Regional regulatory approaches to agricultural runoff in California
- 1 Regions with ag waivers
- 2 Characteristics of Various Regulatory Approaches
- 3 Regional Commonalities
- 4 Regional Differences
- 5 Regions
- 6 Technical Assistance
- 7 References
- 8 Links
- 9 Disclaimer
Regions with ag waivers
Characteristics of Various Regulatory Approaches
|WDRs (ag waivers)||Conditional Waivers of WDRs|
|Permit Type||Individual or General||Usually General|
|Risk of Discharges||Moderate||Low|
|Management Practices||Not Prescribed||May be Prescribed|
|Monitoring and Reporting||High||Low|
|Expiration||No - Open ended renewal depending on program effectiveness||Yes – Reviewed, revised, replaced, or reissued every 5 years|
Each of the 9 regions contain agricultural runoff issues. The goal of setting regulations to remedy agricultural runoff is common amongst the regions, although each region contains unique irrigation practices and previous regulatory actions; if any at all. These unique circumstances cause each region to form preferential regulatory approaches and lead to differences amongst the regions.
Each RWQCB is tailored to a specific region. The regulations that are established are specific to types of irrigated land and environmental concerns within a region. For example, the regulations in San Francisco will be different then the regulations in Los Angeles because the agricultural settings are different (San Francisco is currently developing a conditional waiver program for vineyard facilities). Vineyard facilities are a larger concern for agricultural runoff in San Francisco then in Los Angeles.
The 9 RWQCBs for California are:
Region 1 -- North Coast
Region 2 -- San Francisco
Region 3 -- Central coast
Region 4 -- Los Angeles
Region 5 -- Central Valley
Region 6 -- Lahontan
Region 7 -- Colorado River Region
Region 8 -- Santa Ana
Region 9 -- San Diego
The following organizations provide a wide range of information, tools and guidance to assist California growers in water management and discharge reduction:
- University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources- Free publications on agriculture, insects, soil, water, and irrigation
- Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) – A federal agency that aims to preserve and enhance natural resources
- NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program - Financial and technical assistance for Best Management Practice (BMP) implementation
- NRCS Agricultural Water Enhancement Program - Financial and technical assistance for BMP implementation for the purpose of improving water quality of surface and groundwaters.
- University of California Cooperative Extension - Local advisers and researchers provide assistance to growers and conduct education programs and research to address agriculture issues.
- California Irrigation Management Information System - weather stations across the state specifically developed to support efficient water management
- Pesticide Wise – Database provides pesticide information to growers and threats to water quality
- Water Quality Compliance Program Initial Program Framework http://www.swrcb.ca.gov/northcoast/water_issues/programs/irrigated_lands/pdf/120227/dec_14_ad_grp/4_Powerpoint_Initial_Staff-Developed_Framework.pdf
- Vineyards and Waivers http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/sanfranciscobay/water_issues/programs/TMDLs/vineyard/waiver_newsletter.pdf
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