Napa River and Sonoma Creek Vineyard Program
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Third-Party Programs approved to help farmers comply with the General Permit for Vineyard Properties in the Napa River and Sonoma Creek watersheds
On January 12, 2018, Bruce Wolfe, the Executive Officer of the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board, approved four Third-Party Programs, listed in alphabetical order below, to help farmers comply with the requirements of the General Permit for Vineyard Properties (Order No. R2-2017-0033):
The primary roles for approved Third-Party Programs are to assist farmers with development of farm plans, and to verify that farm plans are complete and upon full implementation, will achieve applicable performance standards specified in the General Permit. Approved Third-Party Programs also may assist in other capacities including enrollment, monitoring and reporting, and/or securing any necessary permits to implement projects/actions to comply with the General Permit.
If you have any questions regarding these approvals, please contact my staff: Mike Napolitano at 510-622-2397 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or James Ponton at 510-622-2492 or by email at James.Ponton@waterboards.ca.gov.
New - Extension of Compliance Deadlines for Properties within North Bay Wildfire Area and Revised Monitoring and Reporting Requirements for Tier 2 and 3 Dischargers
See this Lyris Notice announcing the extension of compliance deadlines.
Water Board staff created an interactive map which shows the burned perimeters of the Tubbs, Altas, and Nuns fires and those parcels that may qualify for the time extension. The map can be viewed here.
Please also refer to revised monitoring and reporting requirements for Tier 2 and 3 dischargers.
Adopted General Permit for Vineyard Properties
The San Francisco Bay Water Board adopted the general permit for vineyard properties in the Napa River and Sonoma Creek watersheds at their July 12, 2017 meeting.
Materials considered at the July 12, 2017 Water Board hearing are:
Notice of Intent forms will be posted here when available.
Status Update: March 30, 2017
On April 12, 2017, the Water Board will hold an informational workshop on proposed General Waste Discharge Requirements for Vineyard Properties located in the Napa River and Sonoma Creek watersheds (General Permit).
The Staff Report was prepared to support the April 12, 2017 workshop and presents: a) the General Permit; and b) an overview of comments received and our responses, focused primarily on the scope/conditions of the General Permit, and policy issues. Prior to the Water Board’s consideration of adopting the General Permit, Water Board staff will prepare a complete Response-to-Comments document that addresses all comments received. Staff anticipates that the General Permit will be considered for adoption at the June or July 2017 Water Board meeting.
The comment periods for the proposed General Permit and related draft environmental impact report (DEIR) began in mid-July 2016 for a 45-day period. At the request of stakeholders, the comment period on the DEIR was extended through September 14, 2016 and on the comment period on the General Permit through December 12, 2016. Provided below are the comment letters received on the General Permit and DEIR.
PROPOSED GENERAL PERMIT COMMENT LETTERS
DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT COMMENT LETTERS
Extension of public comment periodThe San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board has received several requests to extend the comment period on the draft General WDRs for Vineyard Properties in the Napa River and Sonoma creek watersheds (Permit) due to timing conflicts associated with the fall harvest.
The period for review and submittal of written comments on the draft Permit is therefore extended until Monday, December 12, 2016.
The period for review and submittal of written comments on the draft environmental impact report (EIR), which evaluates potential impacts of actions that could be taken to comply with the proposed Permit, is extended until Wednesday, September 14, 2016.
Written comments on the draft EIR can be submitted through close of business (5 PM) September 14 by email to email@example.com or by mail to:
Written comments on the draft Permit can submitted through close of business (5 PM) December 12 by email or mail at the addresses indicated above.
Please direct any questions to Mike Napolitano at 510-622-2397.
Program News - July 2016
The Water Board is accepting comments on proposed General Waste Discharge Requirements for Vineyard Properties located in the Napa River and Sonoma Creek watersheds (WDRs) and related draft an environmental impact report (EIR) through close of business, August 29, 2016.
Links to the public notice, proposed General WDRs, its attachments, and draft EIR are provided below:
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Proposed General WDRs for Vineyard Discharges
Water Board staff is currently developing General Waste Discharge Requirements (General WDRs) for vineyard discharges as well as developing an associated environmental impact report under the California Environmental Quality Act.
The Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report to evaluate potential impacts of proposed General WDRs:
The comment period on the Notice of Preparation, the Initial Study, and the proposed Environmental Impact Report (EIR) scope closed on August 6, 2014. The following comments were received on the Notice of Preparation and the proposed EIR scope:
For More Information Contact:
Phone: (510) 622-2492