Commission Submits Comments on Central Coast Water Board’s Proposed Ag Order 4.0
California Avocado Commission staff have submitted comments in response to the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board's (Board) Ag Order 4.0 Conceptual Regulatory Requirement Options. The Board’s Notice of Written Public Comment Period was opened in November 2018, and the deadline to provide written comments is 8:00 a.m., January 22, 2019.
As part of the Notice, the Board included five tables that outline options Water Board staff will present for consideration at the March 21 – 22 public hearing. These tables address the following water quality issues:
- Nitrate loading to groundwater
- Nutrient loading to surface water
- Pesticide discharges to surface and ground water
- Sediment discharges to surface water
- Protection of the riparian habitat
These new regulatory requirements would apply to all farms, including organic and Sustainability in Practice Certified farms, regardless of risk to surface or groundwater.
California avocado growers within the Central Coast Board’s region are encouraged to provide written comments as well. Comments can be sent to AgNOI@waterboards.ca.gov with a subject line: “Comments to Ag Order 4.0 Options Tables.”