When a permittee chooses to participate in the P&O Study under Option 2 – Alternative Option for Salt Permitting, they will be required to pay an annual fee to support the study. In general, P&O study participants must maintain current permit performance levels but will be allowed to defer more stringent and costly permitting requirements until such requirements are reevaluated after completion of the Phase 1 P&O Study, and Phase 2 of the Salt Control Program is implemented.

Fees are set by the Central Valley Salinity Coalition (CVSC) who have representation of many industry and community permittees. The fees vary by Permit Type/Industry category. Most small dischargers have a minimal fee of a few hundred dollars, large dischargers have higher fees. For a chart showing fees, click here. Please note that once Notices to Comply are to be issued, a link will be added here to take permittees to the webpage to pay their fee.

CV-SALTS previously prepared the Strategic Salt Accumulation Land and Transportation Study (SSALTS) to identify and evaluate salt management strategies. Using the SSALTS findings as a foundation, the P&O Study will evaluate existing conditions, policies, and engineering alternatives to identify salt management projects and actions to achieve salt sustainability in the Central Valley.

The P&O Study will begin in early 2021 and be completed in 10 to 15 years.

The P&O study includes the following:

  • Evaluate existing conditions by hydrologic region, sources of salinity, and the impact of state and federal policies that affect the management of salt in surface and ground waters.
  • Identify the types and locations of physical projects and develop conceptual designs for preferred projects. Physical projects could include regulated brine line(s), salt sinks, regional and/or subregional de‐salters, recharge areas, deep well injection, and others. 
  • Identify non‐physical actions and begin implementation. These actions may include changes in water supply, use, and management, as well as changes in salt management policies, practices, or regulations.
  • Identify governance structure(s) and seek state and federal funding for preferred physical projects.
  • Determine if Basin Plan amendments are necessary to support the implementation of Phases 2 and 3 of the Salt Control Program.

To learn more about the Salinity Control Program and permitting options, click here.