In October 2013 the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board (Central Valley Water Board or Board) held public meetings to discuss, and solicit comments and suggestions from the public, regarding the development of a Central Valley Salt and Nitrate Management Plan (SNMP) and the incorporation of components of the SNMP into Water Quality Control Plans for the Sacramento River and San Joaquin River Basins and the Tulare Lake Basin (collectively, Basin Plans).  

The purpose of this early consultation is to provide participants with background on salinity and nitrate issues within the Central Valley, an overview of the Recycled Water Policy, an overview of the potential structure of a Central Valley SNMP. The meetings also provided the public with an opportunity to provide input regarding the range of project actions, alternatives, reasonably foreseeable methods of compliance, significant and cumulative impacts, and potential mitigation measures that the Board will need to analyze in the course of developing the SNMP and associated Basin Plan amendments.

The public meetings were held in Modesto, Rancho Cordova, Colusa, and Fresno with written comments due by 31 December 2013. 

Additional supporting documents are available on the CEQA Scoping Documents page, or at the Central Valley Water Board website at: www.waterboards.ca.gov/centralvalley/water_issues/salinity/index.shtml

To continue receiving notification regarding this basin plan amendment you must subscribe to the “Salinity (CV-SALTS)” mailing list through the Central Valley Water Board webpage at: http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/resources/email_subscriptions/reg5_subscribe.shtml

Questions and comments should be directed to Jeanne Chilcott at (916) 464-4788 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.