Dixon/Solano Ag Water Quality Coalition Advisory Members & Interested Individuals:
The Central Valley Regional Board plans to release the Administrative DRAFT of the Sacramento Valley Order in early September and plans to adopt the final Order in March 2014. This order will dictate the new requirements for our Coalition and individual members of our Coalition. The next couple of months will be a critical time to engage on the policy end and to communicate with our members. We anticipate the need to get the water quality advisory committee together sometime in late September or early October to discuss the Administrative DRAFT. See timeline below and let us know if you have any questions etc. We will review the DRAFT order as soon as it is released and provide a summary to you of what we think will be the most critical portions.
Critical Dates for Dixon/Solano Coalition Members -
Early September - October 29th - Review Administrative DRAFT of Sac Valley Order and provide comment etc.
October 30th - Participate in Regional Board public hearing in Colusa
March 11-12, 2014 ADOPTION OF SAC VALLEY ORDER
June- Aug 2014 Current coalition members submit notice of confirmation that they will continue and new members join
Summer - Fall 2014 Review farm reporting templates (see discussion below for templates developed for Eastern San Joaquin)
March 2015 - 1st Farm Evaluations/Nitrogen Management Plans will be DUE - (nitrogen plan due dates may be delayed)
Other Orders & Their Timelines - All of these will be very similar (all drafts are currently available on Central Valley Regional Board website)
Eastern San Joaquin Valley Order - Adopted December 2012
San Joaquin/Delta Order -Administrative DRAFT is out now -comments due September 13
Rice Growers within the Sac Valley Order - Administrative DRAFT is out now - comments due September 13
Western Tulare Lake Basin - Comments on Admin Draft were due July 15th, Tentative Order is under development
Western San Joaquin River - Comments on Admin Draft were due July 15th, Tentative Order is under development
Sac Valley Order - Admin Draft due out in early September with comments due by October 30th (also the date of public hearing in Colusa), This will be followed by a Tentative Order, which will also have a comment period before the Final Order is adopted in March 2014.
Farm Reporting Templates
The Eastern San Joaquin Valley Coalition developed DRAFT templates for farm evaluations, nitrogen management plans and sediment & erosion control plans which are required under their new order. The templates and comments on the templates can be viewed at http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/centralvalley/water_issues/irrigated_lands/forms/. The Regional Board staff is likely to add to and change these before the final versions are adopted. We are figuring that the final versions will not be any less cumbersome. Once the Sac Valley Order is adopted (March 2014), the Sac Valley Coalition will be tasked with developing similar templates and those will also go out for public comment. We anticipate that they will look a lot like the final version of the Eastern San Joaquin templates, so any feedback on those and how to make them better or alternatives would be welcome at any time.
John Currey Kelly Huff
District Manager Project Manager
Dixon Resource Conservation District
1170 N. Lincoln St., Ste 110
Dixon CA 95620 (707) 678-1655 ext. 311 (voicemail) (707) 678-5001 (fax)