San Diego Water Board Stepping Up Enforcement of Commercial Agriculture Regulatory Program Enrollment
The San Diego Regional Water Quality Board (SD RWQB) announced that it is stepping up enforcement against growers who have not enrolled in a third-party group for the Commercial Agriculture Regulatory Program. SD RWQB noted it sent 128 enforcement letters in September, will send at least 100 more letters in October and will continue to do so until all non-compliant growers have been notified that they are subject to enforcement action and penalties (a fine of up to $1,000 per day).
All farms, nurseries, orchards and vineyards that produce a crop with the intent to make a profit are required to enroll. If any one of the following is true, a grower must enroll. If the grower:
- Files IRS Form 1040 Schedule F with federal taxes
- Receives agricultural water use rate or variance
- Has a pesticide use permit or identification number
Growers can enroll as an individual (fee is $50) or as part of a Third-Party Group. Third-Party Group members receive a reduced annual permit fee, share sampling and reporting costs and gain assistance with enrollment, document uploads and compliance. Farm bureau members in San Diego and Orange County can enroll in the San Diego Regional Irrigated Lands Group.