NEW WATER QUALITY REGULATIONS

Public Commentary Invited at
Water Quality Meeting 

There will be a set of new water quality regulations imposed on Sacramento Valley irrigated agriculture and managed wetland owners as soon as April 2014! This is due to adoption of a waste discharge requirements General Order for the Long-Term Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program (ILRP).

An upcoming public workshop, held by the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board (CVRWQCB), will summarize the proposed new regulations based on those in the Sacramento Valley and provide an opportunity for interested persons who already signed up by October 11 to provide commentary.

The primary duty of the CVRWQCB is to protect the quality of the waters within the Region for all beneficial uses. This duty is implemented by formulating and adopting water quality plans for specific ground or surface water basins and by prescribing and enforcing requirements on all agricultural, domestic and industrial waste discharges.

The new regulations could increase each farmer’s costs; require them to prepare, maintain and submit an on-site farm evaluation report and nutrient management plan and summary; implement a sediment and erosion control plan; participate in grower outreach events; cooperate in requested assistance for groundwater quality monitoring; and implement management practices protective of surface or groundwater.

Revised meeting location:
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2013, 10:00 A.M.
Colusa Indian Community Council
Community Center
3730 HWY 45, Colusa, CA

Sources: Glenn County Resource Conservation District, Calif. EPA CV Regional Water Quality Board.


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