Thursday, May 18, 2006

More on Threatened Elk River Old Growth

"We still dont know what parts of these 3 (residual Old Growth) elk plans are still standing." -anonymous regarding the logging plans Turkey Foot #1-00-259, Turkeyback Thin#1-01-004, Below15 Thin #1-03-005

"Grandfathering" of Logging Plans
The term "Grandfathering is at this point vague. It might mean that a plan was approved under the older waste discharge permits but not fully logged and now PL may be able go ahead and cut it without further approval from the Dept.of Water Quality.

More Proposed Old Growth Logging in Elk River
There are three residual Old Growth Redwood logging plans that have not yet been approved but that PL seems to frothing at the mouth over, these are Second Serving #1-05-079, Magnum Opus #1-05-131 and John Doe # 1-05-161.

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Here is some of the language from the Watershed Wide Waste Discharge Requirements regarding "Grandfathering".

F. Grandfathering

1. During the development of these watershed-wide WDRs, and in the absence of
watershed-wide WDRs, certain THPs were granted coverage under the General Timber
WDRs (GWDRs). Those enrollments were vacated by the State Water Board on June 16, 2005 (SWRCB/OCC FILES A-1683 AND A-1692). To continue operation on those THPs, the Discharger must now enroll those THPs into these watershed-wide WDRs, and all previously harvested acreage will be counted towards the annual receiving water limitations set out in provisions IV (A), (B), and (C) above. No new application fee will be required.



2. Except for the THPs set out in (1) above, previously enrolled THPs that have not yet
been fully cut as of the date of the adoption of this Order, and were previously enrolled
in either the old watershed WDRs (Order No. R1 2003-0118) or the GWDRs (Order
No. R1-2004-0030) shall be automatically grandfathered into these watershed-wide WDRs. No new application fee will be required. Any remaining cut on these THPs will be counted against the annual receiving water limitations set out in provisions IV (A), (B), and (C) above.

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