Meeting Announcement

9:00 A.M., Thursday February 4, 2021
Video and Teleconference Meeting Only
No Physical Meeting Location
(Authorized by and in furtherance of
Executive Orders  N-29-20 and N-33-20.)

Video and Teleconference Meeting During COVID-19 Emergency:  As a result of the COVID-19 emergency and the Governor’s Executive Orders to protect public health by limiting public gatherings and requiring social distancing, this meeting will occur solely via remote presence. 

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Reunión por Video y Teleconferencia Durante la Emergencia del COVID-19: A esta reunión solo se podrá asistir remotamente. Esto se debe a la emergencia del COVID-19 y a que las Órdenes Ejecutivas del Gobernador protegen la salud pública, limitando las agrupaciones públicas y requiriendo el distanciamiento social.

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Supporting documents for agenda items are posted on our website at least 10 days prior to the scheduled meeting.  To view or download documents, go to North Coast Water Board.

Except for items designated as time certain, there are no set times for agenda items. Items may be taken out of order at the discretion of the Chair. Agenda items are subject to postponement. You may contact the designated staff contact person in advance of the meeting day for information on the status of any agenda item.

i. Pledge of Allegiance

ii. Roll Call and Introductions

iii. Election of Board Officers

iv. Board Member Reports and Ex Parte Communication Disclosure. This item is for Board discussion only. No public testimony will be allowed, and the Board will take no formal action.

v. State Board Liaison's and Executive Officer's Reports: These items are for Board discussion only.  No public testimony will be allowed, and the Board will take no formal action

vi. Public Forum: Time will be reserved for the general public to address the Board on any matter within the Board’s jurisdiction, excluding those items on the agenda. The Board Chair may limit the public forum to thirty (30) minutes initially, and continue any remaining appearances beyond the thirty (30) minutes at the end of the regularly scheduled business of the day. The Board Chair requests that each person addressing the Board limit their presentation to three (5) minutes.

1. Approval of Meeting Minutes: December 10 & 11, 2020

2. Presentation of Executive Officer’s 2020 Water Quality Stewardship Award (Matt St. John)

4. The duties and experiences of Covid-19 contact tracers (Maggie Robinson, Doreen Kiruja, and Rhonda Raymond)

Action Item

3. Public Hearing on Order No. R1-2021-0001, Conditional Waiver of Waste Discharge Requirements for Discharges of Wine, Beverage and Food Processor Waste to Land in the North Coast Region and Order No. R1-2021-0001 that will renew and replace Order No. R1-2016-0003, Conditional Waiver of Waste Discharge Requirements for Discharge of Wine, Beverage and Food Processor Waste to Land in the North Coast Region (Rachel Prat)

Information Items

6. California Water Board’s Per-and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Investigation (Charles Reed, Wendy Linck, Julie Duong, Terri Cia, and Justin McSmith)

5. Updates on the Technical Development of the Laguna de Santa Rosa Total Maximum Daily Loads and the Restoration Vision for the Laguna de Santa Rosa (Dr. Kelsey Cody, Dr. Jon Butcher and Dr. Neil Lassettre)

