What Do I Need to Know about CV-SALTS?
There is a growing problem with nitrates and salts accumulating in the Central Valley’s precious soil and groundwater. The CV‐SALTS program is working with a broad coalition of state regulators, agriculture, municipal, and industrial interests to provide safe drinking water and make the regulations more flexible and locally focused. If not addressed, the economic impacts of salt and nitrate on the Central Valley are estimated to exceed $3 billion per year.
In May 2018, as a result of the CV-SALTS program efforts, a new Nitrate Control Program and Salt Control Program were approved by the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board (Central Valley Water Board) as Amendments to the Basin Plans (also known as Water Quality Control Plans) for the Sacramento River and San Joaquin River Basin and the Tulare Lake Basin.
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 will begin sending out Notices to Comply for the Salt and Nitrate Control Program in March 2020.