Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program - Grower Outreach and Enforcement

ILRP staff conducts outreach to owners of commercial irrigated lands to educate them about the program, and to require regulatory compliance when appropriate. The ILRP staff also investigates complaints and pursues enforcement against growers for administrative violations (e.g., failure to submit required reports) and pollution discharge-related violations.

For information concerning outreach activities (e.g., issuance of Water Code section 13260 Directives or pre-Administrative Civil Liability notification letters), please contact:

  Report a Water Quality Concern (form on the Cal/EPA website - non-ILRP link)
  Report an Environmental Concern

  • March 2017: Growers Assessed Penalties for Failure to Obtain Water Quality Permits, Submit Reports Required to Prevent Water Pollution.
  • August 2016: Central Valley Water Board Issues Notices of Violation to East San Joaquin Valley Growers for Failing to Submit Nitrogen Management Plan Summary Reports.
  • December 2015:The Central Valley Water Board approved settlements of $42,900 and $46,000, respectively, for ACL Complaints issued to two Southern San Joaquin Valley growers.
  • May 2015: The Central Valley Water Board has issued fines to two more growers in the amounts of $51,480 and $56,628, respectively, for discharging waste from irrigated lands without a permit.
  • January 2015: The Assistance Executive Officer issued two Administrative Civil Liability Complaints in the amounts of $31,460 and $51,480 for discharging waste from irrigated lands without a permit.
  • December 2014: The Central Valley Water Board has issued fines to two growers in the amounts of $32,032 and $9,152, respectively, for discharging waste from irrigated lands without a permit.
  • December 2012: The Central Valley Water Board adopted new waste discharge requirements to protect ground and surface water from irrigated agricultural discharges in the Eastern San Joaquin River Watershed.
  • May 2012: The Assistant Executive Officer issued an Administrative Civil Liability Complaint to Del Mar Farms in the amount of $123,191 for allegedly discharging sediment-laden irrigation return flows to waters of the state.
  • July 2010: The Central Valley Water Board released a proposed program and draft Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) that would expand regulated irrigated agricultural discharges to include both surface waters and groundwater.
  • January 2008: The Central Valley Water Board assessed monetary penalties to growers, thereby stepping up enforcement under the Board’s Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program.

Administrative Civil Liabilities    |    Cleanup and Abatement Orders

Administrative Civil Liabilities

The Water Board uses Administrative Civil Liability (ACL) Orders to issue monetary fines against parties who discharge waste in violation of an order or conditional waiver, or who fail to submit a technical report in compliance with a board order. Recent board-issued ACL's are listed below in reverse chronological order.

  • Peter and Lisa Andrada – August 2017
    On 10 February 2017, Board staff sent a letter to Peter and Lisa Andrada of Madera County informing them of a forthcoming assessment of administrative civil liability (ACL). The letter proposed a settlement meeting with the Discharger in lieu of Board staff issuing an ACL Complaint for violating California Water Code section 13260 by failing to obtain regulatory coverage for their 35 acres irrigated agricultural lands. The meeting resulted in an assessed penalty of $27,027. The Executive Officer approved the settlement on 13 October 2017.

  • Baldev S. and Kamaljit K. Batth - February 2017
    Board staff issued an Administrative Civil Liability Complaint for the Discharger's failure to comply with a Water Code section 13260 Directive. The Directive required the Discharger to obtain regulatory coverage for commercial irrigated lands. The case was heard by the Central Valley Water Board, which approved an ACL Order with a penalty amount of $35,490.

  • Alex V. and Vera A. Kobets - February 2017
    Board staff issued an Administrative Civil Liability Complaint for the Discharger's failure to comply with a Water Code section 13260 Directive. The Directive required the Discharger to obtain regulatory coverage for commercial irrigated lands. The case was heard by the Central Valley Water Board, which approved an ACL Order with a penalty amount of $10,000.

  • Gilbert and Enedina Marroquin - February 2017
    Board staff issued an Administrative Civil Liability Complaint for the Discharger's failure to submit Farm Evaluations for three consecutive years. Farm Evaluations are how growers document and report their management practices, a critical element of the ILRP. The case was heard by the Central Valley Water Board, which approved an ACL Order with a penalty amount of $30,030.

  • Jim and Vera Kurnosoff – December 2016
    Board staff issued an Administrative Civil Liability Complaint for the Discharger's failure to submit Farm Evaluations for three consecutive years. Farm Evaluations are how growers document and report their management practices, a critical element of the ILRP. The case was heard by the Central Valley Water Board, which approved an ACL Order with a penalty amount of $27,885.

