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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.

Public Workshops

The Central Coast Water Board held public scooping meetings 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 Shanta.Keeling@waterboards.ca.gov for questions regarding CEQA.