Meeting Announcement

8:30 A.M., Thursday, October 17, 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.

Cal-Span live link to Board Meeting - live link – viewing only.

Cal-Span Archived link to prior Board Meetings - archived links to prior meetings.

Note: For viewing video recordings on Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge, download the video and use the time stamps next to the links.

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 Waterboard website.

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

v. 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.

vi. 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.

vii. 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.

1. Approval of Meeting Minutes: August 14 & 15, 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. R1-2019-0037 to consider adoption of proposed Waste Discharge Requirements for Humboldt State University Telonicher Marine Laboratory, WDID No. 1B12187NHUM, NPDES No. CA0025151 (Cathy Goodwin)

Action Items

3. Public Hearing on Order No. R1-2019-0006 to consider adoption of proposed Waste Discharge Requirements for the City of Arcata, Municipal Wastewater Treatment Facility, WDID No. 1B82114OHUM, NPDES No. CA0022713 (Justin McSmith)

4. Enforcement Update: (1) Discussion of Regional Enforcement Priorities; (2) Presentation of North Coast Regional Water Board’s List of Potential Supplemental Environmental Projects and Resolution No. R1-2019-0046 (Diana Henrioulle)

Information Items

5. Update on the State Water Board’s Emergency Management Program (Katheryn Landau, Sarah Ries, and John Elkins, Office of Research, Planning, and Performance, State Water Resource Control Board)

6. Update on TMDL and Stewardship Efforts Within the Scott and Shasta River Watersheds. (Eli Scott)

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

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

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

Closed Session

10. 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 (e)(2)(B)(i)):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.)
    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. Petitions of Humboldt Redwood Company LLC, Kristi Wrigley, Pacific Coast Federation of Fisherman’s Associations, In the Matter of California Regional Water Quality Control Board, North Coast Region adoption of Subsequent Mitigated Negative Declaration and Waste Discharge Requirement Order No. R1-2019-0021, Waste Discharge Requirements and Other Water Quality Factors Related to Timber Operations and Associated Activities Conducted by Humboldt Redwood Co., LLC in the Upper Elk River Watershed, Humboldt County. (July 19, 2019.)

11. Arrangements for Next Meeting and Adjournment
8:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 18, 2019 and
8:30 a.m. Thursday, December 19, 2019
5550 Skylane Blvd, Ste A
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

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
Valerie Minton-Quinto Board Chair                                           Sebastopol

Gregory Giusti

Board Vice Chair                                  Santa Rosa

John Corbett

Board Member                                      McKinleyville

Kelli Gant

Board Member                                      Trinity Center

Hector Bedolla Board Member                                      Healdsburg



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

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

Gil Falcone Supervisor, 401 Certification & Nonpoint Source Protection Unit


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


Enforcement Specialist

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