Deadline to Enroll in San Diego Ag Order Approaches

Farmers and ranchers in the San Diego region have until August 7, 2017, to enroll in the Agricultural Order, a set of monitoring and reporting requirements that regulates pollutant discharges from agricultural lands. 
 
Each of California’s nine regional water quality control boards are at various stages of implementing an agricultural order. The San Diego Water Board adopted an Agricultural Order for the San Diego region in November 2016.
 
Growers can comply with the Agricultural Order by joining a third-party group, such as the San Diego Region Irrigated Lands Group, or apply as an individual operation. 
 
According to the San Diego Water Board, an estimated 6,000 agricultural operations occupying 70,000 acres of land in the region are subject to the Agricultural Order.
 
Medicinal cannabis operations and not-for-profit agricultural activities, such as hobby growing or gardening, do not fall under the Agricultural Order. 
 
Basic requirements of the Agricultural Order include completing two hours of water quality training each year, preparing a Water Quality Protection Plan that documents management practices and farming locations, submitting quarterly self-inspection reports and an annual report, surface water monitoring, and well water sampling for nitrates.
 
For more information on the San Diego region Agricultural Order, contact Barry Pulver at (619) 521-3381 or Barry.Pulver@waterboards.ca.gov. Additional information is available online.

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