San Joaquin Resource Conservation District
3422 West Hammer Lane Suite A Stockton, CA 95219 (209) 472-7127 Ext. 125
For Immediate Release May 1, 2014
New Irrigated Lands Program Billing in the Mail
(Stockton) – Agricultural landowners and operators will notice significantly higher membership fees to be a part of the local watershed group for compliance with state laws governing irrigated agriculture. The new membership statements should arrive in the mail within the next week to ten days.
“Fees will double to $5.50/acre due to the new regulations,” said San Joaquin County and Delta Water Quality Coalition (Coalition) Finance Director John Brodie. “Increased fees we must pay to the state plus even more paperwork, more water quality sampling and reporting, more grower outreach, and the addition of groundwater doubled the cost right out of the gate. Unfortunately, we anticipate fees will increase as the program moves forward under the current regulatory structure.”
Membership statements will be sent by the San Joaquin County Resource Conservation District (RCD), which has operated Coalition since 2004. “Farmers must comply with state water law. Membership in the Coalition is one compliance option. The other is to deal directly with Regional Board staff. We continue to try and make sure the Coalition is the least expensive and least burdensome compliance option for growers,” said Jack Hamm, RCD Board President.
The new regulation covers both surface water and groundwater. “Those growers who were able to opt out because they farm on sandy soils and did not drain to surface water must now comply,” said Coalition Compliance and Outreach Coordinator Mike Wackman. “If you irrigate, you must either join a third party like the Coalition or obtain an individual waste discharge permit.”
Current coalition members have until 6/14/14 to complete and submit membership paperwork. Those who were not previously members have until 10/24/14 to join the Coalition. After those dates, landowners/farm operators must apply to the Regional Board before contacting the Coalition. Those with membership questions can call 209-472-7127 extension 118 for more information.
For more information on this news release, contact Mike Wackman 916-716-1358 or
John Brodie 209-327-2823
Press Release Contact: Mike Wackman
For Immediate Release
Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board to hold a Board meeting on proposed regulations for water discharges from agriculture
The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board will be holding a Board workshop on new regulations that are being considered for agriculture. Hundreds of farmers are expected to attend Thursday’s meeting in Stockton. These proposed new regulations may require farmers to submit yearly farm management plans, nitrogen management plans and sediment and erosion control plans as well as implement management practices to protect surface and groundwater water quality.
The meeting will include water board staff recommendations, a grower panel, a San Joaquin County and Delta Water Quality Coalition staff presentation of their concerns about the proposed regulations, and public comments from farmers.
The new proposed regulations will affect irrigated agriculture in San Joaquin County, the Delta portion of Contra Costa County and parts of Calaveras County.
The meeting will be held at 9:00 am Thursday October 3, 2013 at the Robert J. Cabral Agricultural Center, 2101 E. Earhart Avenue, Stockton, CA 95206.
An agenda for the meeting is located on the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Boards website at http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/centralvalley/. For more information about the Coalition and the proposed regulations visit our website at www.sjdeltawatershed.org or contact at email@example.com or by phone at 209-472-7127 ext 118.