Agricultural Regulatory Program - Agricultural Order Renewal 4.0 (In Progress)

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Information on this web page relates to the renewal of the Agricultural Order adopted by the Central Coast Water Board on March 8, 2017. This is a three-year Agricultural Order which must be replaced by March 7, 2020. The current Agricultural Order is the third Agricultural Order adopted in the central coast region, so is referred to as Ag Order 3.0. Information provided in this page relates to the development and documentation of the fourth Agricultural Order (Ag Order 4.0). For information on the Water Board’s implementation of the current Order (Ag Order 3.0) and what growers need to do to comply with the updated requirements, please go to the Water Board’s main Agricultural Regulatory Program web page.

Draft Agricultural Order 4.0 Documents

February 21, 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 April 20, 2020. Persons interested in this proposed permit are encouraged to submit written comments electronically. Written comments are due April 20, 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

Public Workshops

Central Coast Water Board staff will provide an overview of the recently released Draft Agricultural Order 4.0 and Draft Environmental Impact Report.

Due to COVID-19 the public workshop venues have been canceled. We are currently working on developing remote access options and we will reach out soon with additional information.

For questions regarding the workshops, please contact Central Coast Water Board staff at AgNOI@waterboards.ca.gov.

Members of the public are invited to participate in the workshops. A quorum of Central Coast Water Board members may be present at the workshops; however, the Central Coast Water Board will not be taking any action at the workshops.

Ex Parte Disclosure Requirements

This item is subject to the ex parte communication disclosure requirements of Water Code section 13287, as explained in https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/laws_regulations/docs/exparte.pdf. Interested persons who communicate with board members other than at a noticed board meeting or submitted as a comment letter in compliance with the public notice must publically disclose the ex parte communication within seven days of the communication. Section 13287 defines interested persons as dischargers and their representatives/employees; persons with a financial interest in the general order; and representatives acting on behalf of an interest group. A sample disclosure form as well as further explanation of the requirement is available at: https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/centralcoast/publications_forms/forms/docs/central_coast_disclosure.pdf   Ex parte communications between interested persons and board members concerning this item will be prohibited beginning 14 days prior to any meeting scheduled for adoption of an order in this matter.

Opportunities for Public Input into the Agricultural Order

Log of Ag Order 4.0 Related Meetings with External Stakeholders
Here is a LOG of Ag Order 4.0 related discussions with external stakeholders.  Staff will keep this list up-to-date through the Ag Order 4.0 development process.

Ag Order 4.0 Related Informational Board Meeting Items with Opportunity for Public Comment
The following list provides links to board meeting information for agenda items related to Ag Order 4.0.  Staff will keep the list up-to-date through the Ag Order 4.0 development process.

Public Scoping Meetings – Listening Sessions
Listening Sessions, August 2017: The Central Coast Water Board held public listening sessions on the development of the new Agricultural Order at three regional locations in August of 2017. Links to the scoping meeting flyer and scoping meeting presentations are provided below:

California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Process

February 21, 2020

The Central Coast Water Board has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the regulation of waste discharge from irrigated lands throughout the central coast region. The public review period for the Draft EIR is from February 21, 2020 until April 6, 2020. Persons interested in this proposed permit are encouraged to submit written comments electronically. Written comments are due April 6, 2020 by Midnight and may be submitted via email to AgNOI@waterboards.ca.gov with “Comments on Draft EIR” in the subject line.

May 25, 2018

The release of the draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is planned for August 2019, which is concurrent with the planned release of the draft Ag Order 4.0. The release of the final EIR is planned for February 2020, which is also concurrent with the planned release of the final Ag Order 4.0. Please note these dates represent a later time frame than was presented in the March 2018 CEQA scoping meeting presentations.

March 20 – March 29, 2018

CEQA scoping meetings

  • Presentation
  • Draft notes: These notes are real time transcriptions and may contain shorthand, abbreviations, and typographical errors due to nature of live note taking. Staff has not edited or modified these notes. These notes were projected during each of the meetings.

February 16, 2018

  • Notice of CEQA scoping public workshops for Agricultural Order 4.0. Please see notice for more details.
  • Initial Study for Agricultural Order 4.0 Public review and comment period for the Initial Study is from February 16, 2018 to April 30, 2018. Please see Initial Study for more details.
  • Fact Sheet - Development of the Agricultural Order for Discharges from Irrigated Lands (Ag Order 4.0)

Please contact Shanta Keeling at 805-549-3464 or Shanta.Keeling@waterboards.ca.gov for questions regarding CEQA.