On Thursday, May 24, the US Forest Service held a Water Quality Review Panel meeting at the Yurok Tribal Headquarters in Klamath, CA. For over three years I have been representing state-wide OHV interests while the Forest Service has been updating their Water Quality Management Handbook. Other attendees included representatives of three Tribes (Yurok, Karuk, and Quartz Valley), Environmental Protection Information Center, Klamath Forest Alliance, Forest Service (Region 5 and Six Rivers NF) and State and Regional Water Board representatives.
In 2004, the State of California released a policy on waste discharge dealing with non-point source discharge pollution sources. This policy requires the Forest Service to review their water quality management practices and comply with federal Clean Water Act and the state Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act mandates to reduce potential adverse impacts to water quality.