteria derived via the UC Davis method: ll. Pyrethroid insecticides. Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 216:51-103.
 
Spatial Representation: Data was collected from 3 station(s) (Station Code(s) 728SSGS02, 728SSGS07, 728SSGS09).
Temporal Representation: Date for this waterbody was collected over the date range 2011-05-11 to 2011-05-11
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program  
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 79537, Cyhalothrin, Lambda
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 46344
 
Pollutant: Cyhalothrin, Lambda
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 0
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and results are as follows: 0 of 0 samples exceed the criterion for Cyhalothrin, lambda, total. Twenty sample results were not used in the assessment because the laboratory data reporting limit(s) was above the objective (0.0005 ug/L) and therefore the results could not be quantified with the level of certainty required by the Listing Policy.
Data Reference: RWB7 Trend Monitoring CY2005 CY2006 CY2007 CY2008
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: All waters shall be maintained free of toxic substances in concentrations that are toxic to, or that produce detrimental physiological responses in human, plant, animal, or aquatic life (Water Quality Control Plan, Colorado River Basin).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: UC Davis Aquatic Life Criteria: Aquatic life should not be affected unacceptably if the 4-day average concentration of lambda-cyhalothrin does not exceed 0.0005 ug/L and if the 1-h average concentration does not exceed 0.001 ug/L. Mixtures of lambda-cyhalothrin and other pyrethroids should be considered in an additive manner. (Fojut et al. 2012)
Guideline Reference: Aquatic life water quality criteria derived via the UC Davis method: ll. Pyrethroid insecticides. Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 216:51-103.
 
Spatial Representation: Data for this line of evidence for Salton Sea was collected at 4 monitoring sites [ Salton Sea USGS2 - 728SSGS02, Salton Sea USGS7 - 728SSGS07, Salton Sea USGS9 - 728SSGS09, Salton Sea Drain NW2 (Torrez Martinez 2) - 728SSDNW2]
Temporal Representation: Data was collected over the time period 10/26/2005-10/29/2008.
Environmental Conditions: Staff is not aware of any special conditions that might affect interpretation of the data.
QAPP Information: The SWAMP QAPP (2008) was followed.
QAPP Information Reference(s): Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program Quality Assurance Program Plan
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 79537, Cyhalothrin, Lambda
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 125607
 
Pollutant: Cyhalothrin, Lambda
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Sediment
Matrix: Sediment
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 3
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and the results are as follows: 0 of the 3 samples exceeded the evaluation guideline for Cyhalothrin, Total lambda- .
Data Reference: Water Quality Assessment Data for the 2018 solicitation cycle submitted through CEDEN for SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: There shall be no bioaccumulation of pesticide concentrations found in bottom sediments or aquatic life. (Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin Region)
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin Region (Includes amendments effective on or before January 8, 2019)
 
Evaluation Guideline: The evaluation guideline for lambda-cyhalothrin is the median lethal concentration (LC50) of 0.44 ug/g and is normalized by the percentage of organic carbon in the sediment sample. The LC50 0.44 ug/g is the geometric mean of LC50 values for lambda-cyhalothrin from Amweg et al. (2005).
Guideline Reference: Use and Toxicity of Pyrethroid Pesticides in the Central Valley, California, USA. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 24:966-972, with erratum 24:No. 5
 
Spatial Representation: Data were collected from 3 (Station Codes: 728SSGS02, 728SSGS07, 728SSGS09).
Temporal Representation: Data for this waterbody were collected over the date range 2011-05-11 to 2011-05-11
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program  
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program
 
 
DECISION ID
79538
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
Pollutant: Cypermethrin
Final Listing Decision: Do Not List on 303(d) list (TMDL required list)
Last Listing Cycle's Final Listing Decision: Do Not List on 303(d) list (TMDL required list)(2016)
Revision Status Revised
Impairment from Pollutant or Pollution: Pollutant
 
Regional Board Conclusion: This pollutant is being considered for placement on the section 303(d) list under section 3.1 (for water) and 3.6 (for sediment) of the Listing Policy.

Under this section 3.1 a single line of evidence is necessary to assess listing status.

Under this section 3.6 two lines of evidence are necessary to assess listing status.

Five lines of evidence are available in the administrative record to assess this pollutant.

None of samples exceed the water quality objective.

Based on the readily available data and information, the weight of evidence indicates that there is sufficient justification against placing this water segment-pollutant combination on the section 303(d) list in the Water Quality Limited Segments category.

This conclusion is based on the staff findings that:
1. The data used satisfies the data quality requirements of section 6.1.4 of the Policy.
2. The data used satisfies the data quantity requirements of section 6.1.5 of the Policy.
3. Twenty-one water samples were collected, but results were not used in the assessment because the laboratory data reporting limit(s) was above the and therefore the results could not be quantified with the level of certainty required by the Listing Policy.

Zero of twenty sediment samples exceeded the median lethal concentration (LC50)

This does not exceed the allowable frequency listed in Table 3.1 of the Listing Policy.

5. Pursuant to section 3.11 of the Listing Policy, no additional data and information are available indicating that standards are not met.
 
Regional Board Decision Recommendation: After review of the available data and information, RWQCB staff concludes that the water body-pollutant combination should not be placed on the section 303(d) list because applicable water quality standards are not being exceeded.
 
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 79538, Cypermethrin
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 35460
 
Pollutant: Cypermethrin
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Sediment
Matrix: Sediment
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 17
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and results are as follows: 0 of 17 samples exceed the criterion for Cypermethrin, total.
Data Reference: RWB7 Trend Monitoring CY2005 CY2006 CY2007 CY2008
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: All waters shall be maintained free of toxic substances in concentrations which are toxic to, or which produce detrimental physiological responses in, human, plant, animal, or aquatic life (Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: The evaluation guideline for cypermethrin is the median lethal concentration (LC50) of 0.3 ug/g and is normalized by the percentage of organic carbon in the sediment sample. The LC50 0.3 ug/g is the geometric mean of LC50 values for cypermethrin from Maund et al. (2002).
Guideline Reference: Partitioning, bioavailability, and toxicity of the pyrethroid insecticide cypermethrin in sediments. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 21:9-15
 
Spatial Representation: Data for this line of evidence for Salton Sea was collected at 4 monitoring sites [ Salton Sea USGS2 - 728SSGS02, Salton Sea USGS7 - 728SSGS07, Salton Sea USGS9 - 728SSGS09, Salton Sea Drain NW2 (Torrez Martinez 2) - 728SSDNW2]
Temporal Representation: Data was collected over the time period 10/26/2005-4/22/2008.
Environmental Conditions: Staff is not aware of any special conditions that might affect interpretation of the data.
QAPP Information: The SWAMP QAPP (2008) was followed.
QAPP Information Reference(s): Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program Quality Assurance Program Plan
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 79538, Cypermethrin
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 125571
 
Pollutant: Cypermethrin
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Sediment
Matrix: Sediment
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 3
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and the results are as follows: 0 of the 3 samples exceeded the evaluation guideline for Cypermethrin, Total .
Data Reference: Water Quality Assessment Data for the 2018 solicitation cycle submitted through CEDEN for SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: There shall be no bioaccumulation of pesticide concentrations found in bottom sediments or aquatic life. (Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin Region)
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin Region (Includes amendments effective on or before January 8, 2019)
 
