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Based on the Prosecution Team’s recommendation,
I have reviewed the comments received during the public comment period for this order and the Prosecution Team’s response to those comments, and I find that most comments did not specifically address the recommended action. For those comments that specifically addressed the recommended action, I find the Prosecution Team’s response appropriate and the recommended action consistent with the Water Board’s orders assessing penalties for other publicly-owned treatment works in recent years. However, based on all comments, it is clear there are significant local concerns with the City’s discharge, and the Water Board’s NPDES Division should closely track the City’s performance to ensure the City remains in compliance with its permit.
Bruce H. Wolfe, Executive Officer
SF Bay Regional Water Board
1515 Clay St., Suite 1400
Oakland, CA 94612-1482
The San Francisco Water Board Prosecution Teamissued on March 15, 2013, a Conditional Offer to City of Calistoga to settle four antimony discharge violations from the Dunaweal Wastewater Treatment Plant located at 1100 Dunaweal Lane, Calistoga, Napa County. The settlement offer involved $6,000 in statutory mandated minimum penalties. The City accepted the offer and on March 25, 2013, the Prosecution Team publically noticed this matter. During the public comment period open until April 25, 2013, the Prosecution Team received the following 14 comment letters. Prosecution Team is considering the comments and will post future updates on this matter here.
PULL YOUR HEAD OUT AND READ THIS!
I received this e-mail and several others, regarding a significant report from The measure "A" Financial Oversight Committe
Measure A Financial Oversight says Calistoga misappropriated $525,000
Wed, May 1 - Measure A Financial Oversight Committee agrees with Grand Jury and supports conclusion of Ad Hoc Committee - 5-4
Calistoga's use of $525,000 for legal fees to fight compliance with State law was "inappropriate".
This is felony misappropriation of special taxpayer monies - what will DA Lieberstein do now? (nothing)
This is a revolutionary report - it refutes County Counsel and Board of Supes official opinions that the Grand Jury was simply wrong.
Please spread the word. No media present at meeting.
FOC adhoc committee on Project 7 Kimball Dam. ...PDF FILE
Thanks for being a community voice!
Dan - you can use all of my message.
Here is official version extracted from the report itself:
At its 1 May 2013 meeting, the Financial Oversight Committee of the Napa County Flood Protection and Watershed Improvement Authority made the following official finding for the public:
The Financial Oversight Committee finds that reimbursement by the Flood Authority of approximately $525,000 for legal costs of the City of Calistoga in its defense against a valid public-trust cause-of-action intended to enforce wildlife protection law and allow restoration of the fish population downstream from Kimball Dam was inconsistent with the purpose and intent of the Measure A Ordinance
Ad hoc committee chair: Genji Schmeder of Napa
Calistoga rep to FOC: Tina Aranguren (voted to support report)
The deep issue here is: Measure A was a taxpayer initiative - the funds are special taxpayer monies that carry special responsibilities to safeguard.
I would like to save the bay and I wonder if you know that our waste-water is the most toxic of any city that impairs the Bay.
please note some facts I have enclosed that you need to know.
This town continually impairs the river with antimony from the geothermal comments of our waste water and also from direct illegal outfalls as recycled spray fields, effluent releases, illegal outfalls, spray fields operating in the rain, recycle water pond percolatin.
I and many other citizens have had no help from Napa Sierra Club, Friends of the River, Living Rivers, Fish and Game, Napa County Health and the Green Alliance from San Francisco.
I have had help from John Madigan, SF Water Boards , the last two years he has ordered EPA Inspections and The City of Calistoga has two Civil Liabilities Complaints.
I would like your help at any capacity that you may offer, please advise me and feel free to contact me by cell if you wish.
Together we may strive to improve both the Napa River and the San Francisco Bay...
CALIFORNIA REGIONAL WATER QUALITY CONTROL BOARD SAN FRANCISCO BAY REGION
CEASE AND DESIST ORDER NO. R2-2010-0107
REQUIRING THE CITY
OF CALISTOGA TO
CEASE AND DESIST DISCHARGING PARTMLLY-TREATED WASTEWATER TO WATERS OF THE STATE ...more
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a town built on "The Waters" and "Health".
A town that has somehow lost it's way.
A town with its members concerned about:
The town's health, their health, their children's health, their rivers health.
Radio Calistoga will present an in depth series.
"THE IGNORED TROUBLED WATERS OF CALISTOGA"
Part 1 Recycled Water and Mud Dumping
Part 2 City allowing Hot Boron Water to flow into the Napa River
We invite all members of our community to participate and comment on this thought provoking and important series.
Check back often. More will be added soon.
Glen Sanders (from Cadillac Desert)
"Show Poise! Not Noise! Be Courteous, Come Again Soon!!!"
The Duly Appointed, Calistoga Justice of the Peace, Don Scott, Approves of this message