CV-SALTS NITRATE CONTROL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS WEBINAR
Thursday, February 29, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
This webinar will be helpful if you have received a Nitrate Control Program Notice to Comply in the mail and would like to learn more about the program and your regulatory responsibilities.
Providing safe drinking water and managing water quality in the Central Valley for long-term sustainability.
The CV-SALTS Program is a collaborative initiative among business, government, and community organizations to address nitrate and salt accumulation affecting water supplies.
Who Are We?
CV-SALTS investigates salt and nitrate water quality challenges in the Central Valley and develops and recommends policies and actions to improve quality and efficiency for all users. The program includes representatives from growers, dairies, industries, local communities, government agencies, environmental and community organizations, and the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board.
What Problems Do We Solve?
In some areas of the Valley, nitrate has accumulated in groundwater to the point that drinking water for rural households and small water systems does not meet safe standards. Across the Valley, rising salt levels threaten to turn this productive basin into a land where the water is not fit to drink and land not capable of growing crops.
What Are Our Goals?
What Makes Us Effective
CV-SALTS: By The Numbers
Drinking Water Program Moves into Next Phase
The CV-SALTS program to bring replacement drinking water to households with nitrate-impacted wells moved into a new phase in December 2023.
Notices to Comply were mailed to permittees in eight Priority 2 groundwater basins. Permit holders in Delta-Mendota, Eastern San Joaquin, Madera, Merced, Kern County (Poso), and Kern County (West-side South) must now select a Pathway for Compliance and file a Notice of Intent with the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board.
CV-SALTS Program Overview Video
A 14-minute video from Valley Water Collaborative highlights the CV-SALTS program history.
Click below for a look behind the scenes profiling the stakeholder effort supporting the CV-SALTS mission: "To develop and implement Central Valley-wide salt and nitrate management plans."
Well Testing Expanded to All Drinking Water Contaminants
Valley Water Collaborative Management Zone and Tule Management Zone have added non-nitrate contaminants to their well tests. This program expansion is funded by a grant from the State Water Board’s Division of Financial Assistance (DFA) and its Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund (SAFER). The Chowchilla Management Zone also tests for non-nitrate contaminants. All other Management Zones are currently in the process of contracting to also offer well testing for all drinking water contaminants.