Evaluation Guideline: The evaluation guideline for cypermethrin is the median lethal concentration (LC50) of 0.3 ug/g and is normalized by the percentage of organic carbon in the sediment sample. The LC50 0.3 ug/g is the geometric mean of LC50 values for cypermethrin from Maund et al. (2002).
Guideline Reference: Partitioning, bioavailability, and toxicity of the pyrethroid insecticide cypermethrin in sediments. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 21:9-15
 
Spatial Representation: Data were collected from 3 (Station Codes: 728SSGS02, 728SSGS07, 728SSGS09).
Temporal Representation: Data for this waterbody were collected over the date range 2011-05-11 to 2011-05-11
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program  
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 79538, Cypermethrin
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 127053
 
Pollutant: Cypermethrin
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 0
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support, and the results are as follows: 0 of the 0 samples exceeded the evaluation guideline for Cypermethrin, Total. Although a total of 1 samples were collected, 1 of these samples were not included in the assessment because the laboratory data reporting limit(s) was above the objective and therefore the results could not be quantified with the level of certainty required by the Listing Policy Section 6.1.5.5.
Data Reference: Water Quality Assessment Data for the 2018 solicitation cycle submitted through CEDEN for SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: All waters shall be maintained free of toxic substances in concentrations which are toxic to, or which produce detrimental physiological responses in, human, plant, animal, or aquatic life. (Basin Plan).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin Region (Includes amendments effective on or before January 8, 2019)
 
Evaluation Guideline: UC Davis Aquatic Life Criteria: Aquatic life should not be affected unacceptably if the 4-day average concentration of cypermethrin does not exceed 0.0002 ug/L and if the 1-h average concentration does not exceed 0.001 ug/L. Mixtures of cypermethrin and other pyrethroids should be considered in an additive manner. (Fojut et al. 2012) 
Guideline Reference: Aquatic life water quality criteria derived via the UC Davis method: ll. Pyrethroid insecticides. Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 216:51-103.
 
Spatial Representation: Data was collected from 3 station(s) (Station Code(s) 728SSGS02, 728SSGS07, 728SSGS09).
Temporal Representation: Date for this waterbody was collected over the date range 2011-05-11 to 2011-05-11
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program  
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 79538, Cypermethrin
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 128888
 
Pollutant: Cypermethrin
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 0
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support, and the results are as follows: 0 of the 0 samples exceeded the evaluation guideline for Cypermethrin, Total. Although a total of 1 samples were collected, 1 of these samples were not included in the assessment because the laboratory data reporting limit(s) was above the objective and therefore the results could not be quantified with the level of certainty required by the Listing Policy Section 6.1.5.5.
Data Reference: Water Quality Assessment Data for the 2018 solicitation cycle submitted through CEDEN for SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: All waters shall be maintained free of toxic substances in concentrations which are toxic to, or which produce detrimental physiological responses in, human, plant, animal, or aquatic life (Water Quality Control Plan, Colorado River Basin).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin Region (Includes amendments effective on or before January 8, 2019)
 
Evaluation Guideline: UC Davis Aquatic Life Criteria: Aquatic life should not be affected unacceptably if the 4-day average concentration of cypermethrin does not exceed 0.0002 ug/L and if the 1-h average concentration does not exceed 0.001 ug/L. Mixtures of cypermethrin and other pyrethroids should be considered in an additive manner. (Fojut et al. 2012) 
Guideline Reference: Aquatic life water quality criteria derived via the UC Davis method: ll. Pyrethroid insecticides. Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 216:51-103.
 
Spatial Representation: Data was collected from 3 station(s) (Station Code(s) 728SSGS02, 728SSGS07, 728SSGS09).
Temporal Representation: Date for this waterbody was collected over the date range 2011-05-11 to 2011-05-11
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program  
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 79538, Cypermethrin
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 46367
 
Pollutant: Cypermethrin
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 0
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and results are as follows: 0 of 0 samples exceed the criterion for Cypermethrin, total. Twenty sample results were not used in the assessment because the laboratory data reporting limit(s) was above the objective (0.0002 ug/L) and therefore the results could not be quantified with the level of certainty required by the Listing Policy.
Data Reference: RWB7 Trend Monitoring CY2005 CY2006 CY2007 CY2008
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: All waters shall be maintained free of toxic substances in concentrations which are toxic to, or which produce detrimental physiological responses in human, plant, animal, or aquatic life (Water Quality Control Plan, Colorado River Basin).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: UC Davis Aquatic Life Criteria: Aquatic life should not be affected unacceptably if the 4-day average concentration of cypermethrin does not exceed 0.0002 ug/L and if the 1-h average concentration does not exceed 0.001 ug/L. Mixtures of cypermethrin and other pyrethroids should be considered in an additive manner. (Fojut et al. 2012)
Guideline Reference: Aquatic life water quality criteria derived via the UC Davis method: ll. Pyrethroid insecticides. Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 216:51-103.
 
Spatial Representation: Data for this line of evidence for Salton Sea was collected at 4 monitoring sites [ Salton Sea USGS2 - 728SSGS02, Salton Sea USGS7 - 728SSGS07, Salton Sea USGS9 - 728SSGS09, Salton Sea Drain NW2 (Torrez Martinez 2) - 728SSDNW2]
Temporal Representation: Data was collected over the time period 10/26/2005-10/29/2008.
Environmental Conditions: Staff is not aware of any special conditions that might affect interpretation of the data.
QAPP Information: The SWAMP QAPP (2008) was followed.
QAPP Information Reference(s): Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program Quality Assurance Program Plan
 
 
DECISION ID
102529
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
Pollutant: DDD (Dichlorodiphenyldichloroethane)
Final Listing Decision: Do Not List on 303(d) list (TMDL required list)
Last Listing Cycle's Final Listing Decision: New Decision
Revision Status Revised
Impairment from Pollutant or Pollution: Pollutant
 
Regional Board Conclusion: This pollutant is being considered for placement on the CWA section 303(d) List under section 3.1 (water) and 3.6 (sediment) of the Listing Policy.

Under section 3.1 a single line of evidence is necessary to assess listing status.
Under section 3.6 two lines of evidence are necessary to assess listing status.

Four lines of evidence are available in the administrative record to assess this pollutant.

Zero of 17 sediment samples exceed the Probable Effect Concentration for Sum DDD (o,p' + p,p') in freshwater sediments for the "Warm Freshwater Habitat" beneficial use(s) assessed.

Zero of three total fraction water samples exceed the DDD (p,p') criteria for the protection of human health from consumption of organisms (California Toxics Rule, 2000), for the "Commercial or recreational collection of fish, shellfish, or organisms" beneficial use(s) assessed.

Zero of 28 dissolved fraction water samples exceed the criteria as no evaluation guideline for the dissolved fractions of o,p'-DDD for the protection of human, animal or aquatic life in fresh waters could be found that met the requirements of Section 6.1.3 of the Listing Policy.

Based on the readily available data and information, the weight of evidence indicates that there is sufficient justification against placing this water segment-pollutant combination on the CWA section 303(d) List in the Water Quality Limited Segments category.

This conclusion is based on the staff findings that:
1. The data used satisfies the data quality requirements of section 6.1.4 of the Policy.
2. The data used satisfies the data quantity requirements of section 6.1.5 of the Policy.
3. Zero of 17 sediment samples exceed the Probable Effect Concentration for Sum DDD (o,p' + p,p') in freshwater sediments for the "Warm Freshwater Habitat" beneficial use(s) assessed.

Zero of three total fraction water samples exceed the DDD (p,p') criteria for the protection of human health from consumption of organisms (California Toxics Rule, 2000), for the "Commercial or recreational collection of fish, shellfish, or organisms" beneficial use(s) assessed.

