North Coast Regional Water Board Program for Discharges of
Waste Associated with the Production of Lily Bulbs.
Public Review of the Draft Smith River Plain Water Quality
Management Plan (SRPWQMP)
Regional Water Board staff have developed a draft SRPWQMP to address water quality associated with the cultivation and production of lily bulbs in the Smith River Plain. The SRPWQMP is an adaptive management pollutant control plan that will provide information for the development of a Waste Discharge Regulation (WDR) permit for lily bulb growing operations in the Smith River watershed. The SRPWQMP was developed by Regional Water Quality Control Board (Regional Water Board) staff at the direction of the Regional Water Board to address water quality impacts associated with lily bulb cultivation in the Smith River Plain.
The plan sets up a program of implementation, monitoring, and reporting to the Regional Water Board and the public. It includes a surface water monitoring program and an adaptive management process to assess effectiveness of program implementation. The plan was developed with input from the Smith River Watershed Stewardship Team composed of lily bulb growers, natural resources agencies, the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation, and the Smith River Alliance, a local restoration group.
The SRPWQMP is not a regulatory order, nor is it part of a Basin Plan Amendment process, and therefore will not be considered a regulatory action by the Regional Water Board. The Regional Water Board staff in consult with the Smith River Watershed Stewardship Team will evaluate public comments for possible refinements to the SRPWQMP. After the revisions, if any, are complete, the draft SRPWQMP will be considered by Regional Water Board’s Executive Officer for approval of the final plan.
Draft Smith River Plain Water Quality Program
- Draft Smith River Plain Water Quality Management Plan Public Review Draft – February 11, 2021
Comments on the draft SRPWQMP are due March 12, 2021 to:
(707) 576-6750 or mail to:
Regional Water Quality Control Board
c/o Ben Zabinsky
5550 Skylane Blvd., Suite A
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Please email Ben.Zabinsky@waterboards.ca.gov if you have questions or problems downloading the draft plan.