NEWS WORTH NOTING: Reminder of available information on the State Water Board’s proposed rulemaking on wasteful water uses; CDFW seeks info related to Cascades Frog; CDFA releases final EIR for CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Program

Reminder of available information on the State Water Board’s Proposed Rulemaking on Wasteful Water Uses

From the State Water Resources Control Board:

In response to Executive Orders B-37-16 and B-40-17, the State Water Board is advancing a rulemaking that would prohibit certain wasteful urban water use practices. The Water Board is seeking comments on the proposed regulation. The Water Board announced the rulemaking and first circulated the associated documents on November 1st, 2017.

  • The Water Board filed the Initial Study/Negative Declaration with the State Clearinghouse. That document is available on-line. Physical copies can also be viewed at the CalEPA library.  The official CEQA review began on November 11th 2017 and will end on December 7th, 2017. The State Clearinghouse (SCH) number is 2017112019.

All the rulemaking documents are available on-line: https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/conservation_portal/regs/wasteful_water_uses.html

There will also be a workshop on November 21, 2017 during the board meeting, which begins at 9:30 am.  For more information, please see the November 21 Board Meeting Agenda: https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/board_info/calendar.

Any interested person, or his or her authorized representative, may submit written comments relevant to the proposed regulatory action to the State Water Board. Written comments must be received no later than 12:00 noon on Tuesday, December 26th 2017. The State Water Board will only consider comments received by that time.

Please send comment letters to Ms. Jeanine Townsend, Clerk to the Board, by email at commentletters@waterboards.ca.gov , (916) 341-5620 (fax), or by mail or hand delivery addressed to:

Jeanine Townsend, Clerk to the Board
State Water Resources Control Board
P.O. Box 100, Sacramento, CA 95812-2000 (by mail)
1001 I Street, 24th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814 (by hand delivery)

Please also indicate in the subject line, “Comment Letter – Prohibiting Wasteful Water Use Practices.” Hand and special deliveries should also be addressed to Ms. Townsend at the address above. Couriers delivering comments must check in with lobby security and have them contact Ms. Townsend. Due to the limitations of the email system, emails larger than 15 megabytes are rejected and cannot be delivered or received by the State Water Board. We request that comments larger than 15 megabytes be submitted under separate emails.

Contact:  Charlotte Ely: Charlotte.Ely@waterboards.ca.gov, 916-319-8564

CDFW Seeks Information Related to Cascades Frog

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is seeking information relevant to a proposal to list the Cascades Frog as an endangered or threatened species.

The Cascades Frog (Rana cascadae) inhabits a variety of habitats such as large lakes, ponds, wet meadows and streams at mid- to high-elevations range from the Klamath-Trinity region, along the Cascades Range axis in the vicinity of Mt. Shasta, southward to the headwater tributaries of the Feather River.

In March 2017, the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) submitted a petition to the California Fish and Game Commission to formally list the Cascades Frog as endangered or threatened under the California Endangered Species Act. The listing petition and CDFW’s petition evaluation described a variety of threats to the survival of Cascades Frogs in California. These include direct and indirect impacts associated with airborne contaminants, climate change, disease, fire suppression, habitat loss and alteration, introduced fish, livestock grazing, recreational activities, small population sizes and Cannabis cultivation. CDFW recommended, and the Commission voted, to advance the species to candidacy on Oct. 11, 2017. The Commission published findings of this decision on Oct. 27, 2017, triggering a 12-month period during which CDFW will conduct a status review to inform the Commission’s decision on whether to list the species.

As part of the status review process, CDFW is soliciting information from the public regarding the Cascades Frog’s ecology, genetics, life history, distribution, abundance, habitat, the degree and immediacy of threats to reproduction or survival, adequacy of existing management and recommendations for management of the species. Comments, data and other information can be submitted in writing to:

California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Attn: Laura Patterson
1812 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA 95811

Comments may also be submitted by email to wildlifemgt@wildlife.ca.gov. If submitting comments by email, please include “Cascades Frog” in the subject heading.

All comments received by Dec. 22, 2017 will be evaluated prior to submittal of the CDFW report to the Commission. Receipt of the report will be placed on the agenda for the next available meeting of the Commission after delivery and the report will be made available to the public at that time. Following the receipt of the CDFW report, the Commission will allow a 30-day public comment period prior to taking any action on CDFW’s recommendation.

CBD’s listing petition and CDFW’s petition evaluation for the Cascades Frog are available at www.fgc.ca.gov/CESA/index.aspx#cf.

CDFA releases final Environmental Impact Report for CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Program

The final program environmental impact report (EIR) for the CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Program has been certified and is available for viewing at cdfa.ca.gov/calcannabis/PEIR.html .

Certification of the EIR as final by CDFA and providing notice through the California State Clearinghouse is required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and is a necessary step leading up to the adoption of the cannabis cultivation licensing regulations.

The EIR outlines potential significant environmental impacts associated with the adoption and implementation of statewide cannabis cultivation licensing regulations and provides mitigation measures to reduce those impacts to less than significant.

CDFA is developing regulations for statewide cannabis cultivation licensing, as well as a track-and-trace system. This system will record the movement of cannabis and cannabis products through the supply chain, from cultivation to sale.

NOTE: CDFA anticipates issuing cannabis cultivation licenses on or about January 1, 2018. In addition to state licensure, applicants are required to comply with any local cannabis cultivation requirements. Applicants should check with their local jurisdiction regarding local ordinance requirements.

 

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