Zero of 28 dissolved fraction water samples exceed the criteria as no evaluation guideline for the dissolved fractions of o,p'-DDD for the protection of human, animal or aquatic life in fresh waters could be found that met the requirements of Section 6.1.3 of the Listing Policy.

This does not exceed the allowable frequency listed in Table 3.1 of the Listing Policy.

4. Pursuant to section 3.11 of the Listing Policy, no additional data and information are available indicating that standards are not met.
 
Regional Board Decision Recommendation: After review of the available data and information, RWQCB staff concludes that the water body-pollutant combination should not be placed on the section 303(d) list because applicable water quality standards are not being exceeded.
 
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 102529, DDD (Dichlorodiphenyldichloroethane)
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 125581
 
Pollutant: DDD (Dichlorodiphenyldichloroethane)
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Sediment
Matrix: Sediment
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 3
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and the results are as follows: 0 of the 3 samples exceeded the evaluation guideline for DDD (Dichlorodiphenyldichloroethane) .
Data Reference: Water Quality Assessment Data for the 2018 solicitation cycle submitted through CEDEN for SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: There shall be no bioaccumulation of pesticide concentrations found in bottom sediments or aquatic life. (Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin Region)
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin Region (Includes amendments effective on or before January 8, 2019)
 
Evaluation Guideline: The evaluation guideline for Sum DDD from MacDonald et al., 2000a which states that the probable effect concentration for Sum DDD is 28 ug/kg. (dw = Dry Weight)
Guideline Reference: Development and evaluation of consensus-based sediment quality guidelines for freshwater ecosystems. Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 39: 20-31
 
Spatial Representation: Data were collected from 3 (Station Codes: 728SSGS07, 728SSGS02, 728SSGS09).
Temporal Representation: Data for this waterbody were collected over the date range 2011-05-11 to 2011-05-11
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program  
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 102529, DDD (Dichlorodiphenyldichloroethane)
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 32915
 
Pollutant: DDD (Dichlorodiphenyldichloroethane)
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Sediment
Matrix: Sediment
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 14
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Zero of 14 samples collected for Sum DDD exceeded the evaluation guideline.
Data Reference: RWB7 Trend Monitoring CY2005 CY2006 CY2007 CY2008
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: No individual chemical or combination of chemicals shall be present in concentrations that adversely affect beneficial uses. There shall be no increase in hazardous chemical concentrations found in bottom sediments or aquatic life (Colorado River Basin Plan).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: The Probable Effect Concentration for Sum DDD (o,p' + p,p') in freshwater sediments is 28.0 ug/kg.
Guideline Reference: Development and evaluation of consensus-based sediment quality guidelines for freshwater ecosystems. Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 39: 20-31
 
Spatial Representation: Data were collected at the following stations: Salton Sea Drain NW2 (Torrez Martinez 2) - 728SSDNW2, Salton Sea USGS2 - 728SSGS02, Salton Sea USGS7 - 728SSGS07, Salton Sea USGS9 - 728SSGS09, .
Temporal Representation: The samples were collected on 10/26/2005 - 4/22/2008.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: The SWAMP QAPP (2008) was followed.
QAPP Information Reference(s): Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program Quality Assurance Program Plan
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 102529, DDD (Dichlorodiphenyldichloroethane)
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 127788
 
Pollutant: DDD (Dichlorodiphenyldichloroethane)
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Commercial or recreational collection of fish, shellfish, or organisms
 
Number of Samples: 3
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and results are as follows: 0 of 3 samples exceeded the water quality standard for DDD (Dichlorodiphenyldichloroethane).
Data Reference: Water Quality Assessment Data for the 2018 solicitation cycle submitted through CEDEN for SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: The DDD(4,4') criteria for the protection of human health from consumption of organisms only is 0.00084 ug/L (California Toxics Rule, 2000).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Standards 2000. Establishment of numeric criteria for priority toxic pollutants for the State of California: Rules and regulations. Federal Register Vol. 65, No. 97. Washington, D.C.: Environmental Protection Agency
 
Evaluation Guideline:
Guideline Reference:
 
Spatial Representation: The samples were collected at 3 monitoring site(s) (728SSGS02, 728SSGS07, 728SSGS09)
Temporal Representation: The samples were collected between the dates of 2011-05-11 and 2011-05-11
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program  
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 102529, DDD (Dichlorodiphenyldichloroethane)
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 29904
 
Pollutant: o,p'-DDD (Dichlorodiphenyldichloroethane)) | o,p'-DDE (Dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene) | o,p'-DDT (Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane) | p,p'-DDMU
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Dissolved
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 28
Number of Exceedances:
 
Data and Information Type: Fixed station physical/chemical (conventional plus toxic pollutants)
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Twenty-eight water quality samples were collected and analyzed biannually from 5/2002 through 5/2004 at eight locations in the Salton Sea (SWAMP, 2006).
Data Reference: Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) Data for organic and inorganic constituents in water and sediment samples collected from water bodies located in the Colorado River Basin- Region 7. May 2002 - May 2004.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: Basin Plan: No individual chemical or combination of chemicals shall be present in concentrations that adversely affect beneficial uses (CRBRWQCB, 2006).

No evaluation guidelines for the dissolved fractions of o,p'-DDD, o,p'-DDE, o,p'-DDT, or p,p'-DDMU for the protection of human, animal or aquatic life in fresh waters could be found that met the requirements of Section 6.1.3 of the Listing Policy.
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline:
Guideline Reference:
 
Spatial Representation: Samples were collected from the following Salton Sea location: Salton Sea Drain NW1, Salton Sea Drain NW2, Salton Sea GS2, Salton Sea GS3, Salton Sea GS5, Salton Sea GS7, Salton Sea GS9, and Salton Sea GS10.
Temporal Representation: Twenty-eight water samples were collected. Water samples were generally collected and analyzed biannually, in May and October, from 5/2002 through 5/2004 from the Salton Sea NW2, GS2, GS7, and GS9 locations. The locations Salton Sea NW1, GS3, GS5, and GS10 were sampled in May and October of 2002.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: The sampling and analysis portions of this study were conducted in accordance with the SWAMP Quality Assurance Management Plan (QAMP) (Puckett, 2002).
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Management Plan for the State of California's Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program. Sacramento, CA. State Water Resources Control Board. SWAMP. December 2002 (1st version)
 
 
DECISION ID
103217
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
Pollutant: Dacthal
Final Listing Decision: Do Not List on 303(d) list (TMDL required list)
Last Listing Cycle's Final Listing Decision: New Decision
Revision Status Revised
Impairment from Pollutant or Pollution: Pollutant
 
Regional Board Conclusion: This pollutant is being considered for placement on the section 303(d) list under section 3.1 and 3.6 of the Listing Policy.

Under section 3.1 a single line of evidence is necessary to assess listing status.

Under section 3.6 at least two lines of evidence are necessary to assess listing status for pollutants sediment, and pollutant concentrations in sediment must be associated with sediment toxicity to justify adding that pollutant to the CWA section 303(d) List.

Six lines of evidence are available in the administrative record to assess this pollutant.

None of the samples exceed the water quality objective.

Based on the readily available data and information, the weight of evidence indicates that there is sufficient justification against placing this water segment-pollutant combination on the section 303(d) list in the Water Quality Limited Segments category.

This conclusion is based on the staff findings that:
1. The data used satisfies the data quality requirements of section 6.1.4 of the Policy.
2. None of the samples exceed the water quality objective.

This does not exceed the allowable frequency listed in Table 3.1 of the Listing Policy.

