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Meeting Announcement


8:30 A.M., THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2020

Regional Water Quality Control Board
David C. Joseph Room
5550 Skylane Blvd., Suite A
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

The North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board are now streaming the Board meetings live for viewing only. Below are the links to the live broadcast and the archived videos of past Board meetings starting with February 20 & 21, 2019 Board meeting.

Live viewing of Board Meeting - live link – viewing only.

Previous Recording of the Board Meetings - archived links to prior meetings

Supporting documents for agenda items are posted on our website at least 10 days prior to the scheduled meeting. To view or download documents, go to

Comments on individual agenda items are welcome. All persons desiring to address the Board are requested to fill out a
pink speaker card.

Except for items designated as time certain, there are no set times for agenda items. Items may be taken out of order at the discretion of the Chair. Agenda items are subject to postponement. You may contact the designated staff contact person in advance of the meeting day for information on the status of any agenda item.

i. Pledge of Allegiance
ii. Roll Call and Introductions
iii. Board Member Reports and Ex Parte Communication Disclosure. This item is for Board discussion only. No public testimony will be allowed, and the Board will take no formal action.
iv. State Board Liaison and Executive Officer Reports: These items are for Board discussion only. No public testimony will be allowed, and the Board will take no formal action.
v. Public Forum: Time will be reserved for the general public to address the Board on any matter within the Board’s jurisdiction, excluding those items on the agenda. The Board Chair may limit the public forum to thirty (30) minutes initially and continue any remaining appearances beyond the thirty (30) minutes at the end of the regularly scheduled business of the day. The Board Chair requests that each person addressing the Board limit their presentation to three (3) minutes.
1. Election of Board Officers.
2. Presentation of Executive Officer’s 2019 Water Quality Stewardship Award (Matt St. John)
3. Approval of Meeting Minutes: December 19, 2019.
Action Item
4. Public Hearing to consider adoption of Proposed Order No. R1-2020-0001, Waste Discharge Requirements for Discharges Related to Green Diamond Resource Company’s Forest Management Activities Conducted Within the Upper Elk River Watershed Humboldt County (Jim Burke)
Information Items
5. Opportunities for Regional Water Board Collaboration with Sonoma State University’s Center for Environmental Inquiry (Dr. Claudia Luke, Sonoma State University)
6. Overview of the State and Regional Freshwater Cyanobacteria Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring and Response Programs (Katharine Carter, Rich Fadness, North Coast Water Board, Keith Bouma-Gregson and Marisa VanDyke, State Water Board, Office of Information Management and Analysis)
7. Update on the staff of the North Coast Regional Water Board (Matt St. John)
8. Executive Officer’s Report (Matt St. John)
9. Board Member Requests for Future Agenda Items and Other Items of Interest (Matt St. John)
Closed Session
10. The Board may meet in closed session to:
  a. Consider evidence received in an adjudicatory hearing and deliberate on a decision to be reached based on that evidence (Gov. Code, §11126, subd.(c)(3));
  b. Consider the appointment, employment, evaluation of performance, or dismissal of a public employee or to hear complaints or charges brought against a public employee (Gov. Code, § 11126, subd.(a)(1));
  c. Discuss whether to initiate litigation (Gov. Code, § 11126, subd.(e)(2)(C)(i)); and
  d. Discuss significant exposure to litigation or initiated litigation in the following matters (Gov. Code, §11126, subd.(e)); (Gov. Code § 11126, subd. (e)(2)(B)(i)):
    1. CBE LLC and TRC Companies, Inc. v. North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, Petition for Writ of Mandate, Case No. SCV 263687; Sonoma County Superior Court, (December 14, 2018.)
    2. Humboldt Redwood Company LLC v. North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board; State Water Resources Control Board, Petition for Writ of Mandate and Complaint; Humboldt County Superior Court, Case No. CV 1901082 (Nov. 18, 2019.)
    3. People of the State of California, Ex. Rel. The Regional Water Quality Control Board, North Coast Region v. Independence Corporate Offices, Inc., a California Corporation; Clay Tucker, an individual; Rincon Land Holdings LLC, an Arizona Corporation and Does 1-50 Inclusive (September 11, 2017) Trinity County Superior Court, Case No. SCV-17CV066.
11. Arrangements for Next Meeting and Adjournment:
9:00 a.m., Thursday, April 16 & 17, 2020
Humboldt County (Location TBD)