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From next week's column http://users.sisqtel.net/armstrng/opinion012210.htm

Klamath TMDL

by Marcia Armstrong, Siskiyou County Supervisor 1/22/10

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KLAMATH TMDL: The North Coast Water Quality Control Board will be receiving oral comments on the Klamath and Lost River Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL) on Wednesday, January 27 at 10 a.m. at The Holiday Inn Express in Yreka. The proposed TMDL and action plan can be downloaded here: http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/northcoast/water_issues/programs/tmdls/klamath_river/ Written Comments are due no later than February 9 at 5 p.m. and may be sent to: North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board , c/o Katharine Carter, 5550 Skylane Blvd, Suite A, Santa Rosa, CA 95403 or e-mailed to kcarter@waterboards.ca.gov  

The “Summary” of the changes to the Klamath TMDL indicates that the modeling of nutrients in the Klamath River, natural conditions and upper river contributions has been revised. There is additional documentation as to the decisions and assumptions made that underlie the modeling. There were revisions made to the technical TMDL text regarding nutrients, water quality and fish disease, temperature impacts and objectives for dissolved oxygen. Natural temperature conditions for the Scott River have been updated.

The recommendation for a basin-wide conditional waiver for agriculture remains in the plan. However, interim requirements on agriculture (including the Scott and Shasta) to develop water quality and ranch management plans has been removed. Instead, a basin-wide “public stakeholder process” to address agriculture and develop conditional waivers has been recommended for adoption by 2012. (There are recommendations as to measures landowners should take in the interim.) Existing waivers in the Scott and the Shasta could be revised at the renewal of their TMDL Action Plans or replaced with the new basin-wide conditions.

Newly adopted “Anadromous Salmonid Protection Rules” regarding riparian shade will be applicable to timber activities. The “Thermal Refugia Protection Policy” proposed for suction dredge mining remains.

Also, at the request of PacifiCorp, a coarse analysis of the potential environmental impacts of dam removal, (aesthetics, air quality, biological, water quality) is included.   

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