4. Pursuant to section 3.11 of the Listing Policy, no additional data and information are available indicating that standards are not met.
 
Regional Board Decision Recommendation: After review of the available data and information, RWQCB staff concludes that the water body-pollutant combination should not be placed on the section 303(d) list because applicable water quality standards are not being exceeded.
 
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 103217, Dacthal
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 29905
 
Pollutant: Bolstar | Chlordane | Ciodrin | Dacthal | Demeton s | Dichlorvos | Dimethoate | Disulfoton | Endrin Ketone | Ethoprop | Famphur | Mirex | Naled | Oxadiazon
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Dissolved
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 28
Number of Exceedances:
 
Data and Information Type: Fixed station physical/chemical (conventional plus toxic pollutants)
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Twenty-eight water quality samples were collected and analyzed biannually from 5/2002 through 5/2004 at eight locations in the Salton Sea (SWAMP, 2006).
Data Reference: Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) Data for organic and inorganic constituents in water and sediment samples collected from water bodies located in the Colorado River Basin- Region 7. May 2002 - May 2004.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: Basin Plan: No individual chemical or combination of chemicals shall be present in concentrations that adversely affect beneficial uses (CRBRWQCB, 2006).

No evaluation guidelines for the dissolved fractions of Chlordane, Bolstar, Ciodrin, Dacthal, Demeton s, Dichlorvos, Dimethoate, Disulfoton, Endrin Ketone, Ethoprop, Famphur, Mirex, Naled, or Oxadiazon for the protection of human, animal or aquatic life in fresh waters could be found that met the requirements of Section 6.1.3 of the Listing Policy.
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline:
Guideline Reference:
 
Spatial Representation: Samples were collected from the following Salton Sea location: Salton Sea Drain NW1, Salton Sea Drain NW2, Salton Sea GS2, Salton Sea GS3, Salton Sea GS5, Salton Sea GS7, Salton Sea GS9, and Salton Sea GS10.
Temporal Representation: Twenty-eight water samples were collected. Water samples were generally collected and analyzed biannually, in May and October, from 5/2002 through 5/2004 from the Salton Sea NW2, GS2, GS7, and GS9 locations. The locations Salton Sea NW1, GS3, GS5, and GS10 were sampled in May and October of 2002.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: The sampling and analysis portions of this study were conducted in accordance with the SWAMP Quality Assurance Management Plan (QAMP) (Puckett, 2002).
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Management Plan for the State of California's Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program. Sacramento, CA. State Water Resources Control Board. SWAMP. December 2002 (1st version)
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 103217, Dacthal
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 127384
 
Pollutant: Dacthal
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 3
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and results are as follows: 0 of 3 samples exceeded the water quality standard for Dacthal.
Data Reference: Water Quality Assessment Data for the 2018 solicitation cycle submitted through CEDEN for SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: No individual chemical or combination of chemicals shall be present in concentrations that adversely affect beneficial uses.
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin Region (Includes amendments effective on or before January 8, 2019)
 
Evaluation Guideline: The evaluation guideline for Dacthal is the USEPA Aquatic Life Benchmark of > 11000 ug/L for a nonvascular plant (acute) and vascular plant (acute). The benchmark was derived from a 'greater-than' value (for example, > 265,000) and may overestimate toxicity.
Guideline Reference: OPP Aquatic Life Benchmarks
 
Spatial Representation: The samples were collected at 3 monitoring site(s) (728SSGS02, 728SSGS07, 728SSGS09)
Temporal Representation: The samples were collected between the dates of 2011-05-11 and 2011-05-11
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program  
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 103217, Dacthal
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 35191
 
Pollutant: Dacthal
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 20
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and results are as follows: 0 of 20 samples exceed the criterion for Dacthal.
Data Reference: RWB7 Trend Monitoring CY2005 CY2006 CY2007 CY2008
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: All waters shall be maintained free of toxic substances in concentrations which are toxic to, or which produce detrimental phyusiological responses in human, plant, animal, or indigenous aquatic life. (Colorado River Basin)
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: According to the USEPA Office of Pesticide Programs Ecotoxicity database, the aquatic life LC50 for Dacthal 6600 ug/L.
Guideline Reference: OPP Pesticide Ecotoxicity Database.
 
Spatial Representation: Data for this line of evidence for Salton Sea was collected at 4 monitoring sites [ Salton Sea USGS2 - 728SSGS02, Salton Sea USGS7 - 728SSGS07, Salton Sea USGS9 - 728SSGS09, Salton Sea Drain NW2 (Torrez Martinez 2) - 728SSDNW2]
Temporal Representation: Data was collected over the time period 10/26/2005-10/29/2008.
Environmental Conditions: Staff is not aware of any special conditions that might affect interpretation of the data.
QAPP Information: The SWAMP QAPP (2008) was followed.
QAPP Information Reference(s): Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program Quality Assurance Program Plan
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 103217, Dacthal
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 30083
 
Pollutant: Dacthal | Mirex | Oxadiazon
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Sediment
Matrix: Sediment
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 28
Number of Exceedances:
 
Data and Information Type: Fixed station physical/chemical (conventional plus toxic pollutants)
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Twenty-eight sediment quality samples were collected and analyzed biannually from 5/2002 through 5/2004 at eight locations in the Salton Sea (SWAMP, 2006).
Data Reference: Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) Data for organic and inorganic constituents in water and sediment samples collected from water bodies located in the Colorado River Basin- Region 7. May 2002 - May 2004.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: Basin Plan: No individual chemical or combination of chemicals shall be present in concentrations that adversely affect beneficial uses. There shall be no increase in hazardous chemical concentrations found in bottom sediments or aquatic life (CRBRWQCB, 2006).

No evaluation guidelines for the sediment fractions of Dacthal, Mirex, or Oxadiazon for the protection of human, animal or aquatic life in fresh waters could be found that met the requirements of Section 6.1.3 of the Listing Policy.
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline:
Guideline Reference:
 
Spatial Representation: Samples were collected from the following Salton Sea location: Salton Sea Drain NW1, Salton Sea Drain NW2, Salton Sea GS2, Salton Sea GS3, Salton Sea GS5, Salton Sea GS7, Salton Sea GS9, Salton Sea GS10.
Temporal Representation: Twenty-eight sediment samples were collected. Sediment samples were generally collected and analyzed biannually, in May and October, from 5/2002 through 5/2004 from the Salton Sea NW2, GS2, GS7, and GS9 sampling locations. The Salton Sea NW1, GS3, GS5, and GS10 sampling locations were sampled in May and October of 2002 only.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: The sampling and analysis portions of this study were conducted in accordance with the SWAMP Quality Assurance Management Plan (QAMP) (Puckett, 2002).
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Management Plan for the State of California's Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program. Sacramento, CA. State Water Resources Control Board. SWAMP. December 2002 (1st version)
 
 
DECISION ID
78005
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
Pollutant: Deltamethrin
Final Listing Decision: Do Not List on 303(d) list (TMDL required list)
Last Listing Cycle's Final Listing Decision: Do Not List on 303(d) list (TMDL required list)(2016)
Revision Status Revised
Impairment from Pollutant or Pollution: Pollutant
 
Regional Board Conclusion: This pollutant is being considered for placement on the section 303(d) list under section 3.1 (water) and 3.6 (sediment) of the Listing Policy.

Under section 3.1 a single line of evidence is necessary to assess listing status.
Under section 3.6 two lines of evidence are necessary to assess listing status

Four lines of evidence are available in the administrative record to assess this pollutant.

