On March 12, 2014 the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board adopted a new Waste Discharge Requirements General Order for growers within the Sacramento River Watershed that are members of a third party group. This includes members of the Dixon/Solano RCD Water Quality Coalition.
The Regional Board is currently sending letters to landowners of parcels that do not have regulatory coverage and that they believe should. If you receive a letter from the Regional Board Please Read the Information Sheet and contact Dixon/Solano Coalition staff (707) 678-1655 x102 or x103 as soon as possible.
CURRENT MEMBERS will be receiving information packets that describe the new requirements to maintain membership as well as Notices of Confirmation to confirm their intent to comply with the new requirements and to continue enrollment in the Dixon/Solano Coalition. Below is our summary of the key elements to the new program that will have the most impact on individual members and the Dixon/Solano Coalition Program as a whole.
New Requirements for Individual Members (more detail)
FARM EVALUATION FILLABLE PDF VERSION
Farm Evaluations (FINAL APPROVED TEMPLATE)
NITROGEN MANAGEMENT PLAN FILLABLE PDF VERSION
Nitrogen Management Plans (FINAL APPROVED TEMPLATE)
CHANGE IN MEMBERSHIP RECORDS FORM FILLABLE PDF VERSION
(You must first DOWNLOAD the files in order for them to be fillable)
NITROGEN MANAGEMENT PLAN SELF-CERTIFICATION CURRICULUM
Sediment & Erosion Control Plans-more detail
Dixon/Solano Coalition will again hold WORKSHOPS and OFFICE HOURS APPOINTMENTS January through February 2016 to assist our members with how to complete their farm reporting.
Expansion to Groundwater Quality
Our Regional Coalition (SVWQC) is developing a Groundwater Quality Assessment Report (GAR) for the Sac Valley that will determine local areas that are vulnerable to groundwater issues (focused on nitrates & salinity). There will be additional reporting requirements for members within those areas.
New Requirements for Local Coalitions (more detail)
Local Coalitions within the Sacramento Region will be tasked with complex farm level data collection, management and reporting tasks. We are in the process of preparing for these tasks and it is important for members to be aware of the change in workload for the Coalition.
IT IS CRITICAL THAT MEMBERS UNDERSTAND THE CHANGES THAT ARE COMING BECAUSE CHOOSING TO CONTINUE TO COMPLY UNDER THE GROUP OPTION (INSTEAD OF GETTING YOUR OWN PERMIT WITH REGIONAL BOARD), MEANS YOU ARE AGREEING TO THESE NEW REQUIREMENTS. AS ALWAYS PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT US WITH ANY QUESTIONS
~ Kelly (707) 678-1655 ext 102