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Comments needed on California Water Board proposal to limit Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) on the Klamath River

June 24, 2010

In our May 2010 issue we reported on the California Water Board's attempt to restrict suction gold dredging by prescribing Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) limits for the Klamath River.

TMDLs are described as pollutant sources in a river, and prescribing limits is a regulatory too agencies use to restrict lawful use and development.

The full article is available online and includes a summary of the science, or lack thereof, used to justify their actions.

The Water Board recently released the following statement:

Attached is a Notice of Opportunity to Comment on the Proposed Approval of an Amendment To The Water Quality Control Plan For The North Coast Region (Basin Plan) To Establish: (1) Site Specific Water Quality Objectives For Dissolved Oxygen In The Klamath River; (2) An Action Plan For The Klamath River Total Maximum Daily Loads Addressing Temperature, Dissolved Oxygen, Nutrient, And Microcystin Impairments In The Klamath River; And (3) An Implementation Plan For The Klamath And Lost River Basins.
Comment Deadline is July 21, 2010 by 12 noon.

Thank you,
Jeanine Townsend
Clerk to the Board
State Water Resources Control Board
1001 I Street. 24th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 341-5600
Fax: (916) 341-5620
E-mail: jtownsend@waterboards.ca.gov

Now is the opportunity to challenge the lack of science behind the proposed regulations. The proposed regulations and information on how to provide comments is available online in .pdf format: Resolution for Klamath River TMDL

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