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San Joaquin River at Vernalis

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September 2004 Salt and Boron TMDL and Basin Plan Amendment - Phase 1

This web page contains information on Phase 1 of the TMDLs for salt and boron discharges into the San Joaquin River from irrigated lands in the Lower San Joaquin River Basin (LSJR Salt and Boron Control Program Project Area Map). In September 2004 the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Region (Central Valley Water Board) adopted Phase 1 by amending the Water Quality Control Plan for the Sacramento River Basin and San Joaquin River Basin (Basin Plan). The amendment added the Control program for Salt and Boron Discharges into the Lower San Joaquin River (LSJR) (Control Program) to the Basin Plan. The purpose of the Control Program is to manage salt and boron concentrations to achieve electrical conductivity water quality objectives in the LSJR at Vernalis to protect beneficial uses in the southern Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Table of Contents

Adoption and Approvals

Notice of Decision

  • Transmittal Letter
    The Central Valley Water Board submitted a Notice of Decision, Certificate of Fee Exemption, and related documents for the Salt and Boron Basin Plan amendments to the Secretary for Resources on 28 July 2006.
    • Attachment 1, Lower San Joaquin River Map
    • Attachment 2, Notice of Decision
    • Attachment 3, Certificate of Fee Exemption
    • Attachment 4, CVWB Resolution R5-2004-0108
    • Attachment 5, CEQA Environmental Checklist

Final Basin Plan Amendment

  • Final Basin Plan Amendment Staff Report Incorporating Late Revisions
    This staff report, dated 10 September 2004, incorporates late revisions adopted by the Regional Board at 10 September 2004 meeting.
  • Appendix 1: Technical TMDL Report for Salt and Boron in the Lower San Joaquin River
    Contains information on: salt and boron impairment in the San Joaquin River, numeric targets for salt and boron, an analysis of sources of salt and boron loading to the San Joaquin River, a description of methods for estimating assimilative capacity in the San Joaquin River and a description of the proposed load allocations and waste load allocations.
    • Appendixes A and B: Methods and Data Sources and Geographic Information System Metadata
    • Appendix C: Estimates of Municipal and Industrial Salt Loads
    • Appendixes D and E: Background Salt and Boron Loading and Alternate Methods for Calculating Salt Loading from the Northwest Side of the Lower San Joaquin River
    • Appendixes F and G: DWRSIM Flow Data from CALFED Study 771 Used to Develop Load Allocations and Linkage Analysis Flows, Salt Loads, Electrical Conductivity and Boron Concentrations (both consist primarily of data)
  • Appendix 2, 3, and 4: Methods for Reducing Salt and Boron Concentrations in the Lower San Joaquin River, Analysis of Control Option Consistence with Applicable Laws and Policies, and Economic Analysis
  • Appendix 5: Technical Evaluation of Alternatives
  • Appendix 6: Peer Review Comments and Responses
  • Appendix 7: Recommended Format for Comment Letters
  • Appendix 8: Proposed San Joaquin Subarea Descriptions (Appendix 41 of Basin Plan)
  • Draft Resolution to Adopt the Basin Plan Amendment
  • Late Revisions to the Draft Final Basin Plan Amendment Staff Report
  • Response to comments on the July 2004 Draft Final Basin Plan Amendment Staff Report
  • Notice of Public Hearing
    To consider adoption of amendments to the Water Quality Control Plan for the Sacramento and San Joaquin River basins (Basin Plan) and draft "functionally equivalent" environmental documents prepared pursuant to Public Resources Code section 21080.5 and Title 23 California Code of Regulations sections 3775-3782 addressing salt and boron impairment in the Lower San Joaquin River.

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