None of samples exceed the water quality objective.

Based on the readily available data and information, the weight of evidence indicates that there is sufficient justification against placing this water segment-pollutant combination on the section 303(d) list in the Water Quality Limited Segments category.

This conclusion is based on the staff findings that:
1. The data used satisfies the data quality requirements of section 6.1.4 of the Policy.
2. The data used satisfies the data quantity requirements of section 6.1.5 of the Policy.
3. Zero of 20 water samples exceeded the USEPA Office of Pesticide Programs Ecotoxicity database, maximum acceptable toxicant concentration (MATC) for Deltamethrin.

Zero of three water samples exceeded the USEPA Aquatic Life Benchmark of for an invertebrate (chronic) for Deltamethrin.

Zero of 20 sediment samples exceeded the median lethal concentration (LC50).

This does not exceed the allowable frequency listed in Table 3.1 of the Listing Policy.

4. Pursuant to section 3.11 of the Listing Policy, no additional data and information are available indicating that standards are not met.
 
Regional Board Decision Recommendation: After review of the available data and information, RWQCB staff concludes that the water body-pollutant combination should not be placed on the section 303(d) list because applicable water quality standards are not being exceeded.
 
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 78005, Deltamethrin
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 127503
 
Pollutant: Deltamethrin
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 3
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and results are as follows: 0 of 3 samples exceeded the water quality standard for Deltamethrin/Tralomethrin.
Data Reference: Water Quality Assessment Data for the 2018 solicitation cycle submitted through CEDEN for SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: No individual chemical or combination of chemicals shall be present in concentrations that adversely affect beneficial uses.
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin Region (Includes amendments effective on or before January 8, 2019)
 
Evaluation Guideline: The evaluation guideline for Deltamethrin/Tralomethrin is the USEPA Aquatic Life Benchmark of 0.0041 ug/L for an invertebrate (chronic).
Guideline Reference: OPP Aquatic Life Benchmarks
 
Spatial Representation: The samples were collected at 3 monitoring site(s) (728SSGS02, 728SSGS07, 728SSGS09)
Temporal Representation: The samples were collected between the dates of 2011-05-11 and 2011-05-11
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program  
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 78005, Deltamethrin
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 46338
 
Pollutant: Deltamethrin
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 20
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and results are as follows: 0 of 20 samples exceed the criterion for Deltamethrin.
Data Reference: RWB7 Trend Monitoring CY2005 CY2006 CY2007 CY2008
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: All waters shall be maintained free of toxic substances in concentrations which are toxic to, or which produce detrimental physiological responses in human, plant, animal, or indigenous aquatic life (Water Quality Control Plan, Colorado River Basin).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: The evaluation guideline for deltamethrin is the maximum acceptable toxicant concentration (MATC) of 0.02 ug/L, which is the geometric mean of the LOEC and NOEC, as determined in a 280 day toxicity study with the fathead minnow, Pimephales promelas. (USEPA OPP Ecotoxicity database)
Guideline Reference: OPP Pesticide Ecotoxicity Database.
 
Spatial Representation: Data for this line of evidence for Salton Sea was collected at 4 monitoring sites [ Salton Sea USGS2 - 728SSGS02, Salton Sea USGS7 - 728SSGS07, Salton Sea USGS9 - 728SSGS09, Salton Sea Drain NW2 (Torrez Martinez 2) - 728SSDNW2]
Temporal Representation: Data was collected over the time period 10/26/2005-10/29/2008.
Environmental Conditions: Staff is not aware of any special conditions that might affect interpretation of the data.
QAPP Information: The SWAMP QAPP (2008) was followed.
QAPP Information Reference(s): Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program Quality Assurance Program Plan
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 78005, Deltamethrin
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 125439
 
Pollutant: Deltamethrin
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Sediment
Matrix: Sediment
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 3
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and the results are as follows: 0 of the 3 samples exceeded the evaluation guideline for Deltamethrin .
Data Reference: Water Quality Assessment Data for the 2018 solicitation cycle submitted through CEDEN for SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: There shall be no bioaccumulation of pesticide concentrations found in bottom sediments or aquatic life. (Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin Region)
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin Region (Includes amendments effective on or before January 8, 2019)
 
Evaluation Guideline: The evaluation guideline for deltamethrin is the median lethal concentration (LC50) of 0.79 ug/g and is normalized by the percentage of organic carbon in the sediment sample. The LC50 0.79 ug/g is the geometric mean of LC50 values for deltamethrin from Amweg et al. (2005).
Guideline Reference: Use and Toxicity of Pyrethroid Pesticides in the Central Valley, California, USA. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 24:966-972, with erratum 24:No. 5
 
Spatial Representation: Data were collected from 3 (Station Codes: 728SSGS07, 728SSGS09, 728SSGS02).
Temporal Representation: Data for this waterbody were collected over the date range 2011-05-11 to 2011-05-11
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program  
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 78005, Deltamethrin
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 35476
 
Pollutant: Deltamethrin
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Sediment
Matrix: Sediment
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 17
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and results are as follows: 0 of 17 samples exceed the criterion for Deltamethrin.
Data Reference: RWB7 Trend Monitoring CY2005 CY2006 CY2007 CY2008
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: All waters shall be maintained free of toxic substances in concentrations which are toxic to, or which produce detrimental physiological responses in, human, plant, animal, or aquatic life (Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: The evaluation guideline for deltamethrin is the median lethal concentration (LC50) of 0.79 ug/g and is normalized by the percentage of organic carbon in the sediment sample. The LC50 0.79 ug/g is the geometric mean of LC50 values for deltamethrin from Amweg et al. (2005).
Guideline Reference: Use and Toxicity of Pyrethroid Pesticides in the Central Valley, California, USA. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 24:966-972, with erratum 24:No. 5
 
Spatial Representation: Data for this line of evidence for Salton Sea was collected at 4 monitoring sites [ Salton Sea USGS2 - 728SSGS02, Salton Sea USGS7 - 728SSGS07, Salton Sea USGS9 - 728SSGS09, Salton Sea Drain NW2 (Torrez Martinez 2) - 728SSDNW2]
Temporal Representation: Data was collected over the time period 10/26/2005-4/22/2008.
Environmental Conditions: Staff is not aware of any special conditions that might affect interpretation of the data.
QAPP Information: The SWAMP QAPP (2008) was followed.
QAPP Information Reference(s): Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program Quality Assurance Program Plan
 
 
DECISION ID
103234
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
Pollutant: Demeton
Final Listing Decision: Do Not List on 303(d) list (TMDL required list)
Last Listing Cycle's Final Listing Decision: New Decision
Revision Status Revised
Impairment from Pollutant or Pollution: Pollutant
 
Regional Board Conclusion: This pollutant is being considered for placement on the section 303(d) list under sections 3.1 of the Listing Policy. Under section 3.1 a single line of evidence is necessary to assess listing status.

Two lines of evidence are available in the administrative record to assess this pollutant.

Zero of the water samples exceeds the water quality objectives.

Based on the readily available data and information, the weight of evidence indicates that there is sufficient justification against placing this water segment-pollutant combination on the section 303(d) list in the Water Quality Limited Segments category.

This conclusion is based on the staff findings that:
1. The data used satisfies the data quality requirements of section 6.1.4 of the Policy.
2. The data used satisfies the data quantity requirements of section 6.1.5 of the Policy.
3. Zero of the water samples exceeds the water quality objectives.

