Central Coast Water Board to Discuss Proposed New Ag Order March 7-8 in Watsonville

The Central Coast Water Board will consider adoption of a new Agricultural Order at their March 7-9, 2017 meeting in Watsonville, California. The Agricultural Order is item number 6 on the agenda, which is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, March 7, at 8:30 a.m. The Water Board anticipates that the discussion will be completed by Wednesday, March 8. Spanish translation will be provided at the meeting.

As noted in a previous blog post, the changes under consideration could result in significant new reporting requirements for all growers who produce commercial crops under irrigation, including certified organic growers.

Under the proposed new rules, Tier 2 farms will have to document all fertilizer applications to all crops and provide rationale for each application. Tier 2 farms include those with irrigated acreage of 50 acres or more which grow “high-risk” crops including beet, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, Chinese cabbage (napa), collard, endive, kale, leek, lettuce (leaf and head), mustard, onion (dry and green), spinach, strawberry, pepper (fruiting), and parsley.

Producers in the following counties will be impacted by the order: Santa Clara (south of Morgan Hill), San Mateo (southern portion), Santa Cruz, San Benito, Monterey, Kern (small portions), San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura (northern portion). Enter your address into this online map to find out which regional water board regulates your operation.

For more information, email Christopher Rose, Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program manager, or call (805) 542-4770. Interested persons may also contact staff by emailing AgNOI@waterboards.ca.gov.

Para información en español, llame a Monica Barricarte a (805) 549-3881.