The Tule Basin Water Quality Coalition was formed to help growers comply with the new regulations as economically and efficiently as possible.
The Boundary covers the southern portion of Tulare County and a small portion of the Delano Earlimart Irrigation District that is within Kern County. The purpose of the TBWQC is to fulfill the requirements and conditions of the Waste Discharge Requirements General Order No. R5-2013-0120 and the associated, Monitoring and Reporting Program, Order R5-2013-0100 .
In 2003, the Southern San Joaquin Valley Water Quality Coalition (SSJVWQC) began representation of growers within the entire Tulare Lake Basin for implementation of General Order R5-2011-0032. With the adoption of this General Order, the TBWQC was created to provide Third-Party representation of growers located only in the Tule Basin watershed of the Tulare Lake Basin.
The TBWQC was created as a special project of the Deer Creek and Tule River Authority (DCTRA). The DCTRA has been the member agency that participated in the SSJVWQC as the representative of the Tule River sub-watershed, and is familiar with the Waiver requirements for the surface water monitoring program previously implemented. The DCTRA provides leadership and the Board for the TBWQC, but provides no financial assistance; all expenses of the TBWQC are paid for the TBWQC landowners.
The TBWQC filed a Notice of Applicability to be the Third Party and was approved by the Regional Water Quality Control Board on February 4, 2014.
Do you have….
If you have both Irrigated lands and used for commercial purposes, then the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program (ILRP) requires you to act.
WHY SIGN UP WITH THE COALITION?
Tule Basin Water Quality Coalition is a Third-Party to represent you, and help you comply with Water board requirements. The Coalition provides customer service to ensure members are aware and complying to requirements set by the General Order of the ILRP.
Joining the TBWQC is voluntary, if the Coalition isn’t the best option for you, we suggest you consider the following options:
WHAT IF I DO NOTHING?
Failure to obtain regulatory coverage will result in the Central Valley Water Board assessing an administrative civil liability against you. Administrative civil liability can run as high as $1,000 per day for every day of violation. Our staff is available to assist you in obtaining the proper regulatory coverage. Or, you can contact Irrigated Lands staff by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at (916) 464-4611.
If you as a grower decide to join, Download the applicable file below:
We will assist you in the process of signing up and will work to answer any questions you may have.
New 2016-2017 Fiscal Year costs are as follows:
Each year, landowners can adjust and update irrigated acres to reflect your farming practice for future year.
On September 19, 2013, the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board (Regional Board) adopted new waste discharge requirements to protect ground and surface water from irrigated agricultural discharges for the Tulare Lake Basin area. Growers who irrigate agricultural lands for commercial purposes within the Tulare Lake Basin area must either join the Coalition their property is within (map link here) or obtain coverage individually. For more information, visit the Regional Board website at the links below.
Click the link above to access a copy of the General Order for the TBWQC
Click the link above to access a copy of the General Order for Individuals that decide not to join a coalition (r5-2013-0100)
This state waterboard website provides additional background information and resources.
Board includes the members of the Irrigation Districts
David Gisler, Dir
Porterville Irrigation District
Russel Schott, Dir
Director, Pixley Irrigation District
Gary Fernandes, Dir
Lower Tule River Irrigation District
Steve Drumright, Dir
Vandalia Irrigation District
Robert McCloskey, Dir
Saucaelito Irrigation District
Brent Doyel, Dir
Terra Bella Irrigation District
Dave Sherwood, Dir
Tea Pot Dome Irrigation District
Advisory Committee meets Monthly on the second Friday
TBWQC board member rep.
Vincent Sola, Jr.
TBWQC Board Rep.
TBWQC board rep.
Technical Committee meets Monthly on the second Friday
TBWQC Coordinator, Quality Control
Stephanie Mapuas / 85K Laboratories
Water Quality Analysis
David De Groot
TBWQC Overall Technical Lead
SSJP MPEP Coordinator
TBWQC CGQMP Lead
Grower Outreach and Education
A group of agricultural interests and growers formed to represent all “dischargers” who own or operate irrigated lands in the Tule Basin region. See this map for the coalition boundaries.
Tulare Lake Basin Area has about 3,000,000 acres of irrigated cropland that is regulated by the Regional Water Quality Control Board as of September 19, 2013.
Call the Regulators for more information about potential consequences – 559‐488‐4396.
Other Coalitions Example: (East San Joaquin Water Quality Coalition).
As of 3 June 2014, your obtainment of regulatory coverage is 342 days overdue. The maximum penalty for the violation described above is three hundred forty‐two thousand dollars ($342,000) based on a calculation of the total number of per‐day violations times the statutory maximum penalty (342 total days of violation multiplied by $1,000). The Assistant Executive Officer of the Central Valley Water Board intends to issue a Complaint seeking an administrative civil liability assessment against you in the amount of two thousand eight hundred eighty dollars ($2,880) for this violation. This recommended penalty amount is based on information contained in the Central Valley Water Board’s files and takes into account the factors set forth in the State Water Resources Control Board’s Water Quality Enforcement Policy, including your culpability, cleanup and cooperation, history of violations, ability to pay and continue in business, and other factors as justice may require.
Water Quality, not Supply
The Regional Water Quality Control Board has stated that if you irrigate crops for commercial purposes, you are a potential discharger and subject to this new law.
You can join by completing the form online (coming soon) and paying your initial assessment or by downloading the application and mailing in your signed application and initial assessment (New Member Application).
The cost for the 2016-2017 fiscal year is $4/acre plus a $100 administration fee, which includes paying the State Water Resources Control Board Fee of $0.75/acre.
The Coalition is responsible to complete
You must file a Notice on Intent with the Regional Board to participate in the conditional waiver as an individual. The cost for filing as an individual discharger can be considerable. The California Farm Bureau Federation estimates start up costs and monitoring for an individual waiver at $10,000 for the first year and $3000 to $6000 annually thereafter for monitoring and reporting.
A Board of Directors made up of Board Members from the local irrigation districts (see full list here).
An Advisory Committee to handle day‐to‐day items made up of some Board Members and At‐Large Landowners
The Coalition is a Special Project of the Deer Creek and Tule River Joint Powers Authority
The individual members of the coalition. Failure of the coalition to meet deadlines, develop the proper monitoring programs or work to correct water quality problems would mean that individual land owners would be responsible for fulfilling those requirements. While Stanislaus County Farm Bureau and CURES representatives signed the notice of intent for the coalition, it is the coalition participants who are ultimately responsible for participating in coalition activities and paying their fair share of all costs to carry out the conditional waiver program.
The Coalition is responsible to complete Surface Water Monitoring Reports and sampling, Groundwater Quality Reports and sampling, public outreach, management plans, and help establish best management practices for different crops and irrigation practices. The cost for the TBWQC from 2014-2015 was $5/acre. Starting in 2016 the cost decreased to $4/acre.
The cost includes paying the State Water Resources Control Board Fee of $0.75/acre.
Land owner participants must agree to allow Regional Board staff, upon reasonable notification, access onto their property to determine compliance with the conditions of the waiver. Individuals are free to withdraw from the coalition at any time and obtain an individual waiver from the Regional Board.
Note on the Water Board form that this land is “Not Farmed – Not Irrigated” and return to the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board, 1685 E Street, Fresno, CA 93706. Replying directly on the Water Board form will provide the Water Board with your Tracking Number and Parcel Numbers. Keep a copy for your records, and sign and date the form.
No- joining is voluntary, but compliance with the General Order is mandatory.
No: Water Quality, not supply.
Ask for a refund or a returned check from the incorrect Third-Party.