Web Map Showing California’s Fully Appropriated Streams

The State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights (Division) has released an interactive GIS web map for representing Fully Appropriated Stream Systems (FASS) in California.  The web map provides access to FASS and related information, including seasonal limitations, court references, and Board decisions all in one place and within a geospatial context.  The web map can be found at the following web address:

https://gispublic.waterboards.ca.gov/
portal/apps/MapJournal/index.html?
appid=b2188e89dfea4e44b156600370f1edf7

Critical Species Lookbook Groundwater Resource Hub

The Nature Conservancy is pleased to announce the release of the Critical Species LookBook (the LookBook) which may be found on the Groundwater Resource Hub.  The LookBook is a compendium of 84 state and federally listed species likely to be affected by groundwater management and merit consideration by Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). Consistent with SGMA’s emphasis on local control, the LookBook is designed to inform local planning and decision-making.

The goal of the LookBook is to synthesize the best available groundwater-relevant information for each species to ensure that their water needs are adequately considered when developing Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs).  The LookBook was developed with expert opinion and review from more than 90 professionals at federal and state agencies, academia, technical consultancy firms, NGOs, and local water agencies with either an expertise in a particular species or in water management.

Please download the PDF version of the LookBook.  Should you have any questions regarding information in the LookBook, please contact Ruthie Redmond (ruthie.redmond@tnc.org).

New Fully Appropriated Stream Systems (FASS) Web Map Tool

The State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights (Division) has released an interactive GIS web map for representing Fully Appropriated Stream Systems (FASS) in California. The web map provides access to FASS and related information, including seasonal limitations, court references, and Board decisions all in one place and within a geospatial context. The web map can be found at the following web address: https://gispublic.waterboards.ca.gov/portal/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=b2188e89dfea4e44b156600370f1edf7

The Division is planning to host a webinar on the new tool in mid-December, and will follow up with additional information on the time and date of that webinar in the near future. More information can be found on the Division’s Fully Appropriated Stream Systems webpage.

Action: Send Letter to Maui County for polluting Groundwater and Ocean Beaches

Below is a sample letter to send to the Environmental Program of Maui County expressing outrage for continuing to pollute or simply a statement of not visiting until pollution of groundwater and ocean is stopped and the Clean Water Act is followed.

Dear Environmental Coordinator: I am outraged by the continued pollution from treated wastewater that is impacting groundwater and ocean beaches in your area. You need to adhere to the lower and appeal’s court decision to require a permit that would regulate this activity to safeguard water and its environment. Furthermore, any future plans to visit this area would be avoided and spent elsewhere. Pollution of waters in its jurisdiction is not something a tourist destination like Maui County wants visitors to be thinking about never mind spending time there. Get the “paradise” back into Maui County. Thank you.

Use the above sample language to modify your own message and copy and paste to send via your email program to the Environmental Coodinator: Makalea.ane@mauicounty.gov

Protecting Species under Groundwater Management

Dear Groundwater Colleagues,

The Nature Conservancy is pleased to announce the release of the Critical Species LookBook (the LookBook) which may be found on the Groundwater Resource Hub. The LookBook is a compendium of 84 state and federally listed species likely to be affected by groundwater management and merit consideration by Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). Consistent with SGMA’s emphasis on local control, the LookBook is designed to inform local planning and decision-making.

The goal of the LookBook is to synthesize the best available groundwater-relevant information for each species to ensure that their water needs are adequately considered when developing Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs). The LookBook was developed with expert opinion and review from more than 90 professionals at federal and state agencies, academia, technical consultancy firms, NGOs, and local water agencies with either an expertise in a particular species or in water management.

Please download the PDF version of the LookBook. Should you have any questions regarding information in the LookBook, please contact Ruthie Redmond (ruthie.redmond@tnc.org).

TNC wishes to thank the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, UC Davis, the National Marine Fisheries Service, and Audubon for their invaluable contributions to the LookBook.

Thank you,

Sandi Matsumoto

Associate Director

California Water Program

Public Comment and Board Workshop on Safe and Affordable Drinking Water

There is an opportunity for Public Comment and Board Workshop on the Draft Administrator Policy Handbook for Safe and Affordable Drinking Water.

This on Russian River Watershed Pathogen Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) & Prohibition against the Discharge of Fecal Waste Materials

The Board Workshop is scheduled for August 21, 2019

Comment Deadline is September 4, 2019 by 12 noon.

Russian River TMDLs

Russian River Watershed Pathogen Prohibition of Discharge of Fecal Waste Materials

VERY IMPORTANT MEETING TO ADOPT PATHOGEN TMDL. PLEASE TRY TO ATTEND EVEN IF YOU DON’T PLAN TO SPEAK.
AUGUST 14, 2019 BEGINNING SOON AFTER 8:30 AM. 5550 Skylane Blvd., Santa Rosa, near the Sonoma County Airport.

This action will provide the basis for new septic management requirements. For instance:
Septic inspections by a qualified expert will need to take place every five years.

Cesspools will no longer be allowed, although if use is not expanded, low income people can put off changes for up to 15 years. Etc.
Most lower river septic owners will be affected by this new regulation, especially in Monte Rio and Villa Grande.
More stringent rules will apply to properties within 600’ of the Russian River or blue stream tributaries (even if only part of your property is within 600’). This may include supplementary treatment if soils are found to be inadequate at filtering pathogens.

The approved documents are subject to review by other State Agencies and nothing will be considered final all approvals are received, which is expected to be about a year from now. Timelines will kick in at that point.

Thanks for supporting the lower Russian River and RRWPC’s work.

There is information on live-streaming this meeting if you can’t attend in person in the Regional Board notice.

Brenda Adelman
Russian River Watershed Protection Committee