AG ORDER 4.0 APPROVED
On April 15, 2021, the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board (CCRWQCB) finalized and approved Ag Order 4.0. Local growers will soon feel the impact with significant reporting requirements and vegetable growers, in particular, will be severely impacted. Read the press release from CCRWQCB.
CCRWQCB, April 16, 2021: Press Release
CCOF, April 26, 2021: https://www.ccof.org/blog/central-coast-water-board-adopts-new-ag-order
University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources, May 12, 2021: https://ucanr.edu/blogs/SalinasValleyAgriculture/
California Strawberry Commission, May 12, 2021: https://www.calstrawberry.com/en-us/Soil-Water-Nutrients/Soil-Water-Nutrients-News/News-Details/region-3-water-quality-control-board-ag-order-40-update---april-2021
California Farm Bureau Ag Alert, May 26, 2021: https://www.agalert.com/story/?id=15030
PUBLIC COMMENT ON AG ORDER 4.0
Comments Due on February 25, 2021
The public review period for the Revised Draft Agricultural Order 4.0 is from January 26, 2021 through February 25, 2021. Written comments must be received by 11:59pm on February 25, 2021 and may be submitted via email to AgNOI@waterboards.ca.gov with “Comments on Revised Draft Ag Order 4.0” in the subject line. Read Notice.
Revisions Made to Revised Draft of Ag Order 4.0
Addition of discount factor for organic fertilizers
Addition of nitrogen scavenging credit for cover crops and high carbon amendments
Addition of third-party cooperative alternative compliance pathway for groundwater protection and trend monitoring
Addition of third-party program priority areas and follow-up implementation work plan due dates for surface water protection
Streamlined total nitrogen applied (TNA) and irrigation and nutrient management plan (INMP) summary reporting section
Streamlined surface water protection requirements section
Removal of slope and certified sediment and erosion control plan requirements for impermeable surfaces
Removal of riparian area management requirements (i.e., riparian area management plan, and operational and riparian setbacks), but with continued and modified requirements to document and maintain existing riparian areas.
SSJ GSA Comment Letters
READ AG ORDER 4.0
Electronic copies of the Draft EIR and revised Draft Agricultural Order 4.0 can be obtained from the Central Coast Water Board website at:
RESOURCES AND SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS
The proposed project (Draft Agricultural Order 4.0) is the issuance of a permit regulating waste discharges from irrigated lands throughout the central coastal region. The purpose of Agricultural Order 4.0 is to protect and restore beneficial uses and achieve water quality objectives specified in the Basin Plan for commercial irrigated agricultural areas in the central coast region. The proposed project would replace the existing permit regulating agricultural discharges (Agricultural Order 3.0). The Draft EIR identified potentially significant environmental impacts to agricultural resources.