- I thought this message, from the Sonoma Wildlife Discussion Group might
be of some interest as our dragonflies share these same waterways:
Date: Sun, 9 Feb 2003 14:55:20 -0800
From: Zeno Swijtink <swijtink@...>
Subject: Russian, Gualala now temperature impaired waterbodies
Since the listing of North Coast Rivers, including the Russian River
and the Gualala River, as being Temperature Impaired has important
ramifications for wildlife protection in the county I am forwarding
this to the list.
Brenda Adelman, of the Russian River Watershed Protection Committee,
has already reported on this in her recent message available in the
SonomaWildlife archive at
Date: Sun, 09 Feb 2003 07:09:15 -0800
From: Alan Levine <alevine@...>
Subject: [riverissues] North Coast Rivers - 303 (d) temperature impaired
Below is a review of what went on at the SWRCB regarding the listing of
North Coast Rivers as being Temperature Impaired - First Notes by Craig
Bell, Then a brief synopsis by myself.
---- By Craig Bell
Yesterday the State Water Resources Control Board, after a very tough
that went teetering back and forth, voted to list the : Russian,
Big, Ten Mile, Mad, rivers and Redwood Creek as temperature impaired
Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act TMDL Program.
This is a major victory. TMDL Implementation Plans will be developed for
each river requiring site specific measures for each landowners holdings
the listed watersheds to address reducing temperature pollution. I know
the Timber Industry has been pushing for site specific measures as
to one size fits all, however they did not seem pleased.
Thanks to all who participated in the numerous hearings on this by
written comments and oral testimony including: Cal Trout, Trout
PCFFA, EPIC, Salmonid Restoration Federation, Northern California
Association of River Guides, Sierra Club, Humboldt Watershed Council.
A special thanks to Alan Levine of Coast Action Group who as usual did
much background work in providing data to us all.
Industry as predicted By Alan was in full force with Bernie Bush, Jim
Branham, Peter Rebar, Dave Bischel, Marc Rentz, and Jim Lastrowsky. It
appeared that Branham (Pacific Lumber) paid Dr. Kathleen Sullivan to
the waters on the temperature threshold issue of her own study that is
frequently cited. She appeared very uncomfortable being used that way.
We were represented by Alan Levine, myself and Vivian Bolin.
The vote to list or not list came and went several times at the end of
meeting with no one in the audience or even some Board Members seeming
know the status. What tipped the balance was Art Baggett's concern by
that 15 locations on the Gualala River exceeded lethal temperatures(24
Craig Bell SRF, NCARG, Sierra Club
---- More by Alan Levine
February 5, 2003
Yesterday, with the State Water Quality Control Board consideration of
new 303 (d) list of impaired waterbodies, the Gualala River, Big River,
River, Ten Mile River, Russian River, and Redwood Creek were added to
list as impaired by the pollutant temperature. This means that
review and mitigation as well as completion of a temperature TMDL
(pollutant reduction program) must be accomplished to address impacts
timber harvest and other land use issues.
Getting the State Water Quality Control board to include these rivers
not easy. The great preponderance of evidence, hundreds of sites
for months at a time over a period of years with substantial spatial
representation showed significant numbers of sites with elevated
temperatures that are deleterious to salmon - with many sites showing
term lethal effects. Even with this evidence, the timber industry
representatives were successful in misrepresenting the issue and
misdirecting the line of thinking and confusing the Board. In the end
Board made the right decision. But, probably would not have done so
both Regional Board and State Board staff interceded to make clear
pertinent point, the level of confidence, at just the right moment.
The decision almost went the wrong way, teetering on the abyss at
occasions during Board discussion. Watching this, political and psychic
warfare, was painful and frightening.
Michael Johnson, the famous world record holder for 400m and 200m, was
asked what it felt like to run a good 400m. He said it felt fine until
last 100 meters and at that point to the finsih it felt like you were
eviscerated from the inside out. That is what this meeting felt like.
I have run many 400's in my life and have been to many meetings that
that painful. I am not sure that I have the energy for many more of
in my life. We need some help and reinforcements if we are going to make
difference on our rivers.
I want to thank the people that were there to make a difference: Craig
Bell, Vivian Bolin, Don McEnhill, and the State and Regional Board staff
members that did a great job in putting all the information together for
Coast Action Group
Point Arena, CA 95468