  • William and Maria Egleston - February 2017
    Board staff issued an Administrative Civil Liability Complaint for the Discharger's failure to comply with a Water Code section 13260 Directive. The Directive required the Discharger to obtain regulatory coverage for commercial irrigated lands. The case was heard by the Central Valley Water Board, which approved an ACL Order with a penalty amount of $23,716.

  • Brooks and Arlene Rushing (Trustees) - February 2017
    Board staff issued an Administrative Civil Liability Complaint for the Discharger's failure to comply with a Water Code section 13260 Directive. The Directive required the Discharger to obtain regulatory coverage for commercial irrigated lands. The case was heard by the Central Valley Water Board, which approved an ACL Order with a penalty amount of $8,135.

  • Bounds, Emma J. (Trustee) - February 2017
    Board staff issued an Administrative Civil Liability Complaint for the Discharger's failure to submit Farm Evaluations for three consecutive years. Farm Evaluations are how growers document and report their management practices, a critical element of the ILRP. The case was heard by the Central Valley Water Board, which approved an ACL Order with a penalty amount of $26,520.

  • Singh Farms, LLC - February 2017
    Board staff issued an Administrative Civil Liability Complaint for the Discharger's failure to submit Farm Evaluations for two consecutive years. Farm Evaluations are how growers document and report their management practices, a critical element of the ILRP. The case was heard by the Central Valley Water Board, which approved an ACL Order with a penalty amount of $35,490.

  • Victor Produce, Inc. - February 2017
    Board staff issued an Administrative Civil Liability Complaint for the Discharger's failure to submit the 2015 Farm Evaluation. Farm Evaluations are how growers document and report their management practices, a critical element of the ILRP. The case was heard by the Central Valley Water Board, which approved an ACL Order with a penalty amount of $35,490.

  • Silveira, Joe - December 2016
    Board staff issued an Administrative Civil Liability Complaint for the Discharger's failure to submit Farm Evaluations for three consecutive years. Farm Evaluations are how growers document and report their management practices, a critical element of the ILRP. The case was heard by the Central Valley Water Board, which approved an ACL Order with a penalty amount of $26,520.

  • Galen E and Ada C Wise - July 2016
    On 30 September 2015, Board staff sent a letter to Galen E and Ada C Wise of Stanislaus County informing them of a forthcoming assessment of administrative civil liability (ACL). The letter proposed a settlement meeting with the Discharger in lieu of Board staff issuing an ACL Complaint for violating California Water Code section 13260 by failing to obtain regulatory coverage for their irrigated agricultural lands. The meeting resulted in an assessed penalty of $32,175. The Executive Officer approved the settlement on 19 July 2016.

  • Rakkar (Trustees) and Rakkar Properties LP - July 2016
    Board staff issued an Administrative Civil Liability Complaint for the Discharger's failure to comply with a Water Code section 13260 Directive. The Directive required the Discharger to obtain regulatory coverage for commercial irrigated lands. The Discharger settled the ACL Complaint by agreeing to pay a penalty of $63,700, with half of this amount going to fund a supplemental environmental project.

  • Schreiner Brothers Farms Partnership; Triangle Properties, Inc.; and Teichert Land Co - July 2016
    On 3 July 2015, Board staff sent a letter to Triangle Properties, Inc. and Teichert Land Co. informing them of a forthcoming assessment of administrative civil liability (ACL). The letter proposed a settlement meeting with the Dischargers (including the tenant, Schreiner Brothers Farms Partnership) in lieu of Board staff issuing an ACL Complaint. Board staff pursued an ACL because of sediment discharges to the Sacramento River and reporting violations related to agricultural parcels owned and operated by the Dischargers. Board staff and the Dischargers met and eventually reached a tentative settlement, which includes an assessed penalty of $100,000 – half of which will fund a Rose Foundation supplemental environmental project.

  • Braaksma-Ross - September 2015
    Board staff issued an Administrative Civil Liability Complaint for the Discharger’s failure to comply with a Water Code section 13260 Directive.  The Directive required the Discharger to obtain regulatory coverage for commercial irrigated lands.  The Discharger settled the ACL Complaint by agreeing to pay a penalty of $42,900, with half of this amount going to fund a supplemental environmental project.

  • Sarbjit & Satwant Athwal - April 2015
    Board staff issued an Administrative Civil Liability Complaint for the Discharger’s failure to comply with a Water Code section 13260 Directive.  The Directive required the Discharger to obtain regulatory coverage for commercial irrigated lands.  The case was heard by the Central Valley Water Board, which approved an ACL Order with a penalty amount of $56,628.

  • Heritage Ranch LLC - April 2015
    Board staff issued an Administrative Civil Liability Complaint for the Discharger’s failure to comply with a Water Code section 13260 Directive.  The Directive required the Discharger to obtain regulatory coverage for commercial irrigated lands.  The case was heard by the Central Valley Water Board, which approved an ACL Order with a penalty amount of $51,480.

