|Video and Teleconference Meeting During COVID-19 Emergency: As a result of the COVID-19 emergency and the Governor’s Executive Orders to protect public health by limiting public gatherings and requiring social distancing, this meeting will occur solely via remote presence. Links for the meeting, including a phone call option, will be posted on our website at|
|The Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board (Water Board) is conducting a closed session of this meeting on Thursday, May 13, 2021 @ 10:00 a.m. as:|
|Video and Teleconference Meeting Only|
No Physical Meeting Location
(Authorized by and in furtherance of
Executive Orders N-29-20 and N-33-20.)
|For those who only wish to watch the meeting, the customary webcast remains available at https://cal-span.org/static/meetings-RWQCB-LAHO.php and should be used UNLESS you intend to comment|
For those who wish to comment on an agenda item or are presenting to the Water Board, additional information about participating telephonically or via the remote meeting solution is available here: https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/lahontan/board_info/remote_meeting/.
|General Meeting Information:|
The following items are numbered for identification purposes only and will not necessarily be considered in this order. The meeting will not be called to order prior to the time specified. All Water Board files, exhibits, and agenda materials pertaining to items on this agenda are hereby made a part of the record for the appropriate item.
Comments on individual agenda items are welcome. If you are considering speaking or submitting written materials, please consult the notes at the end of the agenda.
| Adoption of Uncontested Calendar:|
Items denoted by (!) are expected to be routine and non-controversial and will be proposed for the uncontested calendar. The Water Board will act on these items at one time without discussion. If any Water Board member or person requests discussion, the item may be removed from the uncontested calendar to be considered separately. Requests to have an item removed from the uncontested calendar can be made in advance of the meeting by emailing to the Board Clerk at [email protected] or by calling the Water Board’s Executive Officer via his Executive Assistant, Katrina Fleshman at (530) 542-5414.
|REGULAR MEETING: Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.|
| Call to Order and Introductions|
|1.|| Public Forum – A public forum is held at the beginning of each general meeting where persons may speak on matters within the Water Board’s jurisdiction that are not related to a specific agenda item or currently pending before the Water Board. Comments regarding pending or impending adjudicatory matters will not be allowed.|
|2.|| Minutes – The Water Board will consider adopting the minutes of the Regular Meeting of March 10-11, 2021|
|3.|| Reports by Water Board Chair and Water Board Members – The Water Board members will provide updates to the Water Board and public on events and activities of interest.|
|4.|| Executive Officer’s Report – The Acting Executive Officer will provide an update to the Water Board and public on key actions and activities in the Lahontan region, including the items below. This is an informational item and no formal action is requested, though Water Board members may give direction to staff. (Mike Plaziak).|
| ||a.||Notification of Spills (Pursuant to Water Code section 13271, and Health and Safety Code section 25180.7)|
|5.||!Revised Waste Discharge Requirements for Golden Queen Mining Company, LLC and the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Soledad Mountain Project, Kern County – The Water Board will consider adopting revised Waste Discharge Requirements to reflect existing Facility conditions, require the installation of additional groundwater monitoring wells, provide general updates to the monitoring and reporting program, and to be consistent with California Code of Regulations, title 27. (Christina Guerra)|
|6.||!Revised Waste Discharge Requirements for the Marine Corps Logistics Base, Barstow, Yermo Annex, Industrial Wastewater Treatment and Recycling Facility, San Bernardino County – The Water Board will consider adopting revised Waste Discharge Requirements to reflect existing Facility conditions, provide general updates to the monitoring and reporting program, and to be consistent with California Code of Regulations, title 27. (Christopher Avalos)|
|7.|| Waste Discharge Requirements for the California Department of Transportation, Valley Wells Safety Roadside Rest Area – The Water Board will consider adopting individual Waste Discharge Requirements (WDRs) for the existing domestic wastewater discharge at the Caltrans Valley Wells Safety Roadside Rest Area (SRRA). The Board Order includes time schedules requiring Caltrans to complete construction of an upgraded wastewater treatment system by 2026 that will protect groundwater quality. (John Morales, P.E.)|
|8.|| Bacteria Water Quality Objectives Evaluation Project – This item pertains to the 2018 Triennial Review Priority 1 – Evaluate Bacteria Water Quality Objectives. Staff will present an evaluation of antidegradation considerations for the project and present planning options revised from the Board workshop heard in January 2021. This is an informational item and no formal action is requested, but Board members may provide input to staff. (Elizabeth Beryt, Ed Hancock)|
| ||a)||Discussion of Significant Exposure to Litigation. Authority: Government Code section 11126, subdivision (e)(2)(B)(i).|
| ||b)||Discussion to Decide Whether to Initiate Litigation. Authority: Government Code section 11126, subdivision (e)(2)(C)(i).|
| ||c)||To deliberate on a decision to be reached based upon evidence introduced in a hearing. Authority: Government Code section 11126, subdivision (c)(3).|
| ||d)||Discussion of Litigation. In re PG&E Corporation, et al., Debtors, Chapter, Case No.19-30088, United States Bankruptcy Court, San Francisco Division. Authority: Government Code section 11126, subdivision (e).|
| ||e)||Discussion of Personnel Matters. Authority: Government Code section 11126, subdivision (a).|
| ||1At any time during the regular session, the Water Board may adjourn to a closed session to consider litigation, personnel matters, or to deliberate on a decision to be reached based upon the evidence introduced in the hearing. Discussion of litigation is within the attorney-client privilege and may be held in closed session. Authority: Government Code section 11126, subdivisions (a), (c)(3) and (e).|