Update on Status - 2020

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 sent out Notices to Comply for the Nitrate Control Program in late May 2020. The estimated date for the mail out of the Notices to Comply for the Salt Control Program is currently late Summer/Early Fall 2020.

Over the last decade, the Central Valley Salinity Coalition (CVSC) has worked side-by-side with the Regional Water Board to prepare the January 2017 Salt and Nitrate Management Plan (SNMP) – the basis for the new Regional Water Board Salt and Nitrate Control Program. For a quick overview of the SNMP and Basin Plan amendment process download our CV-SALTS BROCHURE. For information on individual policies visit the Public Education and Outreach page.  Regulated entities and individuals who wish to learn more about the changes in Nitrate and Salt compliance should visit the CV-SALTS Public Information page.

Update on Status - 2019

On October 16, 2019 the State Water Resources Control Board (RESOLUTION NO. 2019-0057) voted to approve the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board’s (Central Valley Water Board’s) amendments to the Sacramento and San Joaquin Basin Plan and the Tulare Lake Basin Plan to incorporate a Central Valley-wide Salt and Nitrate Control Program (Salt and Nitrate Control Program).  The Basin Plan amendments were adopted by the Central Valley Water Board on May 31, 2018 (RESOLUTION R5-2018- 0034). 

The Salt and Nitrate Control Program provides a new framework for the Regional Water Board to regulate salt and nitrate, while also ensuring a safe drinking water supply. The amendments represent the most significant changes in decades to the regulation of salts and nitrates in the surface and ground waters of Central Valley. With these amendments, the Regional Water Board will be able to ensure safe drinking water in affected areas and offer greater flexibility for discharger compliance. The approval is a monumental milestone for water quality in the Central Valley, bringing much needed progress toward improved surface and ground water quality.

Over the last decade, the Central Valley Salinity Coalition (CVSC) has worked side-by-side with the Regional Water Board to prepare the January 2017 Salt and Nitrate Management Plan (SNMP) – the basis for the new Regional Water Board Salt and Nitrate Control Program. For a quick overview of the SNMP and Basin Plan amendment process download our CV-SALTS BROCHURE. For information on individual policies visit the Public Education and Outreach page.  Regulated entities and individuals who wish to learn more about the changes in Nitrate and Salt compliance should visit the CV-SALTS Public Information page.

Update on Status - 2018

January  2018: The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board will hold a Public Workshop on January 19, 2018.  The Workshop is to discuss sections of the 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 materials are posted on the Board's website.  Hearings on these amendments are scheduled for March 12, and May 31 for consideration of adoption.

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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