Lahontan cancels fourth straight meeting |

Lahontan cancels fourth straight meeting

The Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board has been forced to cancel its regularly scheduled April meeting. The board is supposed to meet once a month, but all the meetings in 1999 so far have been canceled because the board has no quorum.

Lahontan, one of nine regional agencies comprising the California Water Quality Control Board, has not had a quorum since Gov. Gray Davis in January issued a blanket revocation of pending appointments made by former Gov. Pete Wilson.

The nine-member board currently has only four occupied seats. It needs at least five to conduct a meeting.

Harold Singer, executive director of Lahontan, said the lack of meetings has not caused significant problems for the agency.

Lahontan’s jurisdiction stretches 570 miles from the Oregon border to the northern Mojave Desert, covering 33,000 square miles. The board is responsible for protecting water quality within its region.

The next meeting, assuming there is a quorum in time, is scheduled for May 12 and 13 in Kings Beach.

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