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.

Ex Parte Disclosure Requirements

This item is subject to the ex parte communication disclosure requirements of Water Code section 13287, as explained in 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:   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

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 for questions regarding CEQA.