San Joaquin Farm Bureau Federation




Farm Bureau’s General Approach to Water

Farm Bureau Supports:

  • Increased surface storage
  • Protecting local water supplies and quality for the production of agricultural commodities
  • Supports water conveyance improvements via “through Delta” methods
  • An integrated approach to groundwater management
  • Local governance on water issues
  • The intertie project for the state and federal water systems
  • Regional self sufficiency concepts
  • Supports alternatives to be studied outside of existing BDCP proposals

Farm Bureau Opposes:

  • Isolated conveyance in the Delta
  • Surrendering water rights to State/Federal agencies due to habitat mitigation



Many of you have received your assessments from the coalition and have noticed that the price is now $5.50/ acre. The reason for the increase in fees is because the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board adopted the waste discharge requirements for our area in March. Under the order that was adopted, the irrigated lands program was expanded to require groundwater quality monitoring and new reporting requirements that include a nitrogen management plan, an annual nitrogen summary, a farm management plan and a sediment and erosion control plan if your farm is in a high vulnerability area. Thus, the cost of administering the program has increased as well.

Growers have two options, the first is to join or remain in the coalition. Under this program your data is aggregated and reported to the CVWB on a township basis and the coalition will continue to monitor water quality.

The second option is to receive your own WDR from the CVWB. This would make you individually responsible for reporting to the CVWB and for all of the water quality monitoring.

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As always, I am happy to answer any questions you may have. Please do not hesitate to contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (209) 931-4931.