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Central Valley Regional Water Board staff are preparing to bring a Resolution to the Central Valley Water Board to add the Tribal Beneficial Use definitions to the Central Valley Water Quality Control Plans in 2021.
Central Valley Regional Water Board staff have begun soliciting input from California Native American Tribes in the Region on the process and information needs to move forward with designations. Central Valley Regional Water Board staff are looking to begin the process by designating waters not impacted with mercury in upper watersheds for the CUL beneficial use. That will enable staff to formalize discussions with Tribes on the proposed process while developing a “template” for expanding designations to include waters with mercury impacts and the T-SUB and SUB beneficial uses. Staff are also preparing to release a Draft Resolution, Staff Report (with Amended Basin Plan Language), and a Notice of Public Comment to add the TBU Definitions to the Central Valley Region's Water Quality Control Plans.
Upcoming Board Meetings/Workshops Relating to TBUs
Central Valley Water Board staff coordinated two Tribal Summits focused on Tribal Beneficial Uses on March 18th and March 25th and a TBU Public Stakeholder Scoping Meeting on April 28th. Staff brought an Informational Item on the process forward for designating TBUs to the June 17, 2021 Board Meeting. The Board was enthusiastic about staff's progress to date and approved staff to proceed with the proposed process.
Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board website.