  • David & Linda Davis - December 2014
    Board staff issued an Administrative Civil Liability Complaint for the Discharger’s failure to comply with a Water Code section 13260 Directive.  The Directive required the Discharger to obtain regulatory coverage for commercial irrigated lands.  The Discharger settled the ACL Complaint by agreeing to pay a penalty of $9,152.  The settlement agreement was approved by the Central Valley Water Board during a hearing.

  • Larry & Shireen Slate - December 2014
    Board staff issued an Administrative Civil Liability Complaint for the Discharger’s failure to comply with a Water Code section 13260 Directive.  The Directive required the Discharger to obtain regulatory coverage for commercial irrigated lands.  The case was heard by the Central Valley Water Board, which approved an ACL Order with a penalty amount of $32,032.

  • Rosa/Maggiore - February 2013
    Staff investigated complaints of sediment discharges to Discovery Bay, Contra Costa County, in May and June 2011. The investigations resulted in the board's issuance of a Time Schedule Order and Water Code section 13267 Order to Lawrence A. Rosa Living Trust and Lori R. Rosa, owners, and Frank A. Maggiore & Sons, LLC, operator.
  • Del Mar Farms - August 2012
    Staff investigated complaints of sediment discharges to Orestimba Creek, Stanislaus County, in May and July 2011. The investigations resulted in the board's issuance of a fine in the amount of $50,600 to Del Mar Farms, Jon Maring, and Lee Del Don.
  • Bettencourt - June 2012
    Staff investigated complaints of sediment discharges to Kellogg Creek, Contra Costa County, in July 2010 and June 2011. The investigations resulted in the board's issuance of a fine in the amount of $10,000 (the maximum fine allowed under the applicable statute) to Antonio P. and Mary R. Bettencourt Living Trust, owners, Tom Blumfield, lessee, and Frank A. Maggiore & Sons, LLC, operator.
  • Stanislaus Almond Ranch - January 2011
    Staff investigated complaints of sediment discharges to Peaslee Creek and the Tuolumne River, Stanislaus County, in January, March and May 2009. The investigations resulted in the board's issuance of a fine in the amount of $300,000 to Stanislaus Almond Ranch, LLC, and Lake Road Grizzly Ranch, LLC.

Cleanup and Abatement Orders

The Water Board uses CAO's to require substantial, long-term corrective actions for parties who discharge waste, or have the potential to discharge waste, in violation of an order or water quality objectives defined in a Basin Plan.

  • Alldrin Boatright, LLC - February 2016
    Staff conducted pre-storm season foothill inspections to evaluate sites with a potential for erosion and sediment discharges. The staff inspection of the Alldrin Boatright, LLC property (previously identified by the Stanislaus County Assessor information as Alldrin Sonora, LLC) found a significant potential to discharge waste. The investigation resulted in the board's issuance of a Cleanup and Abatement Order that required preparation of a Sediment & Erosion Control Plan and a Completion Report, that latter of which was to document site improvements to prevent sediment waste discharges.

  • K2 Ranches LLC - September 2015
    Staff was contacted by the Stanislaus County Department of Public Works regarding the alleged potential for sediment discharges from the K2 Ranches property.  Staff then investigated the property and found a significant potential to discharge waste.  The investigation resulted in the board’s issuance of a Cleanup and Abatement Order that required preparation of a Sediment & Erosion Control Plan and a Completion Report, that latter of which was to document site improvements to prevent sediment waste discharges.

  • Trinitas Almond Partners - July 2013
    Staff was contacted by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and Trinitas Almond Partners (TAP) regarding alleged sediment discharges from TAP properties. Staff then investigated the waste discharges to Blitz Creek, Stanislaus County, in December 2013. The investigation resulted in the board's issuance of a Cleanup and Abatement Order that required the discharger to prepare a stabilization and cleanup plan and a completion report.
  • Steve Lawrence and Ted Debraga - July 2011
    Staff investigated a complaint of sediment discharges to Little Tule River, Shasta County, in June 2011. The investigation resulted in the board's issuance of a Cleanup and Abatement Order that required the discharger to prepare an erosion control and irrigation water management plan and a completion report.
  • Stanislaus Almond Ranch - March 2008
    Staff investigated complaints of sediment discharges to Peaslee Creek and the Tuolumne River, Stanislaus County, in January and February 2008. The investigation resulted in the board's issuance of a Cleanup and Abatement Order that required the discharger to prepare a stabilization and cleanup plan and a completion report.

The following lists meetings at which ILRP staff made presentations to inform growers in the Central Valley about their responsibilities under the ILRP.