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Protecting Water Quality in the Napa River and Sonoma Creek Watersheds. North Bay Watershed Council Meeting June 22, 2010. Rico Duazo WRCE. Today’s Presentation Conditional Grazing Waiver. Background Elements of Grazing Waiver Next steps. Grazing Operations. Definition:

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Protecting water quality in the napa river and sonoma creek watersheds

Protecting Water Quality in the Napa River and Sonoma Creek Watersheds

North Bay Watershed Council Meeting

June 22, 2010

Rico Duazo

WRCE


Today s presentation conditional grazing waiver
Today’s PresentationConditional Grazing Waiver

  • Background

  • Elements of Grazing Waiver

  • Next steps


Grazing operations
Grazing Operations

  • Definition:

    • Animals are fed or kept at least 45 days in any 12 month period

    • Vegetation for forage is sustained during the normal growing season

  • Eligibility:

    • > 50 acres or threat to water quality

    • No dairies


Background
Background

  • Napa River/Sonoma Creek TMDLs

  • Tomales Bay Grazing Waiver (2008)

  • Status of Proposed Waiver


Elements of the conditional grazing waiver
Elements of the Conditional Grazing Waiver

  • WaiverConditions

  • Notice of Intent/Notice of Termination

  • Ranch Plan

  • Compliance Monitoring & Reporting


Waiver conditions
Waiver Conditions

  • Minimize water pollution from sediment, pathogens, and nutrients

    • Manage manure to avoid runoff to waterbodies

    • Manage animal use areas


Waiver conditions1
Waiver Conditions

  • Manage ranch roads to prevent erosion

  • Manage grazing to eliminate additional erosion from gullies

  • Design and manage animal crossings eliminate polluted runoff


Ranch plan
Ranch Plan

Map and inventory of physical features

Inventory of animals on the property

Detailed description of practices you will take to reduce polluted runoff

Implementation schedule


Compliance monitoring reporting
Compliance Monitoring & Reporting

  • No Water Sampling

  • Visual Inspections

    • 2X during dry season

    • Monthly during wet season

    • Before and after anticipated storm event

  • Annual Certification


Next steps
Next Steps

  • Draft Waiver Conditions and supporting documents – late 2010

  • Public review and written comments – early 2011

  • Meet with individuals or groups to discuss draft, if requested – spring 2011

  • Water Board hearing for waiver approval – summer 2011


For more information
For more information…

Rico Duazo

(510) 622-2340

[email protected]

Tomales Bay Waiver

http://www.swrcb.ca.gov/rwqcb2/board_decisions/adopted_orders/2008/R2-2008-0054.pdf


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