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<font color="yellow">We need to be heard and represented well at these meetings..granted the EPA is overseeing them, so we're starting the 4th quarter down by 10 touchdowns, but we need to have a say in this...</font c>

Now that non-point sources like naturally occuring sedimentation is being
counted in the TMDL program, and streams are being declared "impaired" due to
natural sediment, we need to express ourselves on this issue. Roads, timber
harvest, farming, every land use activity, could be affected.

TMDL PUBLIC LISTENING SESSIONS
November. 1-2, 2001
1 pm - 6 pm on Nov. 1, 2001
8 am - noon on Nov. 2, 2001
Doubletree Hotel Sacramento
EPA is conducting five public listening sessions (one in CA) on
the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) program (section 303(d) of the
Clean Water Act) and related issues in the National Pollutant
Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program (section 402 of the
Clean Water Act). The purpose of the meetings is to get
stakeholder perspectives on key issues associated with the TMDL
program and related issues in the NPDES program, and to
identify/discuss ideas about how to address issues in the TMDL and
NPDES programs. EPA will use the information received at these
public listening sessions as it considers changes to the
regulations which govern the TMDL program (40 CFR 130) and related
areas of the NPDES program (40 CFR 122, 123, and 124), with a view
toward proposing modifications in mid-2002. Four of the public
meetings will focus on specific themes/issues and at the fifth
meeting, in Washington, DC, EPA will summarize the input received
at the first four public meetings and will provide an opportunity
for additional input. At each of these meetings, the public will
have the opportunity to discuss TMDL issues both related and
unrelated to the specific theme/issue of the meeting. The hotel
address is 2001 Point West Way, Sacramento, CA 95815, phone (916)
929-8855.
Topics to be discussed include:
Are TMDLs appropriate for all impaired waters and pollutants?
How can TMDLs be defined to facilitate the use of adaptive
management?
How can we developTMDLs to encourage stakeholder involvement in
the allocation process?
How can TMDLs be defined to promote a watershed approach?
For more information visit the TMDL web site at:
<http://www.epa.gov/owow/tmdl/meetings/>
 
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