• California Court of Appeals Dismisses Petitioner’s Challenge to RWQCB’s California Court of Appeals Dismisses Petitioner’s Challenge to RWQCB’s TMDL Standards
  • May 21, 2015 | Author: Hubert T. Lee
  • Law Firm: Morris Polich & Purdy LLP - Los Angeles Office
  • On March 30, 2015, the Second District Court of Appeal in Conway v. State Water Resources Control Board rejected claims that the Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) impermissibly established Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for McGrath Lake when it set TMDLs in terms of pollutant concentration found in lake bed sediment. The court also rejected challenges to the board’s compliance with California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) in establishing TMDLs. The Clean Water Act requires all states to identify polluted water bodies within their jurisdictions. For such water bodies the state must set "total maximum daily load[s]," a maximum amount of pollutants (or load) that a water body can receive from point and/or nonpoint sources.