Below are presentations, comments and draft versions of the General Order that occured during the development of the current General Order that was passed March 12, 2013.
Presentations from grower meetings to discuss new Waste Discharge Requirements being considered by the Regional Water Quality Control Board held August 5th - 8th, 2013
Presentation by Mike Wackman, San Joaquin County and Delta Water Quality Coalition at the grower meetings listed above
Prestentation by Regional Water Quality Control Board staff at the grower meetings listed above
Farm Evaluation Plan Template, Nitrogen Budget Template = These templates are being considered by the Regional Water Quality Control board as forms that need to be filled out by grower and turned into the Coalition each year. You can make comments to the Reigonal Wate Quality Control board on these template. Visit Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board website by clicking here.
Newly released 8/14/13 administrative draft Waste Discharge Requirement for San Joaquin County and Delta Water Quality Coalition
San Joaquin County and Delta Water Quality Coalition comments on the administrative draft
San Joaquin County and Delta Water Quality Coalition's Comments on East San Joaquin River Watershed Proposed Waste Discharge Requirement (WDR)- August 6, 2012
San Joaquin County & Delta Water Quality Coalition (Coalition) commented on the proposed order which covers Stanislaus County, and parts of Merced and Madera realizing that this order will be used as the template for SJC & DWQC's upcoming order. The Coalition along with Coalitions throughout the central valley made comments and worked with Regional Board staff to try and bring some common sense to the proposed WDR. Some concessions were made by the Regional Board, however there are still some major concerns with the East San Joaquin River Watershed WDR that was passed by the Regional Board in December of 2012. The Coalition is hopeful we can work with the Regional Board and make sure any order passed for our Coalition area has common sense solutions in it for improving water quality.
San Joaquin County and Delta Water Quality Coalition's Comments on East San Joaquin River Watershed Proposed Waste Discharge Requirement (WDR)- May 21, 2012
Presentation to Regional Board about on Concerns of San Joaquin River Watershed Proposed Waste Discharge Requirement (WDR)- June 7, 2012
Released March 4, 2011 - Long Term Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program Framework
This proposal is going before the Regional Water Quality Control Board on April 7, 2011
San Joaquin County and Delta Water Quality Coalition's Comments on LTILRP Framework
The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board has a Draft Program Environmental Impact Report for the Irrigated Land Regulatory Program. Within this document the Regional Board evaluates different alternatives for a Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program (ILRP) and make a recommendation for a new long term program to be implemented in 2011.
The current ILRP was initiated in 2003 with the adoption of Conditional Waiver of Waste Discharge Requirements for Discharges from Irrigated Lands within the Central Valley Region. A revised Conditional Waiver was adopted in July 2006, and a work group assembled to develop alternatives to the ILRP for environmental analysis.
Many interpret the word "waiver" as not having a regulatory program or not having to comply with water quality regulations, however this is incorrect. A Conditional Waiver is a regulatory document that regulates what an entity can discharge into the waterways of California. Waivers must be reviewed and adopted every 5 years.
After working with the current Irrigated Lands program over the past years, the Regional Board has determined changes need to be made in the program and the certain regulatory elements need to be added, including regulating groundwater.
Regional Board Staff Proposed New Program.
Within the Draft Environmental Impact Report, the Regional Board staff has a staff proposal which takes elements of the different alternatives and develops a new Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program. This proposal includes the continuation of the current surface water program with some changes and a groundwater regulatory requirement.
New Groundwater Program
The staff proposal includes a groundwater component where farmers must monitor the groundwater and determine if farming practices have an effect on groundwater quality. Farmers would then have to implement management practices to prevent groundwater degradation and improve groundwater quality.
Since groundwater monitoring and modeling is completely different than surface water monitoring, the San Joaquin County and Delta Water Quality Coalition has concerns about how this program will be implemented and the effect it will have on agriculture in the region.
Overview of the Proposed Regulations
Issues of Concern with the proposed program
The Draft EIR and Proposed program can be found on the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board's website by following this link LTILRP.
The Regional Board's staff proposal for a new program is actually in Appendix A - Staff Report. The main recommended program begins on page 142 of Appendix A.