Notices to Comply for Salt Control Program Mailed January 2021

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High levels of salt in the waters and soils of the Central Valley are being addressed as part of the state’s new Salt and Nitrate Control Program. The State Water Resources Control Board approved the Central Valley-wide program as part of its action on October 16, 2019, to amend the Sacramento and San Joaquin Basin Plan and the Tulare Lake Basin Plan. The Basin Plan amendments were adopted by the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board in May of the prior year.

The amendments constitute the most significant changes in decades to the regulation of salts and nitrates in the surface waters and groundwaters of the Central Valley. They are aimed at ensuring safe drinking water supplies in affected areas, protecting the beneficial uses of water, and offering greater flexibility for compliance among dischargers.

Phased Approach

The Salt Control Program is proceeding in phases. Phase 1 involves development of the Prioritization and Optimization Study (P&O Study), which is a comprehensive study and analysis of sources, management approaches, and projects to reduce salt accumulations and to collect or remove salts. It will take 10 to 15 years to complete. To learn more about the P&O Study, click here.

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Update on Status - 2020

The Salt and Nitrate Control Program was approved by the State Water Resources Control Board on October 16, 2019 (RESOLUTION NO. 2019-0057) and the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) on January 15, 2020. Approval by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for specific subsections of the Basin Plan Amendments that fall under federal jurisdiction is still pending. However, the remaining portions of the program became effective on January 17, 2020 after OAL’s Notice of Decision was filed with the California Natural Resources Agency. The Central Valley Water Board sent out Notices to Comply for the Nitrate Control Program in late May 2020. The estimated timeframe for the mail out of the Notices to Comply for the Salt Control Program is currently some time in the Fall of 2020.

Over the last decade, the Central Valley Salinity Coalition (CVSC) has worked side-by-side with the Regional Water Board to prepare the January 2017 Salt and Nitrate Management Plan (SNMP) – the basis for the new Regional Water Board Salt and Nitrate Control Program. For a quick overview of the SNMP and Basin Plan amendment process download our CV-SALTS BROCHURE. For information on individual policies visit the Public Education and Outreach page.  Regulated entities and individuals who wish to learn more about the changes in Nitrate and Salt compliance should visit the CV-SALTS Public Information page.

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