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  • Proposed rules on water quality may overwhelm farmers

    Christine Souza, California Farm Bureau|Updated Jun 6, 2024

    Farmers in San Diego County say proposed water quality regulations that establish updated general waste discharge requirements for commercial agricultural operations are burdensome, costly and duplicate work by growers participating in other regulatory programs. Tasked with protecting water quality, the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board on March 29 released a proposed draft that creates new monitoring and reporting requirements for nitrogen applications and remova...

  • Steelhead protections could bring new water restrictions

    Christine Souza, California Farm Bureau|Updated May 18, 2024

    A state determination that Southern California steelhead trout merit additional protections could mean tighter water restrictions, according to agricultural groups and water districts. California Farm Bureau environmental policy analyst Justin Fredrickson said strengthening protections for the Southern California steelhead under the California Endangered Species Act "is going to ratchet things up regulatorily for affected water users." Though actions to protect steelhead will...