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Elk River Sediment TMDL – Draft Source Analysis Available

Greetings,

This email is to inform you on the status of the Elk River Sediment
TMDL being developed by staff of the North Coast Regional Water Quality
Control Board.

Regional Water Board staff has released the preliminary review draft of
the Elk River TMDL Sediment Source Analysis for the Upper Elk River
(Chapter 3 of the draft Staff Report).  The draft, dated May 26, 2011,
contains the sediment source analysis for the upper portion of the Elk
River watershed.  The analysis includes an evaluation of both natural
and management-related sediment sources and provides an estimate of
loading from each of the source categories.  The preliminary review
draft of the Sediment Source Analysis for the upper Elk River watershed
is available at:
http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/northcoast/water_issues/programs/tmdls/elk_river/

Due to other Regional Water Board constraints, the June 22, 2011 Board
workshop on the Elk River TMDL has been postponed until a later date.
However, staff will still lead a June 28, 2011 workshop in Eureka.  At
this workshop, Regional Water Board staff will inform the public on the
completed technical portions of the Elk River Sediment TMDL.  This
includes an introduction to the TMDL (Chapter 1 of the draft Staff
Report), a description of the watershed condition, the problem statement
(Chapter 2 of the draft Staff Report) and the sediment source analysis
for the upper Elk River watershed.  A separate announcement of the June
28, 2011 staff-lead workshop will be sent.

The web page will be updated and the Lyris email list will be used to
inform interested parties of updates and for soliciting public input on
Chapters 1, 2 and 3 of the Draft Staff Report.

Regional Water Board contact Adona White at awhite@waterboards.ca.gov
or 707-576-2672.