Update on Status - 2017

December 2017: The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board has issued a Notice of Public Workshop for January 19, 2018.  The Workshop is to discuss proposed basin plan amendments to the Water Quality Control Plans for the Sacramento River and San Joaquin River Basins and the Tulare Lake Basin (Basin Plans) for a Central Valley-wide Salt and Nitrate Control Program.  Workshop-related material will be posted on the Board's website by 20 December 2017.

October - December 2017: CV-SALTS anticipates finalizing the recommended amendments for the Basin Plans, and presenting them to the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board for review and comment by December 2017.

June 2017: CV-SALTS completed a new SNMP Informational Brochure that summarizes the findings and recommended policies in the final Salt & Nitrate Management Plan (SNMP).

April 2017: CV-SALTS staff and consultants began working on drafting and reviewing the Basin Plan Amendment language necessary to incorporate the findings and recommendations in the Final Salt & Nitrate Management Plan (SNMP).

March 9, 2017: Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board held a public hearing to receive public comments and to consider a resolution accepting the Final Salt & Nitrate Management Plan (SNMP) and direct board staff to initiate Basin Plan Actions to implement the recommendations of the Final Salt & Nitrate Management Plan (SNMP).

February 2017: Several public information pieces were developed regarding the Final Salt & Nitrate Management Plan.  These documents are available as PDF downloads at the links below:

Central Valley Salt and Nitrate Accumulations in Water Resources to be Addressed Through New, Innovative Regulations

Overview of the Salt and Nitrate Management Plan

CV-SALTS Releases New and Innovative Plan to Address Salt and Nitrates in Groundwater

SNMP Policy Summaries were also developed to assist in communicating the benefits of the policy recommendations. The eight policy summaries are available here.

January 2017: Final Salt & Nitrate Management Plan (SNMP) was released by the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board for public review and comment.

Update on Status - 2015

CV-SALTS committees and consultants were very busy in early 2015.  Milestones were reached on several major technical projects, with other projects being fully completed. More information on current project status can be found on the Technical Projects Index page, located under the Committees > Technical Advisory tab.

Implementation planning, known as SSALTS (Strategic Salt Accumulation Land and Transport Study), produced a draft Phase 3 report in spring 2015.  The Phase 3 report will be finalized in coordination with the CV-SALTS Nitrate Implementation Measures Study (NIMS) by the end of 2015.   You can find the draft Phase 3 report at this link.

The CV-SALTS Initiative also began several new studies critical to the Salt and Nitrate Management Plan.  The Surveillance and Monitoring Plan (SAMP), the Nitrate Implementation Measures Study (NIMS), and the final Conceptual Model efforts are underway.  Several other studies will have finalized scopes for work to start in late 2015: economics, antidegradation analysis, and CEQA Substitute Environmental Document (SED).  The Initial Conceptual Model work is complete and found under the Committees Tab in the Technical Advisory section or Here.

Policy discussions on Surface and Groundwater issues have doubled up policy meetings during the summer. The enhanced meeting schedule will continue into the fall with more 2-day meetings.  Each month CV-SALTS business items are processed by the Executive Committee during the Administrative Call. Meeting Agendas and Notes can be found under the Committees Tab.  Outreach efforts continue, with CEQA Scoping meetings completed.  Additional outreach efforts were completed including presentations to the Regional Water Board, State Water Board, and many industry and stakeholder groups.

In January 2016 CV-SALTS participants will again present a status report on CV-SALTS to the State Board which will be shown on the State Board’s video feed.  All CV-SALTS meetings are available by conference call, and many by webinar.  You can see the Event Calendar for the meetings for summer, fall, and winter on the right hand side of each page of this site.



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