Confined Animal Facilities - Dairy General Order Guidance

  Reporting Tools

The software provided for the Annual Report, the Waste Management Plan and Nutrient Management Plan, and Existing Conditions Report and Preliminary Dairy Facility Assessment are available by clicking on the link below.

  Dairy Forms

These forms are provided to meet the requirements of the General Order. The forms may also be useful for dairies operating under individual waste discharge requirements. Questions and comments may be directed to Charlene Herbst in the Rancho Cordova office at (916) 464-4724 or charlene.herbst@waterboards.ca.gov, or Dale Essary in the Fresno office at (559) 445-5093 or dale.essary@waterboards.ca.gov.

  Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Waste Discharge Requirements General Order No. R5-2007-0035 for Existing Milk Cow Dairies Responses to questions regarding this General Order, which was adopted on 3 May 2007. New editions will be periodically added. For more information, contact Charlene Herbst at (916) 464-4724 or by email at cherbst@waterboards.ca.gov.

  Sampling and Analysis

  Finding a Specialist

To help people that own/operate dairies find a specialist certified in developing nutrient management plans. The California Regional Water Quality Board requires owners and operators to utilize a specialist that is certified in developing nutrient management plans. Click on "Find a CCA" from the Certified Crop Adviser website to locate a specialist.

  Crop Safety

The General Order requires that wastes and land application areas shall be managed to prevent contamination of crops grown for human consumption. On 21 May 2008, the Central Valley Water Board sent the letter, linked below, to dairy owners/operators whose Existing Condition Reports indicated that their dairy is applying manure and/or process wastewater to crops grown for human consumption. For more information, contact Charlene Herbst in the Rancho Cordova office at (916) 464-4724 or by email at charlene.herbst@waterboards.ca.gov or Dale Essary in the Fresno office at (559) 445-5093 or by email at dale.essary@waterboards.ca.gov.

  Setbacks and Buffers

The General Order requires protection of surface water by use of setbacks, buffers, and alternative methods. This document provides more specific guidance on setbacks and buffers for dairies.