Draft Agricultural Order 4.0 Documents
PROPOSED AGRICULTURAL ORDER 4.0
April 13, 2021
Supplemental Change Sheet available for proposed Agricultural Order 4.0 Board Meeting of April 14-15, 2021
April 2, 2021
The Central Coast Water Board has prepared Proposed General Waste Discharge Requirements For Discharges From Irrigated Lands (Proposed Ag Order 4.0) and an associated Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) as part of the development of a new permit, Agricultural Order 4.0, to regulate the discharge of agricultural waste from irrigated lands within the central coast region. The Proposed Ag Order 4.0 and associated FEIR are available for public review.
La Junta de Agua de la Costa Central ha preparado los Requisitos generales de descarga de desechos propuestos para descargas de tierras irrigadas (Orden agrícola propuesta 4.0) y un Informe final de impacto ambiental (FEIR) asociado como parte del desarrollo de un nuevo permiso, Orden agrícola 4.0, para regular la descarga de desechos agrícolas de tierras irrigadas dentro de la región de la costa central. La Orden Agrícola 4.0 propuesta y el FEIR asociado están disponibles para revisión pública.
DOCUMENTS AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC REVIEW
- Proposed Order No. R3-2021-0040
Proposed Order No. R3-2021-0040 (Agricultural Order 4.0) (with tracked revisions)
- Attachment A: Findings to Proposed Order No. R3-2021-0040
Attachment A: Findings to Proposed Order No. R3-2021-0040 (with tracked revisions)
- Attachment B: Monitoring and Reporting Program to Proposed Order No. R3-2021-0040
Attachment B: Monitoring and Reporting Program to Proposed Order No. R3-2021-0040 (with tracked revisions)
- Attachment C: Acronyms, Abbreviations, and Definitions to Proposed Order No. R3-2021-0040
Attachment C: Acronyms, Abbreviations, and Definitions to Proposed Order No. R3-2021-0040 (with tracked revisions)
- Proposed Resolution No. R3-2021-0039 (EIR Certification)
- Attachment A: Proposed General Waste Discharge Requirements for Discharges from Irrigated Lands (Agricultural Order), Final Environmental Impact Report
- Volume 1 – Main Body
- Volume 2 – Appendices
- Volume 3 – Comments and Responses to Comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Report and Draft Agricultural Order 4.0
- Attachment B: CEQA Findings
- Public comment letters received during the public comment period on the Revised Agricultural Order 4.0
- Response to comments on the Revised Agricultural Order 4.0
APRIL 14-16, 2021 BOARD HEARING
- Agenda Item 3 - Consideration of Order No. R3-2021-0040, General Waste Discharge Requirements for Discharges from Irrigated Lands, and Certification of the Associated Final Environmental Impact Report
- Punto 3 del orden del día - Consideración de la Orden No. R3-2021-0040, Requisitos generales de descarga de desechos para descargas de tierras irrigadas y Certificación del Informe final de impacto ambiental asociado
January 26, 2021
The Central Coast Water Board has prepared a “Revised Draft General Waste Discharge Requirements For Discharges From Irrigated Lands” (Revised Draft Ag Order 4.0) as part of the development of a new permit, Agricultural Order 4.0, to regulate the discharge of agricultural waste from irrigated lands within the central coast region. The Revised Draft Ag Order 4.0 is available for public review and comment.
- An electronic copy of the Revised Draft Ag Order 4.0 can be obtained below.
- Written comments are due February 25, 2021 by 11:59 PM and may be submitted via email to AgNOI@waterboards.ca.gov with “Comments on Revised Draft Ag Order 4.0” in the subject line.
DOCUMENTS AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC REVIEW
EX PARTE COMMUNICATIONS DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS FOR PENDING GENERAL ORDERS
Ex parte communications are allowed in this matter subject to the disclosure requirements of Water Code section 13287, as explained in http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/laws_regulations/docs/exparte.pdf. Any communications between interested persons and board members (other than at a noticed board meeting where proposed Agricultural Order 4.0 is on the agenda or submitted as a comment letter in compliance with this or another public notice) must be disclosed by the interested person within seven working days of the communication. Disclosure forms are available at: https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/centralcoast/publications_forms/forms/docs/central_coast_disclosure.pdf.
