Napa River and Sonoma Creek Vineyard Program

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In July 2017, the Water Board adopted a water quality control permit (General Permit) for vineyard properties in the Napa River and Sonoma Creek watersheds. The General Permit regulates parcels developed to include a 5-acre-or-larger vineyard located in these two watersheds.  In most cases, owners/operators of existing vineyard properties - parcels planted to include a 5-acre-or-larger vineyard – are required to enroll by July 31, 2018.  However, where any part of an existing vineyard property is located within the mapped perimeter of the North Bay wildfires, the Water Board has extended the deadline for enrollment by one-year to July 31, 2019.

General Permit Enrollment is Open

The General Permit enrollment is open. You can enroll in the General Permit electronically online.  To enroll through the internet, go to this website.  Before getting started please review these instructions for enrollment.  If you have any questions, please contact Graham Brown at 510-622-2426 or graham.brown@waterboards.ca.gov or Mike Napolitano at 510-622-2397 or michael.napolitano@waterboards.ca.gov.

Please visit the interactive map and download the Excel spreadsheet that show the parcels we believe are subject to the General Permit and the enrollment deadline for each parcel. In most cases, the deadline is July 31, 2018.  However, considering the impacts of the North Bay wildfires, if a vineyard property is located within the mapped perimeter of the wildfires, we have extended the deadline by one-year to July 31, 2019. 

General Permit Fact Sheet and Upcoming Informational Meetings

General Permit Fact Sheet
Please download our General Permit Fact Sheet that answers frequently asked questions.

Informational Meetings for Vineyard Managers and Owners
In June, Water Board staff will conduct t General Permit information/outreach meetings for vineyard managers and owners on the following dates:

Tuesday, June 19, from 10:30am to noon at the Main Branch of the Napa County Public Library located at 580 Coombs Street in Napa, California.
Monday, June 25, from 10:30am to noon at the Ramekins Culinary School, Events, and Inn located at 450 West Spain Street, Sonoma, California.

If you have questions, please contact:

Graham Brown (Graham.Brown@waterboards.ca.gov, 510-622-2426) or

Mike Napolitano (Michael.Napolitano@waterboards.ca.gov, 510-622-2397)


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):

  1. California Land Stewardship Institute (Fish Friendly Farming Program);
  2. California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance;
  3. Napa County Resource Conservation District (LandSmart Program); and
  4. Sonoma Resource Conservation District (LandSmart Program).

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 michael.napolitano@waterboards.ca.gov and/or James Ponton at 510-622-2492 or by email at James.Ponton@waterboards.ca.gov.

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.

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.

The Board certified the Final Environmental Impact Report by adopting this resolution. For additional information, please contact Mike Napolitano at michael.napolitano@waterboards.ca.gov or 510-622-2397, or Jim Ponton at james.ponton@waterboards.ca.gov or 510-622-2492.