SJR+TMDL+Brief

SJR+TMDL+Brief - EDMUND G. BROWN JR., Attorney General of...

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 ) 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 ^ILFn^ EDMUND G. BROWN JR., Attorney General t N [)(JP~Q C r\ of the State of California _ w L - u MARY HACKENBRACHT Senior Assistant Attorney General TERIH.ASHBY (#114624) RUSSELL B. HILDRETH (#166167) Deputy Attorneys General 1300 I Street, Suite 1101 Post Office Box 944255 Sacramento, California 94244-2550 Telephone: 916-327-7853 Facsimile: 916-327-2319 Attorneys for Respondents State Water U8 Jftft | 7 py * ™ j ; 33 L *3AI. PROCESS 0^?' Sr / sr C •> Resources Control Board and Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Region i THE SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF SACRAMENTO SAN JOAQUIN RIVER EXCHANGE CONTRACTORS WATER AUTHORITY, Petitioner, V. STATE WATER RESOURCES CONTROL BOARD and REGIONAL WATER QUALITY CONTROL BOARD (CENTRAL VALLEY REGION), Respondents. AND CONSOLIDATED ACTIONS Case Nos.: 06CS01243, 06CS01244, 06CS01310, Consolidated OPPOSITION BRIEF Date: March 14, 2008 Time: 1:30 p.m. Dept.: 33, Judge Connelly Petitions Filed: August 30, 2006 , OPPOSITION BRIEF
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1 TABLE OF CONTENTS 2 PAGE(S) 3 I. INTRODUCTION 1 4 II. LEGAL BACKGROUND 2 5 A. The Federal Clean Water Act 2 6 B. California's Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act 3 7 C. The TMDL Program 4 8 III. FACTUAL BACKGROUND 6 9 A. The San Joaquin River 6 10 B. The San Joaquin River's Salt/Boron Problem 8 11 C. Dissolved Oxygen (DO) Problem 10 12 D. The Salt Boron TMDL 13 13 E. The Dissolved Oxygen TMDL 13 14 F. Relevant Factors Occurring Post Basin Plan Amendment Related to DO 15 15 III. PROCEDURAL BACKGROUND 16 16 A. Salt/Boron 16 17 B. Dissolved Oxygen 17 18 C. OAL And USEPA Approval 19 19 IV. STANDARD OF REVIEW 19 20 A. Quasi-Legislative Actions Are Subject To Deferential Review 19 21 B. CEQA Review Is for Abuse of Discretion 20 22 V. ARGUMENT 21 23 A. The Water Boards Complied with CEQA 21 24 1. Salt Boron TMDL 24 25 2. Dissolved Oxygen 28 26 B. The Regional Board Complied with the Requirements of Public 27 Resources Code Section 21159 32 28 OPPOSITION BRIEF 1
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1 TABLE OF CONTENTS (Cont'd.) 2 PAGE(S) 3 C. There Is No Conflict Between the DO and Salt Boron TMDLs 33 4 D. The Vernalis Salinity Objective Applies to the Lower San Joaquin River, and May Not Be Met in Dry Weather Years Without Further 5 Reductions in Salt Loading to the San Joaquin River 36 6 E. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Is Not the Sole Cause of Salt Impairment 39 7 F. There Was No Taking or State Mandated Cost 40 8 G. Petitioners' Other Arguments Also Fail 44 9 1. Due Process 44 10 2. CAL-SIM II 44 11 3. Daily vs. Monthly Mean 44 12 VI. CONCLUSION 45 13 " 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 OPPOSITION BRIEF ii
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1 TABLE OF AUTHORITIES 2 PAGE(S) 3 CASES 4 Abelleira v. District Court of (1941) 17 Cal.2d 280 .".". 32 5 Arkansas v. Oklahoma 6 (1992) 503 U.S. 91 2 7 Baykeeper v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (2006) slip copy, 2006 WL 2711547, *15 11 8 Brown v. State of California 9 (1994) 21 Cal.App.4th 1500
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