7. Executive Officer’s Report (Matt St. John)

8. Board Member Requests for Future Agenda Items and Other Items of Interest (Matt St. John)


Closed Session

9. The Board may meet in closed session to:

  1. Consider evidence received in an adjudicatory hearing and deliberate on a decision to be reached based on that evidence (Gov. Code, §11126, subd.(c)(3));
  2. Consider the appointment, employment, evaluation of performance, or dismissal of a public employee or to hear complaints or charges brought against a public employee (Gov. Code, § 11126, subd.(a)(1));
  3. Discuss whether to initiate litigation (Gov. Code, § 11126, subd.(e)(2)(C)(i)); and
  4. Discuss significant exposure to litigation or initiated litigation in the following matters (Gov. Code, § 11126, subd.(e)); (Gov. Code § 11126, subd.
    1. CBE LLC and TRC Companies, Inc. v. North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, Petition for Writ of Mandate, Case No. SCV 263687; Sonoma County Superior Court, (December 14, 2018.)
    2. Humboldt Redwood Company LLC v. North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board; State Water Resources Control Board, Petition for Writ of Mandate and Complaint; Humboldt County Superior Court, Case No. CV 1901082 (Nov. 18, 2019.)
    3. People of the State of California, Ex. Rel. The Regional Water Quality Control Board, North Coast Region v. Independence Corporate Offices, Inc., a California Corporation; Clay Tucker, an individual; Rincon Land Holdings LLC, an Arizona Corporation and Does 1-50 Inclusive (September 11, 2017) Trinity County Superior Court, Case No. SCV-17CV066.
    4. Green Diamond Resource Company v. North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board; State Water Resources Control Board Real Party in Interest, Petition for Writ of Mandate and Complaint; Humboldt County Superior
      Court, Case No. CV 2000678 (July 8, 2020.)
    5. People of the State of California, Ex. Rel. Department of Fish and Wildlife, State Water Resources Control Board, and Regional Water Quality Control Board, North Coast Region v. Shadowlight Ranch LLC; Joshua Sweet; Bohdan Curran, Individually and DBA Curran Equipment and Does 1 Through 30 inclusive, Humboldt County Superior Court Case No. CV 2001113 (October 30, 2020.)

11. Arrangements for Next Meeting and Adjournment
9:00 a.m., Thursday April 15 and
9:00 a.m., Friday April 16, 2021
Location: Online Zoom Meeting

Procedures and Notes

Accessibility - The facility is accessible to people with disabilities. Anyone requiring reasonable accommodation to participate in the meeting should contact Patti Corsie, Executive Assistant, at (707) 576-2307 or at least 5 working days prior to the meeting. TTY/TDD/Speech-to-Speech users may contact the California Relay Service at 1-800-735-2929 or voice line at 1-800-735-2922.

General Statement - The primary duty of the Regional Water Board is to protect the quality of the waters within the region for all beneficial uses. This duty is implemented by formulating and adopting water quality plans for specific ground or surface water basins, and by prescribing and enforcing requirements on all domestic and industrial waste discharges. Responsibilities and procedures of the Regional Water Quality Control Board come from the state's Porter-Cologne Water Quality Act and the nation's Clean Water Act.

Written Comments, Oral Comments and Presentations - The purpose of the meeting is for the Regional Water Board to obtain testimony and information from concerned and affected parties and make decisions after considering the recommendations made by the Executive Officer. The Regional Water Board and staff welcome information on pertinent problems, but comments at the meeting should be brief and directed to specifics of the case to enable the Regional Water Board to take the appropriate action

Materials for each agenda item that will be considered by the Regional Water Board are posted on the Regional Water Board’s website and may be provided to each person on the interested parties list. If you wish to be added to our interested parties list for a specific agenda item, please contact the staff person listed with the item in this agenda notice.

Written materials that are received after deadlines set by item-specific Notices and/or Hearing Procedures will not generally be admitted. Any person requesting to submit late materials must demonstrate good cause, and the Chair must find that the admission of the late materials would not prejudice the North Coast Regional Water Board or any designated party. Pursuant to title 23, California Code of Regulations, section 648.4, the Regional Water Board may refuse to admit written testimony or evidence into the administrative record if it is not submitted to the Regional Water Board in a timely manner, unless the proponent can demonstrate why he or she was unable to submit the material on time or that compliance with the deadline would create an unreasonable hardship.

Any person who appears before the Board has an obligation to represent their interest in a professional manner. We expect all statements made before this Board to be truthful, with no attempts to mislead this Board by false statements, deceptive presentation, or failure to include essential information.

