From the Central Valley Water Board – Project Update: MUN evaluation in Ag Dominated Water Bodies

Regarding the status of the “Evaluation of the Municipal and Domestic Supply (MUN) Beneficial Use in Ag Dominated Surface Water Bodies” project- Please review the following project updates:

1) After consulting with legal counsel and management, Central Valley Water Board staff have decided to initiate two Basin Plan Amendments for this project. The first amendment will address the appropriate MUN beneficial use application and protection in the specific receiving waters of the four Sacramento Valley POTWs (Biggs, Colusa, Live Oak and Willows), and the second will address a region-wide process for evaluating the MUN beneficial use in Ag dominated water bodies.

2) Central Valley Water Board staff are currently working on draft staff reports for both amendments, using the work developed and the comments received during the stakeholder meetings over the last year and a half.

3) A contract has been initiated between CV-SALTS and CDM Smith for the CEQA Evaluation and Economic Analysis portions of the staff draft reports.

4) Meeting notes from the September 12, 2013 stakeholder meeting and other updated material are available on the project website at:  http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/centralvalley/water_issues/salinity/mun_beneficial_use/index.shtml

Until the draft staff reports near completion, we do not anticipate holding any large stakeholder meetings. However, we do want to offer the opportunity for stakeholders to ask questions and receive more clarification on the project status if needed. If you are interested in scheduling a conference call with Central Valley Water Board staff, please contact Anne Littlejohn at alittlejohn@waterboards.ca.gov.