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File #: 19-10    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Informational Report Status: Passed
File created: 12/27/2018 In control: Board of Supervisors
On agenda: 1/8/2019 Final action: 1/8/2019
Title: Letter of Support for the Karuk Tribe's Application for "Treatment as a State" (TAS) Authority of the Clean Water Act (CWA) (Supervisor Mike Wilson)
Sponsors: Mike Wilson
Attachments: 1. Staff Report, 2. Yurok TAS Letter

 

To:                                                  Board of Supervisors

 

From:                             Supervisor Mike Wilson                     

 

Agenda Section:  Consent                                                                                    

 

SUBJECT:

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Letter of Support for the Karuk Tribe’s Application for “Treatment as a State” (TAS) Authority of the Clean Water Act (CWA) (Supervisor Mike Wilson)

 

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RECOMMENDATION(S):

Recommendation

That the Board of Supervisors:

1.                     Authorize the Chair to sign and send the attached letter.

 

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SOURCE OF FUNDING:

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DISCUSSION:

The Clean Water Act (CWA) establishes the basic structure for regulating discharges of pollutants into the waters to the United States and regulating quality standards for surface waters.  The basis of the CWA was enacted in 1948 and was called the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, but was significantly reorganized and expanded in 1972.

 

Under the CWA, the Environmental Protection Act (EPA) has implemented pollution control programs such as setting wastewater standard for the industry.  EPA has also developed national water quality criteria recommendations for pollutants in surface waters.  Therefore, the CWA and the EPA work in collaboration to protect valuable water resources.

 

The Karuk Tribe has submitted their application for TAS under sections 303 and 401 of the CWA.  The approval of this application would enable the Karuk Tribe to be an active voice on issues related to water.  It would allow the Karuk Tribe to work with local government to protect the fisheries and drinking water resources of their community. 

 

The Board of Supervisors would like to send a letter of support to the EPA for the timely approval of the TAS submitted by the Karuk Tribe.  This TAS approval will continue the partnership between local tribes and local government on important environmental issues.  

 

FINANCIAL IMPACT:

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OTHER AGENCY INVOLVEMENT:

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ALTERNATIVES TO STAFF RECOMMENDATIONS:

Board Discretion

 

ATTACHMENTS:

Letter of Support

 

 

PREVIOUS ACTION/REFERRAL:

Board Order No.: N/A                     

Meeting of: N/A