In order to give everyone an opportunity to be heard, a time limit for oral comments may be imposed on any agenda item. Interested persons are encouraged to submit their comments in writing by the applicable due date and use time for oral comments to summarize those concerns. Speakers should plan to deliver their oral comments within 5 minutes. If a longer period of time is desired, speakers will be expected to notify the Regional Water Board staff prior to the meeting date, for approval by the Chair and for scheduling purposes. The speaker will be expected to have submitted a written summary of the comments to be delivered by the due date for the associated agenda item and limit oral comments to a summary of pertinent points previously presented in writing.

Speakers are responsible for providing and operating projectors and other presentation aids. Some equipment may be available at the Board meeting; however, the type of equipment available will vary depending on the meeting location. To ascertain the availability of presentation equipment please contact Patti Corsie at (707) 576-2307 or at least 5 working days prior to the meeting.

Hearing Record - Material presented to the Regional Water Board as part of testimony that is to be made part of the record must be left with the Regional Water Board. This includes photographs, slides, charts, diagrams, written testimony, etc. All Regional Water Board files pertaining to the items on this agenda are hereby made a part of the record submitted by staff to the Regional Water Board for its consideration prior to action on the related items.

Petition of Regional Water Board Action - Any person affected adversely by a decision of the Regional Water Board may petition the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board), to review the decision in accordance with Water Code section 13320 and California Code of Regulations, title 23, sections 2050 and following. The State Water Board must receive the petition by 5:00 p.m., 30 days after the date of the Regional Water Board’s action, except if the thirtieth day following the action falls on a Saturday, Sunday or state holiday, the petition must be received by the State Water Board by 5:00 p.m. on the next business day. Copies of the laws and regulations applicable to filing a petition will be provided upon request, and may also be accessed at:

Board Members
Valerie Minton-Quinto Board Chair                                           Santa Rosa

Gregory Giusti

Board Vice Chair                                  Ukiah

Kelli Gant

Board Member                                       Trinty Center

Hector Bedolla

Board Member                                       Healdsburg

Shaunna McCovey Board Member                                      Eureka



State Board

Dorene D’Adamo

State Board Liaison

Management Staff

Matthias St. John

Executive Officer

Josh Curtis Assistant Executive Officer (Planning, Non-point Divisions & Admin. Unit)
Claudia Villacorta Assistant Executive Officer (Point Source, Cannabis & Enforcement Divisions)

Clayton Creager

Watershed Stewardship Coordinator

Patti Corsie

Executive Assistant

Nathan Jacobsen

Counsel to the Board

Edith Viera

Staff Services Manager

Celene Uribe

Small Business Liaison

Planning & Stewardship Division

Alydda Mangelsdorf

Division Chief

Lisa Bernard

Supervisor, Planning Unit

Katharine Carter

Supervisor, Adaptive Watershed Management Unit

Bryan McFadin

Flow & Riparian Protection Specialist

Nonpoint Source & Surface Water Protection Division

Johnathan Warmerdam

Division Chief

James Burke

Supervisor, Southern Nonpoint Source and Forestry Unit

Forest Fortescue

Supervisor, Northern Nonpoint Source and Forestry Unit

Gil Falcone Supervisor, Southern 401 Certification & Nonpoint Source Protection Unit
Ryan Bey Supervisor, Northern 401 Certification & Nonpoint Source Protection Unit

Jake Shannon

Restoration Specialist

Point Source Control & Groundwater Protection Division

Charles Reed

Division Chief

Heaven Moore

Supervisor, NPDES Unit

Heidi Bauer Supervisor, Cleanup Unit
Jeremiah Puget Supervisor, Land Disposal & Groundwater Permitting Unit
Chris Watt Groundwater Specialist
Cannabis & Compliance Assurance Division
Kason Grady Division Chief
David Kusmar Supervisor, Cannabis Regulatory Unit 1
Mona Dougherty Supervisor, Cannabis Regulatory Unit 2
Diana Henrioulle Supervisor, Compliance Assurance Unit


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Regional Water Quality Control Board
North Coast Region
5550 Skylane Boulevard, Suite A
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
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