This does not exceed the allowable frequency listed in Table 3.1 of the Listing Policy.
4. Pursuant to section 3.11 of the Listing Policy, no additional data and information are available indicating that standards are not met.
 
Regional Board Decision Recommendation: After review of the available data and information, RWQCB staff concludes that the water body-pollutant combination should not be placed on the section 303(d) list because applicable water quality standards are not being exceeded.
 
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 103234, Demeton
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 29905
 
Pollutant: Bolstar | Chlordane | Ciodrin | Dacthal | Demeton s | Dichlorvos | Dimethoate | Disulfoton | Endrin Ketone | Ethoprop | Famphur | Mirex | Naled | Oxadiazon
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Dissolved
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 28
Number of Exceedances:
 
Data and Information Type: Fixed station physical/chemical (conventional plus toxic pollutants)
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Twenty-eight water quality samples were collected and analyzed biannually from 5/2002 through 5/2004 at eight locations in the Salton Sea (SWAMP, 2006).
Data Reference: Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) Data for organic and inorganic constituents in water and sediment samples collected from water bodies located in the Colorado River Basin- Region 7. May 2002 - May 2004.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: Basin Plan: No individual chemical or combination of chemicals shall be present in concentrations that adversely affect beneficial uses (CRBRWQCB, 2006).

No evaluation guidelines for the dissolved fractions of Chlordane, Bolstar, Ciodrin, Dacthal, Demeton s, Dichlorvos, Dimethoate, Disulfoton, Endrin Ketone, Ethoprop, Famphur, Mirex, Naled, or Oxadiazon for the protection of human, animal or aquatic life in fresh waters could be found that met the requirements of Section 6.1.3 of the Listing Policy.
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline:
Guideline Reference:
 
Spatial Representation: Samples were collected from the following Salton Sea location: Salton Sea Drain NW1, Salton Sea Drain NW2, Salton Sea GS2, Salton Sea GS3, Salton Sea GS5, Salton Sea GS7, Salton Sea GS9, and Salton Sea GS10.
Temporal Representation: Twenty-eight water samples were collected. Water samples were generally collected and analyzed biannually, in May and October, from 5/2002 through 5/2004 from the Salton Sea NW2, GS2, GS7, and GS9 locations. The locations Salton Sea NW1, GS3, GS5, and GS10 were sampled in May and October of 2002.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: The sampling and analysis portions of this study were conducted in accordance with the SWAMP Quality Assurance Management Plan (QAMP) (Puckett, 2002).
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Management Plan for the State of California's Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program. Sacramento, CA. State Water Resources Control Board. SWAMP. December 2002 (1st version)
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 103234, Demeton
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 127621
 
Pollutant: Demeton
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 3
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and results are as follows: 0 of 3 samples exceeded the water quality standard for Demeton, Total.
Data Reference: Water Quality Assessment Data for the 2018 solicitation cycle submitted through CEDEN for SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: No individual chemical or combination of chemicals shall be present in concentrations that adversely affect beneficial uses.
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin Region (Includes amendments effective on or before January 8, 2019)
 
Evaluation Guideline: National Recommended Water Quality Criteria Continuous Concentrations (4-day average concentrations) for freshwater aquatic organisms exposure to Demeton is 0.1 ug/L.
Guideline Reference: IRIS Reference Summary (Various Pollutants)
 
Spatial Representation: The samples were collected at 3 monitoring site(s) (728SSGS07, 728SSGS02, 728SSGS09)
Temporal Representation: The samples were collected between the dates of 2011-05-11 and 2011-05-11
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program  
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program
 
 
DECISION ID
71599
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
Pollutant: Diazinon
Final Listing Decision: Do Not List on 303(d) list (TMDL required list)
Last Listing Cycle's Final Listing Decision: Do Not List on 303(d) list (TMDL required list)(2016)
Revision Status Revised
Impairment from Pollutant or Pollution: Pollutant
 
Regional Board Conclusion: This pollutant is being considered for placement on the section 303(d) list under section 3.1, 3.5 and 3.6 of the Listing Policy.

Under section 3.1 and 3.5 a single line of evidence is necessary to assess listing status.

Under section 3.6 at least two lines of evidence are necessary to assess listing status for pollutants sediment, and pollutant concentrations in sediment must be associated with sediment toxicity to justify adding that pollutant to the CWA section 303(d) List.

Seven lines of evidence are available in the administrative record to assess this pollutant.

None of the samples exceed the water quality objectives.

Based on the readily available data and information, the weight of evidence indicates that there is sufficient justification against placing this water segment-pollutant combination on the section 303(d) list in the Water Quality Limited Segments category.

This conclusion is based on the staff findings that:
1. The data used satisfies the data quality requirements of section 6.1.4 of the Policy.
2. The data used satisfies the data quantity requirements of section 6.1.5 of the Policy.
3. None of the samples exceed the water quality objectives.

These do not exceed the allowable frequency listed in Table 3.1 of the Listing Policy.

4. Pursuant to section 3.11 of the Listing Policy, no additional data and information are available indicating that standards are not met.
 
Regional Board Decision Recommendation: After review of the available data and information, RWQCB staff concludes that the water body-pollutant combination should not be placed on the section 303(d) list because applicable water quality standards are not being exceeded.
 
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 71599, Diazinon
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 125503
 
Pollutant: Diazinon
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Sediment
Matrix: Sediment
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 3
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and the results are as follows: 0 of the 3 samples exceeded the evaluation guideline for Diazinon .
Data Reference: Water Quality Assessment Data for the 2018 solicitation cycle submitted through CEDEN for SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: There shall be no bioaccumulation of pesticide concentrations found in bottom sediments or aquatic life. (Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin Region)
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin Region (Includes amendments effective on or before January 8, 2019)
 
Evaluation Guideline: The evaluation guideline for diazinon is the median lethal concentration (LC50) of 11 ug/g and is normalized by the percentage of organic carbon in the sediment sample. The LC50 11 ug/g is the geometric mean of LC50 values for diazinon from Ding et al. (2011).
Guideline Reference: Toxicity of Sediment-Associated Pesticides to Chironomus dilutus and Hyalella azteca. Arch. Environ. Contam. Toxicol. 61:83¿92.
 
Spatial Representation: Data were collected from 3 (Station Codes: 728SSGS02, 728SSGS07, 728SSGS09).
Temporal Representation: Data for this waterbody were collected over the date range 2011-05-11 to 2011-05-11
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program  
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 71599, Diazinon
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 4807
 
Pollutant: Diazinon
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Dissolved
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 22
Number of Exceedances:
 
Data and Information Type: Other Agencies/Organizations provided monitoring data
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Twenty-two water samples were collected every few weeks from 8/28/1996 through 4/15/1997 at three locations in the Salton Sea (CDPR, 2007).
Data Reference: Data for pesticides in water samples collected from waterbodies located in the Colorado River Basin-Region 7. Mar. 1993-Jun. 2005.
 
SWAMP Data: Non-SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: Basin Plan: No individual chemical or combination of chemicals shall be present in concentrations that adversely affect beneficial uses (CRBRRWQCB,2006).

