Sediment and Erosion Control Plans

Members who have properties with the potential for soil erosion and sediment discharges into waterways are required by the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board (Regional Board) under the Waste Discharge Requirements (WDR ) for the San Joaquin County and Delta Water Quality Coalition (Coalition) to complete a Sediment and Erosion Control Plan(SECP). This plan must be prepared and certified by a professional and kept on the farm, the plans are NOT submitted to the Coalition. The SECP template was developed through a cooperative effort of the 12 water quality coalitions in the Central Valley and approved by the Regional Water Board on December 2, 2015.

The deadline to have a completed, certified SECP on-site is February 08, 2016.

The Coalition realizes the tight time frame to get the plans certified.  We encourage growers to fill out the form to the best of there ability and have it on file by February 8, 2016 and work to get it certified. 

Information on how to certify your plan

Sediment and Erosion Control Plan Template

If you received the Sediment and Erosion Control Plan Survey due to No Farm Evaluation Survey or Question 3 of Part A of the Farm Evaluation Plan Survey was not answered CLICK HERE.

If you believe Question 3 on Part A of the Farm Evaluation Survey was recorded incorrectly please CLICK HERE and fill out the form.

IF THE PARCEL WAS DETERMINED BY THE REVISED UNIVERSAL SOIL LOSS EQUATION YOU WILL NEED TO DO A SECP.  CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ON HOW TO COMPLETE AND CERTIFY THE SECP.  CHANGING QUESTION 3 WILL NOT NEGATE THIS REQUIREMENT FOR SUCH PARCELS. 

Reasons for receiving SECP

The Coalition submitted the Sediment Discharge and Erosion Assessment Report (SDEAR) to determine which irrigated agricultural areas within the Coalition’s area are subject to erosion and may discharge sediments that may degrade surface waters. The SDEAR identified parcels using a modeling approach that relies on slope and rainfall information and information submitted by growers on their Farm Evaluation Plan Surveys. The SDEAR was approved on July 25, 2015.  The determination of which parcels require a SECP was made by one of the following reasons:

  1. When the Coalition analyzed the Coalition’s area with the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation, your parcel or parcels were determined to have erosion potential. This model uses four factors, rainfall erosivity, soil erodibility, slope length, and slope to determine erosion potential. High Erosion Potential parcels are any parcels with a loss of soil greater than 5 tons per acre per year as determined by this model. If any portion of a parcel has such a loss, the whole parcel requires a SECP.
  2. Or you answered “Yes” to question A3 on the Farm Evaluation Plan Survey (FE) you completed last January which stated, “Does your farm have the potential to discharge sediment to off-farm surface waters?”.
  3. Or you did not answer question A3 on the Farm Evaluation Plan Survey (FE).
  4. Or the Coalition does not have a Farm Evaluation Plan Survey (FE) from your operation due to it not being turned in or you are a new member. If you did not fill out a Farm Evaluation Survey Plan (FE), please fill one out and return it to the Coalition.  If you do not have the FE please contact the coalition at info@sjdeltawatershed.org