Speak Up for Clean Water in the Russian River Watershed!! Impaired Waterways Workshop
Join Russian Riverkeeper and the California Coastkeeper Alliance for a workshop on how to use the public comment process to effectively speak up for the health of your local waterways!
Monday, March 9th, 6:00pm @ the Environmental Center of Sonoma (Directions)
Every two years, by federal law, California must compile a list of the state’s “impaired,” or seriously polluted, water bodies. These are waters that are now too polluted for activities that Californians used to enjoy, like fishing, swimming, boating or surfing, or that are too polluted to support birds or other wildlife, or that are too polluted to supply drinking water without costly extra treatment. In California, the nine Regional Water Boards identify polluted waters and develop and approve a cleanup process for each water body. California adopted the last list of impaired waters in 2006 (see maps), and Regional Boards throughout the state are currently in the process of updating the 2006 list. The public is encouraged to participate and to submit comments on waters that should be included on the impaired water bodies list. Your participation will ensure that polluted waters get cleaned up! CCKA and its member Waterkeepers are offering public workshops to inform interested parties on how to get involved with the process. Join us in the effort to clean up the water in the Russian River Watershed!
The North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board has released their draft 2008 list of impaired water bodies, updating the information on their 2006 list. It includes several proposed additions to its previous list that will improve water quality in the region. However, these important additions may meet opposition from polluters, and the public’s voice will need to be heard to support them!
These are your waters. You know them better than anyone. The North Coast Water Quality Control Board needs to hear from you! Bring other members of your organizations! Bring your friends!
Hope to see you on the 9th!
Feel free to email Don McEnhill (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Tom Lyons (email@example.com) with any questions.