Water Quality Coalition
Dixon/Solano Management Plans Updated 05/07/2021
All Management Plans Submittals are posted by the Regional Board. https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/centralvalley/water_issues/irrigated_lands/water_quality/coalitions_submittals/sacramento_valley/
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Representative Surface Water Monitoring Sites within the Dixon/Solano Water Quality Coalition are sampled according to annual monitoring plans approved by the Regional Board. If the same standard is exceeded more than once in a three year period at the same site, a Management Plan is triggered.
In August 2020, there was an exceedance at the Shag/Liberty Slough. Although this exceedance has not triggered a management plan, we need to be mindful of our pesticide usage. If there are two more exceedances over the next two years, it will trigger a management plan for us.
MANAGEMENT PLANS IN PROGRESS
* Sediment (Hyalella) Toxicity & Associated Pyrethroid Products in Sediments (Ulatis) - This site had sediment toxicity exceedances in April 2018 & April 2019 and related levels of pyrethroid pesticides in the sediments. Growers represented by the Ulatis Creek site are exploring and implementing management practices to address the exceedances and to better understand the sources. Informational Materials for Growers
There were zero exceedances in 2020 at the Ulatis Creek monitoring site. On April 21, 2022, there was a sediment toxicity exceedance at Ulatis Creek. Although in the past there was enough information to determine the likely cause of the sediment toxicity exceedances to be caused by pyrethroid pesticides. This time it is more difficult to pinpoint the cause of the exceedance. This exceedance will extend the current management plan 3 additional years.
On June 23, 2021, there was a pesticide exceedance observed at the Ulatis Creek at Brown Road monitoring site. The chemical detected was a pyrethroid called lambda-cyhalothrin and the water column toxicity testing showed a 0% survival of the Hyalella organisms. A notice of the exceedance with a BMPs - best management practices - reminder has been sent to Grower's, PCAs and Commercial Applicators. On October 19, 2021, a meeting was held for all related pyrethroid users and PCAs in the area.
It is extremely important to use caution when applying these chemicals so that we protect surface water quality. Good news, June 2022, we did not have a water column exceedance at Ulatis Creek. For BMPs, click here.
*Salinity (electrical conductivity, pH), Ecoli, Dissolved Oxygen (There continues to be frequent exceedances for these parameters at all of our sites) - Regional Board put requirements on hold for these Management Plans across the Central Valley as we work to better understand their connection to irrigated agricultural operations.
COMPLETED MANAGEMENT PLANS
*Nitrate Nitrite as N (Ulatis Creek) - The Regional Board deemed this management plan complete, due to the source evaluation determining the exceedances were from urban sources. Ulatis Creek had Nitrate exceedances at Ulatis Creek on January 18, 2011, December 7, 2011, February 21, 2012, and November 13, 2012. Regional Board deemed this management plan complete in March 2012.
*Malathion Detections (in 2007 only) - Since we have not had any detections since 2007, Regional Board deemed this management plan complete in May 2013.
*Diuron & Associated Algae (Selenastrum) Toxicity (Ulatis Creek) - PRODUCT LIST After intensive outreach in 2010, Ulatis Creek did not have an exceedance during 2010-2011 storm season, for the first time in 6 years. There was one exceedance January 23, 2012. The Coalition conducted a second round of outreach in the fall of 2012 and there were no exceedances during the 2012/2013 storm season. Diuron use in Solano County has decreased substantially over the last five years. Regional Board deemed these management plans complete in July 2016.
*Sediment (Hyalella) Toxicity & Associated Pyrethroid Products in Sediments (Z-Drain) - See PRODUCT LIST. This site had repeated sediment toxicity exceedances and related levels of pyrethroid pesticides in the sediments from 2005-2012. Growers in the Z-Drain watershed spent considerable resources exploring and implementing management practices to address the exceedances and to better understand the sources. Regional Board deemed this management plan complete in August 2017.
*Chlorpyrifos (Shag Slough & Ulatis Creek) - See PRODUCT LIST Ulatis Creek had exceedances for Chlorpyrifos on May 17, 2011, September 20, 2011, March 14, 2012, May 15, 2012 and May 19, 2015. Intensive outreach was conducted in 2011 and 2012 prior to the spring use seasons with reminders sent to alfalfa, grape and walnut growers prior to the spring season. Chlorpyrifos users, potential users and their pest control advisers received updates after the May 2015 exceedance. In July 2015 Chlorpyrifos became a restricted use material. Based on no exceedances since May 2015, Regional Board deemed this management plan complete in April 2019.
* Algae Toxicity - Selenastrum (Ulatis Creek) Under a related program's monitoring (Delta Regional Monitoring Program) unexplained (no accompanying high levels of herbicides) algal toxicity results were observed at Ulatis Creek in September 2015, February 2016, November 2016. After review of all data, the toxicity exceedances do not appear to be linked with agricultural activities, however the Regional Board still required a management plan. Dixon/Solano RCD WQ Coalition has added additional monitoring protocols that would be triggered if another algae toxicity is observed at this site, to help identify potential sources. No additional exceedances were observed through May 2021.
On November 22, 2021, we submitted a request to the Regional Board to have the management plan deemed complete. The management plan for Algae Toxicity (Selenastrum) at Ulatis Creek was determined complete by the Regional Board on January 14, 2022.