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NRC Report - August 2010

NRC Report - August 2010

A developing issue involves the fatal crash at the California 200 off-road race in Johnson Valley OHV Area.  While the event was a commercial/competition event, it was a permitted event.  Early word from BLM indicates there is significant pressure from Washington to closely review future permitted events.  BLM has begun a review of event permit criteria with an eye towards safety.  The environmental community has stepped up lobbying efforts to halt future permitted events.

Early indications lean toward more stringent participant and spectator safety requirements.  And, indications are  insurance will surface as a major issue.

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NRC Report - July 2010

NRC Report - July 2010

There is breaking news and concern with travel management.  On Aug 4, USFS Region 5 held a selected invite Focus Group on the Travel Management Rule, Subpart A - Administration of the Forest Transportation System at the Center for Collaborative Policy in Sacramento.
Two key paragraphs from the invitation announcement (and organizations confirmed for the Focus Group) are quoted below:

Nothing in print will be provided prior to the meeting as the Forest Service does not want preliminary draft materials being widely distributed as this could generate unnecessary concern/feedback prior to the “official” roll-out, which will not commence until sometime after this initial focus group. However, a brief presentation will be given by Forest Service staff to provide an overview of the proposed process and key messages relative to Subpart A. Focus Group discussion will focus on a few key issues/topics generated by the material shared in the presentation. We will allow time for each and every participant to state their reaction to the materials and provide their suggestions for how to undertake the overall planning process.

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NRC Report - June 2010

NRC Report - June 2010

A continuing subject is the U.S. Forest Service Water Quality Management Plan involving the federal Clean Water Act and the state Porter-Cologne Act.  Both pieces of legislation govern govern how the quality of water will be ensured within the State of California.

Basically, the Clean Water Act (CWA) applies to “waters of the United States” and prohibits illegal discharge from a “point source” that could affect water quality.  The phrase “waters of the United States” includes surface water (not ground water) and traditionally navigable waters.  The phrase “waters of the United States” does not include isolated wetlands or water bodies that lead nowhere.

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NRC Report - May 2010

NRC Report - May 2010

On May 18, a continuing meeting of the U.S. Forest Service was held on the subject of Water Quality Management Plan.  This meeting featured a brief on the federal Clean Water Act and the state Porter-Cologne Act.  Both pieces of legislation govern have the quality of water will be ensured within the State of California.

Basically, the Clean Water Act (CWA) applies to “waters of the United States” and prohibits illegal discharge from a “point source” that could affect water quality.  The phrase “waters of the United States” includes surface water (not ground water) and traditionally navigable waters.  The phrase “waters of the United States” does not include isolated wetlands or water bodies that lead nowhere.

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NRC Report - April 30, 2010

NRC Report - April 30, 2010

Insurance issues have been noted with clubs obtaining insurance under the umbrella CA4WDC policy for their events.  Below are three critical points that apply:

A Certificate of Liability Insurance serves as a receipt and nothing more.
The U.S. Government being identified as additionally insured on the certificate of insurance is not acceptable; it must be identified on an endorsement.
The name of the Insured on the Certificate of Insurance must be the same name as the Holder on the Special Use Permit. If the names are not the same, then the Holder must be identified as additionally insured on an endorsement.

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NRC Report - March 2010

NRC Report - March 2010

USFS Region 5 is developing a Water Quality Management Plan in conjunction with the California State Water Board which consists of 11 Regional Water Quality Boards.

The plan will be a “Waiver of Waste Discharge Requirements For Non-point Source Discharges Related to Certain Federal Land Management Activities On Forest Service Lands in the State of California”.

The USFS manages lands for multiple uses, which include grazing, forestry, recreation, vegetation manipulation, and restoration. Activities associated with these uses may generate sediment, affect shade canopy, or influence other water quality parameters of waters of the state.  This Waiver of Waste Discharge Requirements For Non-point Source Discharges Related to Certain Federal Land Management Activities On Forest Service Lands in the State of California is the management tool to be used by the Forest Service to manage, monitor and mitigate potential water quality issues.

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