Meeting Announcement

8:30 A.M., Thursday, April 18, 2019
Regional Water Quality Control Board
David C. Joseph Room
5550 Skylane Blvd., Suite A
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

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The North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board will now be streaming the Board meetings live for viewing only. Below are the links to the live broadcast and the archived videos of past Board meetings starting with this Board meeting. - live link – viewing only. - archived links to prior meetings.

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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

Comments on individual agenda items are welcome. All persons desiring to address the Board are requested to fill out a pink speaker card.

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. 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.

iv. State Board Liaison's, Board Chair's, Board Members’, 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.

v. 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 (3) minutes.

vi. Resolution of Appreciation for Steven Moore, past State Water Board Liaison to the North Coast Regional Board (Matt St. John).

1. Approval of Meeting Minutes: February 20 & 21, 2019

Uncontested Items

Uncontested items may be removed at the request of any Board member or person. If an item is removed from the uncontested calendar for discussion, it will only be voted on at this meeting if no significant changes are made to the agenda item. Otherwise, the item will be continued to a subsequent board meeting to allow input from interested persons.

2. Public Hearing on Order No. R1-2019-0002 to consider adoption of proposed Waste Discharge Requirements for the Miranda Community Services District Wastewater Treatment Facility, WDID No. 1B80002OHUM (Rachel Prat)

3. Public Hearing on Order No. R1-2019-0010 to consider adoption of proposed Waste Discharge Requirements for the Calpella County Water District Wastewater Treatment Facility, WDID No. 1B771620MEN (Ben Zabinsky)

4. Public Hearing on Order No. R1-2019-0007 to consider adoption of proposed Waste Discharge Requirements and Water Reclamation Requirements for the Airport-Larkfield-Wikiup Sanitation Zone Wastewater Treatment and Reclamation Facility, WDID No. 1B84124OSON, (Cathleen Goodwin)

5. Public Hearing on Order No. R1-2019-0005 to consider adoption of proposed Waste Discharge Requirements for the California Redwood Company and the Trinity River Timber Company DBA North Fork Lumber Company Korbel Sawmill, WDID No. 1B80020OHUM, NPDES No. CA0005932 (Justin McSmith)

Action Items

6. Public Hearing on Order No. R1-2019-0008 to consider adoption of a Short-Term Renewal of Order No. R1-2014-0011, Categorical Waiver of Waste Discharge Requirements for Discharges Related to Timber Harvest Activities on Non-Federal Lands in the North Coast Region (Devon Jorgenson)

7. Resolution No. R1-2019-0024 Adopting the Human Right to Water as a Core Value and Directing its Implementation in North Coast Regional Water Board Activities and Authorizing the Executive Officer to Enter into a Memorandum of Mutual Understandings with the North Coast Resource Partnership (Charles Reed)

Information Items

8. Technical Assistance Opportunities for Wastewater Infrastructure Projects Serving Small and Disadvantaged Communities through the California Rural Water Association (Charles Reed, Dustin Hardwick, Marshall Locke)

Action Items

9. Public Hearing on Order No. R1-2019-0001 to consider adoption of proposed General Waste Discharge Requirements for Dairies in the North Coast Region (Cherie Blatt)

Information Items

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

11. Board Member Requests for Future Agenda Items (Matt St. John)

12.Other Items of Interest (Matt St. John)

Closed Session

13. 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. (e)(2)(B)(i)):
    1. Russian Riverkeeper v. North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, Petition for Writ of Mandate and Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief, Sonoma County Superior Court, Case No. SCV 261186. (August 25, 2017).
    2. 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.
    3. In the Matter of Scott River Waiver and Shasta River Waiver, Petition challenging Scott River TMDL Conditional Waiver of Waste Discharge Requirements, Order No. R1-2018-0018 and Shasta River TMDL Conditional Waiver of Waste Discharge Requirements, Order No. R1-2018-0019; SWRCB/OCC File A-2602 (May 29, 2018).
    4. In the Matter of the Environmental Protection Information Center’s Petition for Review of North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board’s Enrollment of the Seiad-Horse Project, Petition for Review, Motion for Stay of Enforcement; (November 30, 2018.)
    5. 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.)
    6. In the Matter of Failure to Act by the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board on Directives from the State Water Resources Control Board to Ensure Consistency with the Waste Discharge Requirements for Timber Operations in the Upper Elk Watershed with the Upper Elk River Sediment TMDL and TMDL Action Plan, (February 1, 2019).

14. Arrangements for Next Meeting and Adjournment
1:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 19, 2019 and
9:00 a.m., Thursday, June 20, 2019
Eureka City Hall
City Council Chambers
531 K Street
Eureka, CA 95501

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 3 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
David Noren Board Chair                                           Sebastopol

Valerie Minton-Quinto

Board Vice Chair                                  Santa Rosa

Hector Bedolla

Board Member                                      Healdsburg

John Corbett

Board Member                                      McKinleyville

Kelli Gant

Board Member                                      Trinity Center

Gregory Giusti

Board Member                                      Ukiah

State Board


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

Janet Mahoney

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

Dean Prat

Supervisor, Northern Nonpoint Source and Forestry Unit

Stephen Bargsten Supervisor, 401 Certification & Nonpoint Source Protection Unit

Gil Falcone

Restoration Specialist

Point Source Control & Groundwater Protection Division


Division Chief

Heaven Moore

Supervisor, NPDES Unit

Craig Hunt

Supervisor, Cleanup Unit

Charles Reed Supervisor, Land Disposal & Groundwater Permitting Unit
Jeremiah Puget 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

Stormer Feiler

Enforcement Specialist

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