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April 13, 2000 Meeting Minutes

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Victorville, CA 92392
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April 13, 2000

Regular Meeting

Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board
City Council Chambers
1900 Lake Tahoe Blvd
South Lake Tahoe

Mr. Sandel, Chairman, called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. on April 13, 2000.



Jack Clarke, Apple Valley


Beatrice Cooley, Ph.D., Bishop

Richard A. Dodge, Ph.D., Ridgecrest

Eugene B. Nebeker, Ph.D.

William A. Newsom, Judge ret., Squaw Valley

Eric Sandel, P.E., Truckee


Steven H. Blum, State Water Resources Control Board


Harold J. Singer, Executive Officer

Dale Payne, Env. Spec. II

Robert S. Dodds, Asst Executive Officer

Kara Russell, WRCE

Hisam Baqai, Supervising WRCE

Robert Tucker, San. Eng. Assoc.

Chuck Curtis, Chief, USTs/DoD

Pamela Walker, Exec. Asst.

Lauri Kemper, Chief, Lake Tahoe Watershed Mary Fiore, Env. Spec. II
Scott Ferguson, Chief, Northern Watersheds Bud Amorfini, Env. Spec. III
Alan Miller, Chief, Carson/Walker Watershed Anne Sutherland, Eng. Geologist

Art Baggett, Member, State Water Resources Control Board
Dave Roberts, League to Save Lake Tahoe
Jane Freeman, U.S. EPA

Robert Costa, Placer County

Nathan Rouse, Jameson Beach Homeowners
Nancy Erman, retired aquatic ecologist

Brad Vidro, City of South Lake Tahoe

Bruce Lee, El Dorado County Dept. of Transportation

Joel Levy, attorney

Mark Forest, WRC Nevada, Inc

Edward Wallace, Northwest Hydraulic Consultants
Stuart Smits, attorney

Mr. Baggett, Member of the State Water Resources Control Board (State Board) and liaison to the Lahontan Regional Board, gave an update regarding State Board activities.

    Nancy Erman, retired aquatic ecologist, University of California at Davis, discussed problems surrounding the Department of Fish and Game's programs of fish planting and fish poisoning.

    Mr. Singer related the results of a discussion he recently had with the Science Advisor for the Department of Fish and Game regarding fish stocking in high altitude lakes.

    Nathan Rouse, a Jameson Beach homeowner, addressed the Board regarding the flooding of Pope Marsh and expressed his hope that a long term solution could be found.

    Minutes of the Regular Meeting of March 9, 2000 in Victorville

  3. Motion: Moved by Dr. Dodge, seconded by Judge Newsom and unanimously carried. to adopt the March 9, 2000 minutes as amended.

    Item 6 was removed from the consent calendar.

    Mr. Sandel abstained from item 5 of the consent calendar and item 13 as it related to Squaw Valley Public Service District.

    Dr. Nebeker abstained from item 13 as it related to LA County Sanitation District.

  5. Motion: Moved by Judge Newsom, seconded by Mr. Clarke and unanimously carried. to adopt the Consent Calendar as amended.


  1. Renewal of Municipal Storm Water NPDES Permit for the City of South Lake Tahoe, El Dorado County, and Placer County, Storm Water/Runoff Discharge
    Dale Payne, Environmental Specialist, II, and Lauri Kemper, Chief, Lake Tahoe Watershed, gave the staff presentation.

    Robert Costa, Public Works Manager, Placer County, summarized main areas of concern and requested a continuance in order to take the matter before the Placer County Board of Supervisors.

    Bruce Lee, El Dorado County Dept. of Transportation, concurred with comments made by Mr. Costa, including the request for a continuance.

    Brad Vidro, City of South Lake Tahoe, stated that his comments are concurrent with those of Placer and El Dorado Counties.

    Jane Freeman, U.S. EPA, stated her support of the permit and pointed to areas where more stringency could be applied.

    Dave Robert, League to Save Lake Tahoe, asked the Board to adopt the permit because it protects Lake Tahoe and stated his support of U.S. EPA's comments.

    Board members reviewed the controversial aspects of the proposed permit. Based on this review they did not request any modifications to the draft.

    Motion: Moved by Dr. Dodge, seconded by Dr. Nebeker and unanimously carried. to continue this item until the matter could be brought before the respective Board of Supervisors and City Council. The item will be on the July agenda.

  2. Public Hearing - Rescission of Cease and Desist Order No. 6-92-87 for JDK Trust, Bateman Commercial Property, El Dorado County

    Motion: Moved by Dr. Nebeker, seconded by Dr. Dodge and unanimously carried. to adopt the staff recommendation as proposed.


  3. Terrence Finn Finn Bridge Project, North Fork Prosser Creek, Carpenter Valley, Nevada County Exception to A Prohibition Contained in the Water Quality Control Plan for the Lahontan Region

    Scott Ferguson, Chief, Northern Watersheds Unit, gave the staff presentation, pointing out the categories under which the exception to a prohibition contained in the Water Quality Control Plan for the Lahontan Region could be granted, and recommended the Regional Board adopt the resolution as proposed.

    Ed Wallace, Northwest Hydraulic Consultants, drew the Board's attention to an additional category under which he felt the exception qualified. Further discussion included the basis for why a 90 foot bridge was selected for the project.

    Stuart Smits, attorney for Mr. Finn, elaborated on the issues of safety, economics and the reasonableness of the bridge size as it relates to water quality.

    Joel Levy, attorney for Mrs. Elrod, discussed the categories under which an exception could be granted and then cited reasonable alternatives to this project. Based on the alternatives, he asked the Board to deny the exception.

    Mark Forest, WRC Nevada, Inc., addressed the Board, pointing out the detrimental aspects of building a 90 foot bridge.

      Motion: Moved by Judge Newsom, seconded by Mr. Clarke

    Roll call vote. Voting yes: William Newsom, Judge ret., Jack Clarke, Richard Dodge, Ph.D. Voting no: Beatrice Cooley, Ph.D., Eric Sandel, Eugene Nebeker, Ph.D. Motion died 3-3.

  1. Executive Officer's Report
    Mr. Singer discussed severall items from the narrative of the report.

    • Mojave Dairy Issue

    • Swiss Mart in South Lake Tahoe failed to begin operating a remediation system in November.

    • Highlights of WQCC meeting

  2. Reports by Chairman and Board Members
    There were no reports by the Chairman or Board members.

There being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting adjourned at 11:50 p.m.


Prepared by: ___________________________________ Adopted:5/10/2000

Pam Walker, Executive Assistant