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California Regional Water Quality Control Board North Coast Region

William R. Massey, Chairman


Linda S. Adams 5550 Skylane Boulevard, Suite A, Santa Rosa, California 95403 Arnold

Secretary for Phone: (877) 721-9203 (toll free) Office: (707) 576-2220 FAX: (707) 523-0135 Schwarzenegger Environmental Protection Governor


Concerning the development of an amendment to the Regional Water Quality Control Plan of the North Coast Region to protect stream and wetland systems

The Regional Water Quality Control Board, North Coast Region (Regional Water Board) will hold three public meetings concerning development and adoption of an amendment to the Water Quality Control Plan of the North Coast Region (Basin Plan) to protect stream and wetland systems, which include stream channels, wetlands, riparian areas, and floodplains. The amendment may include methodology to identify and assess the conditions of these systems and establish requirements to protect their associated beneficial uses. The public meetings, in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), will allow interested parties to provide comments on the scope of potential environmental impacts from development and implementation of the amendment. Regional Water Board staff will present an overview of the scientific and technical principles underlying the amendment and will discuss potential elements of the amendment that are being considered, including new water quality standards and an implementation plan to achieve these standards. These meetings are in addition to CEQA scoping meetings held in Eureka, Yreka, and Santa Rosa in May. Members of the public and interested parties will be provided the opportunity to present oral and/or written comments on all aspects of the amendment, including implementation planning. All comments will be included in the final administrative record.

The scoping meetings are scheduled as follows:

Date: Monday, November 27, 2006
Time: 6:00 9:00 p.m.
Place: Red Lion Inn, Evergreen Room, 1929 Fourth Street, Eureka, CA 95501

Date: Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Time: 6:00 9:00 p.m.
Place: Yreka Community Center, 810 North Oregon Street, Yreka, CA 96097

Date: Thursday, November 30, 2006
Time: 1:00 4:00 p.m.
Place: North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, Hearing Room, 5550 Skylane Boulevard, Suite A, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Who Should Attend: Public and private landowners; county and water management officials; members and representatives of tribes; environmental groups; and other interested groups or individuals.

California Environmental Protection Agency
Questions regarding the scoping meetings should be directed to Bruce Ho at BHo@waterboards.ca.gov  or (707) 576-2460. Additional information regarding the proposed amendment to the Basin Plan can be found on the Regional Water Board website at http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/northcoast/programs/basinplan/swspp.html  or by calling the Regional Water Board at (707) 576-2220.

California Environmental Protection Agency

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