No evaluation guidelines for the dissolved fraction of Diazinon for the protection of human, animal or aquatic life in salt waters could be found that met the requirements of Section 6.1.3 of the Listing Policy.
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline:
Guideline Reference:
 
Spatial Representation: Samples were collected from three sites in Salton Sea near the mouth of the Alamo River. The sites were approximately 0.14, 0.14, and 0.25 mi. offshore.
Temporal Representation: Twenty two water samples were collected. The samples were collected every few weeks from 8/28/1996 through 4/15/1997 at three sites in the Salton Sea near the Alamo River mouth.
Environmental Conditions: The samples were collected every few weeks from August through November 1996 and from February through April 1997 to coincide with the pesticide application periods in the Imperial Valley (autumn and late winter/early spring) (Crepeau et al, 2002).
QAPP Information: Investigators used USGS QA/QC in sample collection and analysis. Lab analysis was done by the USGS California District Organic Chemistry Laboratory in Sacramento, California (Crepeau, 2002).
QAPP Information Reference(s): ¿Dissolved Pesticides in the Alamo River and the Salton Sea, California, 1996-97.¿ United States Geological Survey. Sacramento, CA. Open file report No. 02-232. http://water.usgs.gov/pubs/of/ofr02232/
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 71599, Diazinon
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 4954
 
Pollutant: Diazinon
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Dissolved
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 36
Number of Exceedances:
 
Data and Information Type: Fixed station physical/chemical (conventional plus toxic pollutants)
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Thirty-six water quality samples were generally collected and analyzed biannually from 5/2002 through 5/2005 at 8 locations in the Salton Sea (SWAMP, 2007).
Data Reference: Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) Data for organic and inorganic constituents in water and sediment samples collected from water bodies located in the Colorado River Basin-Region 7. May 2002-May 2005.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: Basin Plan: No individual chemical or combination of chemicals shall be present in concentrations that adversely affect beneficial uses (CRBRWQCB, 2006).

No evaluation guideline for the dissolved fraction of Diazinon for the protection of human, animal or aquatic life in salt waters could be found that met the requirements of Section 6.1.3 of the Listing Policy.
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline:
Guideline Reference:
 
Spatial Representation: Samples were collected from the following Salton Sea location: Salton Sea Drain NW1, Salton Sea Drain NW2, Salton Sea GS2, Salton Sea GS3, Salton Sea GS5, Salton Sea GS7, Salton Sea GS9, Salton Sea GS10.
Temporal Representation: Thirty-six water samples were collected. Water samples were generally collected and analyzed biannually, in May and October, from 5/2002 through 5/2005 from the Salton Sea NW2, GS2, GS7, and GS9 locations. The rest of the locations were sampled in May and October 2002. Samples were not collected from each location every sampling round.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: The sampling and analysis portions of this study were conducted in accordance with the SWAMP Quality Assurance Management Plan (QAMP) (Puckett, 2002).
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Management Plan for the State of California's Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program. Sacramento, CA. State Water Resources Control Board. SWAMP. December 2002 (1st version)
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 71599, Diazinon
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 35504
 
Pollutant: Diazinon
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Sediment
Matrix: Sediment
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 14
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and results are as follows: 0 of 14 samples exceed the criterion for Diazinon.
Data Reference: RWB7 Trend Monitoring CY2005 CY2006 CY2007 CY2008
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: All waters shall be maintained free of toxic substances in concentrations which are toxic to, or which produce detrimental physiological responses in, human, plant, animal, or aquatic life (Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: The evaluation guideline for diazinon is the median lethal concentration (LC50) of 11 ug/g and is normalized by the percentage of organic carbon in the sediment sample. The LC50 11 ug/g is the geometric mean of LC50 values for diazinon from Ding et al. (2011).
Guideline Reference: Toxicity of Sediment-Associated Pesticides to Chironomus dilutus and Hyalella azteca. Arch. Environ. Contam. Toxicol. 61:83¿92.
 
Spatial Representation: Data for this line of evidence for Salton Sea was collected at 4 monitoring sites [ Salton Sea USGS2 - 728SSGS02, Salton Sea USGS7 - 728SSGS07, Salton Sea USGS9 - 728SSGS09, Salton Sea Drain NW2 (Torrez Martinez 2) - 728SSDNW2]
Temporal Representation: Data was collected over the time period 10/26/2005-4/22/2008.
Environmental Conditions: Staff is not aware of any special conditions that might affect interpretation of the data.
QAPP Information: The SWAMP QAPP (2008) was followed.
QAPP Information Reference(s): Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program Quality Assurance Program Plan
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 71599, Diazinon
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 5497
 
Pollutant: Diazinon
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Tissue
Matrix: Tissue
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Commercial or recreational collection of fish, shellfish, or organisms
 
Number of Samples: 31
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: Fish tissue analysis
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Thirty-one fish fillet samples were taken at 3 locations in the sea. The fish samples were generally collected from 5/1980 through 11/2000. Of these total samples, none exceeded the OEHHA Screening Value. (TSMP, 2007).
Data Reference: Toxic Substances Monitoring Program (TSMP) Data for organic and inorganic chemicals in fish and sediment samples collected from water bodies located in the Colorado River Basin-Region 7. 1978-2000. State Water Resources Control Board. Sacramento, CA.
 
SWAMP Data: Non-SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: Basin Plan: No individual chemical or combination of chemicals shall be present in concentrations that adversely affect beneficial uses. There shall be no increase in hazardous chemical concentrations found in bottom sediments or aquatic life (CRBRWQCB, 2006).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) Screening Value of 300 ug/kg to protect human health when consuming fish (OEHHA, 1999).
Guideline Reference: Prevalence of Selected Target Chemical Contaminants in Sport Fish From Two California Lakes: Public health designed screening study. Sacramento, CA: Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment
 
Spatial Representation: Samples were collected from the following Salton Sea locations: from the North end, the South end, and the West Side.
Temporal Representation: Fish tissue samples were generally collected from 5/1980 through 11/2000. Fish tissue samples were not collected from each location every sampling round. Thirty-one fish fillet samples of tilapia, bairdiella, orangemouth corvina, redbelly tilapia, Mozambique tilapia, and sargo were collected. Nine tilapia fillet composites samples were collected in the years 1984-85, (2)1996, 1997, (2)1998, and (2)2000. Five bairdiella fillet composite samples were collected in 1980, 1985, (2)1989, and 2000. Ten orangemouth corvina fillet composite samples were collected in the years (2)1981, 1984-87, (2)1991, 1997, and 1999. Two orangemouth corvina single fish fillet samples were collected in the year (2)1991. Two redbelly tilapia fillet composite samples were collected in the year (2)1995. One Mozambique tilapia fillet composite sample was collected in the year 1980. Two sargo fillet composite samples were collected in the years 1985, and 1991.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: The field procedures are described in TSMP Data Reports and associated Appendices. CDFG's Laboratory applies a Quality Assurance Program Plan procedures for laboratory Quality Assurance and Quality Control, as described in Rasmussen (1993).
QAPP Information Reference(s): Toxic Substances Monitoring Program 1991 Data Report. 93-1WQ. State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), Division of Water Quality. Sacramento, CA.
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 71599, Diazinon
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 127148
 
Pollutant: Diazinon
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 3
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and results are as follows: 0 of 3 samples exceeded the water quality standard for Diazinon.
Data Reference: Water Quality Assessment Data for the 2018 solicitation cycle submitted through CEDEN for SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: No individual pesticide or combination of pesticides shall be present in concentrations that adversely affect beneficial uses.
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin Region (Includes amendments effective on or before January 8, 2019)
 
Evaluation Guideline: The freshwater chronic value for diazinon is 0.1 ug/L, expressed as a continuous concentration (Finlayson, 2004).
Guideline Reference: Water quality for diazinon. Memorandum to J. Karkoski, Central Valley RWQCB. Rancho Cordova, CA: Pesticide Investigation Unit, CA Department of Fish and Game
 
