Tomales Bay Mercury TMDL
Tomales Bay is listed on the Clean Water Act 303(d) list of impaired water bodies for mercury. The biggest anthropogenic source of mercury to Tomales Bay is the former Gambonini mercury mine, which was cleaned up in 2000. As a result, mercury concentrations at the Walker Creek Delta in Tomales Bay, downstream of the mine have decreased. Additional implementation actions are underway as a result of the Walker Creek watershed mercury TMDL, particularly the grazing waiver (also required by the Tomales Bay pathogens TMDL). Therefore, the TMDL does not require new management actions.
Status and Public Notices
Adopted Resolution and Supporting Documents
BackgroundThe Bay is located in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, and is renowned for its wildlife, fishery and shellfish. In their stewardship plan, the Tomales Bay Watershed Council describes:
Hundreds of species of mammals, birds, invertebrates and plants, and many threatened and endangered species inhabit the watershed, which is also an important foraging and haul out site for marine mammals and over-wintering area and migratory stop along the Pacific Flyway for many species of birds, including approximately 20,000 shorebirds and 22,000-25,000 waterfowl.
For More Information Contact:Carrie Austin
Water Resources Control Engineer
1515 Clay Street, Suite 1400
Oakland, CA 94612