Meeting Agenda for December 13, 2017


8:30 A.M., Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Regional Water Quality Control Board
David C. Joesph Room
5550 Skylane Blvd., Suite A
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Sonoma County

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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.

1. Approval of Meeting Minutes: August 17, 2017

2. Consideration of Resolution expressing appreciation to Geoffrey Hales (Matt St. John)

Uncontested Items

Audio recording for items 3-9

3. Public Hearing on Order No. R1-2017-0046 to consider adoption of proposed Waste Discharge Requirements for the Willits Environmental Remediation Trust, Page Property, WDID No. 1B06008NMEN, NPDES No. CA0025143 (Cody Walker)

4. Public Hearing on Order No. R1-2017-0047 Modifying Waste Discharge Requirements/NPDES Permit, Order No. R1-2016-0015 for the City of Healdsburg Wastewater Treatment, Recycling, and Disposal Facility, WDID No. 1B82046OSON, NPDES No. CA0025135 (Cathleen Goodwin)

5. Public Hearing on Order No. R1-2017-0048 Modifying Cease and Desist Order No. R1-2012-0011 for the Forestville Water District Wastewater Treatment, Recycling, and Disposal Facility, WDID No. 1B83100OSON, NPDES No. CA0023043 (Cathleen Goodwin)

6. Public Hearing on Order No. R1-2017-0038 to consider adoption of proposed Rescission of NPDES Permit and Cease and Desist Order for the City of Tulelake Wastewater Treatment Facility, WDID No. 1A84002OSIS, NPDES No. CA0023272, Rescinding Orders R1-2013-0030 and R1-2013-0029 (Justin McSmith)

7. Public Hearing on Order No. R1-2017-0013 to consider adoption of proposed Waste Discharge Requirements for Virginia Dare Winery, WDID No. 1B83017OSON (Rachel Prat)

Action Items

8. Public Hearing on Order No. R1-2017-0039 to consider adoption of proposed Waiver of Waste Discharge Requirements for Specific Categories of Low Threat Discharge in the North Coast Region (Charles Reed)

9. Public Hearing on Order No. R1-2017-0056 to consider adoption of proposed Conditional Waiver of Waste Discharge Requirements for Disaster-Related Wastes during a State of Emergency within the North Coast Region. (Charles Reed)



No Workshops are Scheduled

Information Items

10. Update on Cannabis Regulatory Program (Kason Grady, Regional Water Board, Dan Schultz and Tim O’Brien, State Water Board)

11. Update on Regional Water Board’s Post Fire Response and Recovery Actions (Water Board Staff)

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

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

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

Audio recording for items 11-14

Closed Session

15. 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 significant exposure to litigation (Gov. Code, §11126, subd.(e)(2)(B)(i));
    4. Discuss whether to initiate litigation (Gov. Code, § 11126, subd.(e)(2)(C)(i)); and
    5. Discuss initiated litigation in the following matters (Gov. Code, § 11126, subd.(e)):
      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. Petitions of: Jesse Noell, Stephanie Bennett, Kristi Wrigley and Elk River Residents Association; Pacific Coast Federation of Fisherman’s Association; and Environmental Protection Information Center and North Group of the Redwood Chapter Sierra Club for Review and Stay of Order No. R1-2016-0004, Waste Discharge Requirements for Nonpoint Source Discharges and Other Controllable Water Quality Factors Related to Timber Harvesting and Associated Activities Conducted by Humboldt Redwood Company, LLC in the Upper Elk River Watershed, Humboldt County (December 30, 2016).

13. Arrangements for Next Meeting and Adjournment
8:30 a.m., Thursday, February 8, 2018
5550 Skylane Blvd., Suite 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

David Noren

Board Chair                                            Sebastopol

Valerie Minton

Board Vice Chair                                   Petaluma

Gregory Giusti

Board Member                                      Ukiah

John Corbett

Board Member                                      McKinleyville

Kelli Gant

Board Member                                      Trinity Center

Hector Bedolla

Board Member                                       Healdsburg

State Board

Steven Moore

State Board Liaison

Management Staff

Matthias St. John

Executive Officer

Shin-Roei Lee

Assistant Executive Officer

Patti Corsie

Executive Assistant

Nathan Jacobsen

Counsel to the Board


Counsel to the Board

Patricia Gorup

Staff Services Manager

Janet Mahoney

Small Business Liaison

Planning, Stewardship & Compliance Assurance Division

Joshua Curtis

Division Chief

Diana Henrioulle

Supervisor, Compliance Assurance Unit

Katharine Carter

Supervisor, Adaptive Watershed Management Unit

Alydda Mangelsdorf

Supervisor, Planning Unit

Kason Grady

Supervisor, Cannabis Regulatory Unit

Nonpoint Source & Surface Water Protection Division

Fred Blatt

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

Point Source Control & Groundwater Protection Division

Claudia Villacorta

Division Chief

Mona Dougherty

Supervisor, NPDES Unit

Craig Hunt

Supervisor, Cleanup Unit

Charles Reed

Supervisor, Land Disposal & Groundwater Permitting Unit

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