Pursuant to the Central Coast Water Board’s direction on January 31, 2020, ex parte communications are prohibited for a period beginning 14 days before the board meeting at which the proposed Agricultural Order 4.0 is scheduled for board action. If the Central Coast Water Board does not take action during the scheduled meeting date, the ex parte communications prohibition will be lifted. The prohibition on ex parte communications will be reinstated for 14 days before the day of the board meeting to which the decision is continued. The board meeting at which the proposed Agricultural Order 4.0 will be considered is scheduled for April 14 – 16, 2021.
April 9, 2020
The COVID-19 crisis and associated response to protect public health and safety is adversely impacting individuals, communities and businesses alike and it is uncertain how the crisis will progress in the coming weeks and months. In acknowledgement of this uncertainty and how the crisis is impeding the ability to effectively implement the Ag Order 4.0 public process and stakeholder’s ability to effectively engage in the process, The Central Coast Water Board is hereby extending the draft Ag Order 4.0 public comment period 60 days to June 20, 2020.
Although not the only stakeholder group currently struggling to participate in the public comment process, the agricultural industry that will ultimately be subject to the forthcoming Ag Order 4.0 requirements is particularly struggling to engage in the public process at this time. This is because agriculture, designated as “critical infrastructure” necessary for providing food during the crisis, is subject to compounding factors such as labor shortages and supply chain limitations while having to address additional worker and food safety issues associated with the COVID-19 crisis.
The public comment period is being extended to facilitate a fair and inclusive public process, one that effectively engages a broad spectrum of interested and affected stakeholders relative to the progression of the COVID-19 crisis and the development of suitable alternatives that may be used to carry out the public process while following COVID-19 related guidance associated with social distancing, gathering restrictions, and shelter-in-place, etc.
Moving forward the Central Coast Water Board will implement the following:
- Provide at least two weeks advanced notice of rescheduled draft Ag Order 4.0 workshops.
- Provide at least one week between the date of the last workshop and the close of the public comment period to allow the workshops to help inform written comments.
- Provide at least three weeks advanced notice of the first public Water Board meeting to discuss draft Ag Order 4.0; the first meeting will be devoted to stakeholder input.
- Schedule additional Water Board public meeting dates in August and/or September to facilitate the next step in the public process (i.e., receive additional public comment and Water Board direction on the draft order).
The Central Coast Water Board will provide updates as needed to inform stakeholders of the Ag Order 4.0 process as the COVID-19 crisis unfolds.
The Central Coast Water Board remains committed to the ongoing Ag Order 4.0 process to address agricultural sources of water quality and beneficial use impairment and its mandate to protect and restore the water resources we all depend on in the Central Coast. The COVID-19 crisis warrants compassion, flexibility and reasonableness, and the Central Coast Water Board will proceed accordingly while maintaining focus on its water quality mandate.
Best regards and good health to you and your families in the coming weeks and months.
February 21, 2020 (revised June 11, 2020)
The Central Coast Water Board has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and a Draft Agricultural Order 4.0 for the regulation of waste discharge from irrigated lands throughout the central coast region. The public review period for the Draft EIR and Draft Agricultural Order 4.0 is from February 21, 2020 until June 22, 2020. Persons interested in this proposed permit are encouraged to submit written comments electronically. Written comments are due June 22, 2020 by 11:59 PM and may be submitted via email to AgNOI@waterboards.ca.gov with either “Comments on Draft EIR” or “Comments on Draft Ag Order” in the subject line. During the public review period, Central Coast Water Board staff will hold public workshops on the Draft EIR and Draft Agricultural Order 4.0; staff will provide notice at least 10-days prior to the workshops.
DOCUMENTS AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC REVIEW