Draft Resolution Directs Staff to Develop Beneficial Uses for Tribal Traditional and Cultural, and Subsistence Fishing

State Water Resources Control Board   This is a message from the State Water Resources Control Board

At its February 16, 2016 board meeting, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) will consider adopting the attached draft resolution pertaining to beneficial uses.

The State Water Board’s adoption of the Resolution will not establish new beneficial uses.  Attachment A to the resolution contains beneficial use categories proposed by a group of tribes and tribal and environmental justice representatives.  Through the resolution, the State Water Board would direct staff to consider the proposed beneficial uses as staff develops such beneficial uses as part of the amendment to the statewide Water Quality Control Plan for Inland Surface Waters, Enclosed Bays, and Estuaries (the Mercury Amendment).  The development of the Mercury Amendment, including the beneficial uses, would utilize the public participation process applicable to the board’s development of a water quality control plan and seek input from all interested tribes, entities, and individuals.  The State Water Board would consider adopting the Mercury Amendment, including the beneficial uses, no later than April 2017.

If you have any questions about this notification, please contact Gita Kapahi, Director of Public Participation and Tribal Liaison, at (916) 341-5501 or gita.kapahi@waterboards.ca.gov, or Stacy Gillespie, Senior Staff Counsel, at (916) 341-5190 or stacy.gillespie@waterboards.ca.gov.

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