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.
Before full implementation of the Nitrate Control Program and Salt Control Program can begin in 2020, following the approval of the amendments to the Basin Plans from the State Water Resources Control Board on October 16, 2019, the Office of Administrative Law also must approve the amendments (anticipated early 2020). Additionally, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approval is needed for specific parts of the Basin Plan Amendments.