Reclaiming the Sierra

Draft TMDL Plan Focuses on Protecting Waters, Not Just Restoring Impaired Ones

August 28, 2012

from Daily Environment Reportâ„¢ Tuesday, August 21, 2012 By Amena H. Saiyid State agencies may be able to assess and develop plans to protect healthy waters alongside those to restore impaired ones as part of a yearlong effort by the Environmental Protection Agency and state water agencies to reform the process for writing total maximum […]

CEQA Scoping Meetings for Statewide Mercury Policy Scheduled

February 23, 2012

From the State Water Resources Control Board Water Board staff from around the state are working to develop a regulatory program to address mercury contamination in reservoirs in California. Four public scoping meetings have been scheduled around the state for March 2012. At the meetings, State Water Board staff will seek comments from the public […]

USEPA approves Delta Methylmercury TMDL, stakeholder meeting on Nov 10

November 7, 2011

From: Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board (CVRWQCB) On 20 October 2011, the US Environmental Protection Agency approved the Delta Mercury Control Program (new fish tissue objectives, and TMDLs for the Delta and Yolo Bypass). The EPA approval date establishes the Effective Date of the Basin Plan amendment. The Basin Plan amendment contains actions […]

State Water Board Approves Mercury Control Strategy for Fish in Sacramento and San Joaquin River Basins

July 25, 2011

From the State Water Resources Control Board SACRAMENTO, 21 June 2011 – The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) has approved a strategy designed to ultimately reduce the amount of mercury and methylmercury impacting fish inhabiting the Sacramento and San Joaquin river basins. The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board (Central Valley […]

New Sierra Water Bodies Listed as Impaired for Mercury

December 3, 2010

23 November 2010 – The California Regional Water Quality Board recently released an updated 303(d) list designating even more Sierra Nevada streams and reservoirs as being impaired for mercury. The vast majority of mercury contamination in the Sierra results from the large scale use of mercury in historic gold mining operations. Contaminated sediment from the […]