News Worth Noting: State Water Board approves $19M for interim emergency drinking water and drought-related projects; Rep. Huffman backs Humboldt County’s request for Trinity water; LA County Flood Control District receives $99,000 Penalty

SWRCB logo water boardsState Water Board approves $19 million for interim emergency drinking water and drought-related projects:Today the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) approved guidelines for $19 million in funding to help public agencies, community water systems, not-for-profit organizations and tribal governments meet emergency drinking water needs.  On March 27, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed a $1 billion emergency drought legislation package, including Assembly bills 91 and 92, which took effect immediately, allowing the State Water Board to act.  In an effort to distribute funds as quickly and efficiently as possible, the State Water Board will coordinate with the Regional Water Quality Control Boards, Division of Drinking Water, Department of Water Resources, Office of Emergency Services (OES) and stakeholders to identify communities whose water supplies have been impacted by contamination or drought, and need financial assistance to maintain a safe drinking water supply. ... ”  Read more from the State Water Board here:  State Water Board approves $19 million for interim emergency drinking water and drought-related projects

Jared_Huffman,_Official_portrait,_113th_CongressRep. Huffman backs Humboldt County’s request for Trinity water:Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) joined Humboldt County today in asking the U.S. Interior Department to honor the county’s right to Trinity River water to protect salmon during California’s extended drought.  “Congress promised this water to Humboldt County 60 years ago and the federal government should honor that agreement,” Huffman said. “After three years of drought, it is critical that this water be made available now.”  Humboldt County was granted 50,000 acre feet of water annually as part of the 1955 legislation that authorized the diversion of the Trinity River. That water has not been made available to date. However, a December 2014 Interior Department legal decision affirmed the county’s right to this water.  … ”  Read more here: Rep. Huffman backs Humboldt County’s request for Trinity water

SWRCB logo water boardsLos Angeles County Flood Control District receives $99,000 Penalty for Violating Clean Water Act:The Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board’s assistant executive officer has proposed a penalty of $99,000 to the Los Angeles County Flood Control District (Flood Control District) for violation of its Water Quality Certification (401 Certification), a requirement of Section 401 of the Clean Water Act certifying that project activities will comply with State water quality standards.  The proposed Administrative Civil Liability Order alleges the Flood Control District violated terms of its 401 Certification requirements by conducting unauthorized construction activities on a section of the levee on the San Gabriel River in Long Beach. The Order alleges the Flood Control District failed to report noncompliance; keep the project area free of trash and debris; implement adequate best management practices downstream; and failed to obtain a 401 Certification amendment for grouting activities along a portion of the soft-bottom channel of the San Gabriel River. The Flood Control District also failed to submit an adequate surface water diversion plan as required by the 401 Certification. ... ”  Read more from the State Water Board here: Los Angeles County Flood Control District receives $99,000 Penalty for Violating Clean Water Act

 

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