Spatial Representation: The samples were collected at 3 monitoring site(s) (728SSGS02, 728SSGS07, 728SSGS09)
Temporal Representation: The samples were collected between the dates of 2011-05-11 and 2011-05-11
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program  
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 71599, Diazinon
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 35215
 
Pollutant: Diazinon
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Warm Freshwater Habitat
 
Number of Samples: 20
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and results are as follows: 0 of 20 samples exceed the criterion for Diazinon.
Data Reference: RWB7 Trend Monitoring CY2005 CY2006 CY2007 CY2008
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: All waters shall be maintained free of toxic substances in concentrations which are toxic to, or which produce detrimental physiological responses in, human, plant, animal, or aquatic life (Water Quality Control Plan, Colorado River Basin).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Control Plan Colorado River Basin, with amendments adopted through June 2006
 
Evaluation Guideline: The freshwater chronic value for diazinon is 0.1 ug/L, expressed as a continuous concentration (Finlayson, 2004).
Guideline Reference: Water quality for diazinon. Memorandum to J. Karkoski, Central Valley RWQCB. Rancho Cordova, CA: Pesticide Investigation Unit, CA Department of Fish and Game
 
Spatial Representation: Data for this line of evidence for Salton Sea was collected at 4 monitoring sites [ Salton Sea USGS2, Salton Sea USGS7, Salton Sea USGS9, Salton Sea Drain NW2 (Torrez Martinez 2)]
Temporal Representation: Data was collected over the time period 10/26/2005-10/29/2008.
Environmental Conditions: Staff is not aware of any special conditions that might affect interpretation of the data.
QAPP Information: The SWAMP QAPP (2008) was followed.
QAPP Information Reference(s): Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program Quality Assurance Program Plan
 
 
DECISION ID
72549
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
Pollutant: Dibenz[a,h]anthracene
Final Listing Decision: Do Not List on 303(d) list (TMDL required list)
Last Listing Cycle's Final Listing Decision: Do Not List on 303(d) list (TMDL required list)(2016)
Revision Status Revised
Impairment from Pollutant or Pollution: Pollutant
 
Regional Board Conclusion: This pollutant is being considered for placement on the section 303(d) list under section 3.1 of the Listing Policy. Under section 3.1 a single line of evidence is necessary to assess listing status.

Two lines of evidence are available in the administrative record to assess this pollutant. None of the samples exceed the water quality objective.

Based on the readily available data and information, the weight of evidence indicates that there is sufficient justification against placing this water segment-pollutant combination on the section 303(d) list in the Water Quality Limited Segments category.

This conclusion is based on the staff findings that:
1. The data used satisfies the data quality requirements of section 6.1.4 of the Policy.
2. The data used satisfies the data quantity requirements of section 6.1.5 of the Policy.
3. None of the samples exceed the water quality objectives.

This does not exceed the allowable frequency listed in Table 3.1 of the Listing Policy.
4. Pursuant to section 3.11 of the Listing Policy, no additional data and information are available indicating that standards are not met.
 
Regional Board Decision Recommendation: After review of the available data and information, RWQCB staff concludes that the water body-pollutant combination should not be placed on the section 303(d) list because applicable water quality standards are not being exceeded.
 
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 72549, Dibenz[a,h]anthracene
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 5092
 
Pollutant: Benzo(a)anthracene | Benzo(a)pyrene (3,4-Benzopyrene -7-d) | Benzo[b]fluoranthene | Benzo[k]fluoranthene | Chrysene (C1-C4) | Dibenz[a,h]anthracene | Indeno[1,2,3-cd]pyrene
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Dissolved
 
Beneficial Use: Commercial or recreational collection of fish, shellfish, or organisms
 
Number of Samples: 28
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: Fixed station physical/chemical (conventional plus toxic pollutants)
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Twenty-eight water quality samples were collected and analyzed biannually from 5/2002 through 5/2005 at eight locations in the Salton Sea. Of these total samples, none exceeded the CTR Criteria (SWAMP, 2007).
Data Reference: Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) Data for organic and inorganic constituents in water and sediment samples collected from water bodies located in the Colorado River Basin-Region 7. May 2002-May 2005.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: California Toxics Rule (CTR) Criteria for the protection of human health when consuming organisms from aquatic systems were used for the following constituents: 0.049 ug/l Benzo[a]Anthracene, 0.049 ug/l Benzo[a]Pyrene, 0.049 ug/l Benzo[b]Fluoranthene, 0.049 ug/l Benzo[k]Fluoranthene, 0.049 ug/l Chrysene, 0.049 ug/l Dibenzo(a,h)Anthracene, and 0.049 ug/l Indeno(1,2,3-cd) Pyrene (USEPA, 2000).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Standards 2000. Establishment of numeric criteria for priority toxic pollutants for the State of California: Rules and regulations. Federal Register Vol. 65, No. 97. Washington, D.C.: Environmental Protection Agency
 
Evaluation Guideline:
Guideline Reference:
 
Spatial Representation: Samples were collected from the following Salton Sea location: Salton Sea Drain NW1, Salton Sea Drain NW2, Salton Sea GS2, Salton Sea GS3, Salton Sea GS5, Salton Sea GS7, Salton Sea GS9, and Salton Sea GS10.
Temporal Representation: Twenty-eight water samples were collected. Water samples were generally collected and analyzed biannually, in May and October, from 5/2002 through 5/2005 from the Salton Sea NW2, GS2, GS7, and GS9 locations. The rest of the locations were sampled in May and October 2002. Samples were not collected from each location every sampling round.
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: The sampling and analysis portions of this study were conducted in accordance with the SWAMP Quality Assurance Management Plan (QAMP) (Puckett, 2002).
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Management Plan for the State of California's Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program. Sacramento, CA. State Water Resources Control Board. SWAMP. December 2002 (1st version)
 
Line of Evidence (LOE) for Decision ID 72549, Dibenz[a,h]anthracene
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
LOE ID: 127874
 
Pollutant: Dibenz[a,h]anthracene
LOE Subgroup: Pollutant-Water
Matrix: Water
Fraction: Total
 
Beneficial Use: Commercial or recreational collection of fish, shellfish, or organisms
 
Number of Samples: 3
Number of Exceedances: 0
 
Data and Information Type: PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL MONITORING
Data Used to Assess Water Quality: Water Board staff assessed SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring data for Salton Sea to determine beneficial use support and results are as follows: 0 of 3 samples exceeded the water quality standard for Dibenz(a,h)anthracene.
Data Reference: Water Quality Assessment Data for the 2018 solicitation cycle submitted through CEDEN for SWAMP RWB7 Monitoring.
 
SWAMP Data: SWAMP
 
Water Quality Objective/Criterion: The Dibenzo(a, h)anthracene criteria for the protection of human health from consumption of organisms only is 0.049 ug/L (California Toxics Rule, 2000).
Objective/Criterion Reference: Water Quality Standards 2000. Establishment of numeric criteria for priority toxic pollutants for the State of California: Rules and regulations. Federal Register Vol. 65, No. 97. Washington, D.C.: Environmental Protection Agency
 
Evaluation Guideline:
Guideline Reference:
 
Spatial Representation: The samples were collected at 3 monitoring site(s) (728SSGS02, 728SSGS07, 728SSGS09)
Temporal Representation: The samples were collected between the dates of 2011-05-11 and 2011-05-11
Environmental Conditions:
QAPP Information: Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program  
QAPP Information Reference(s): Quality Assurance Program Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for SWAMP program
 
 
DECISION ID
103235
Region 7     
Salton Sea
 
Pollutant: