Coalition Will Test Groundwater on Central Coast
From the California Farm Bureau Federation Ag Alert weekly newspaper:
“To increase understanding of groundwater quality and how Central Coast aquifers work, farmers and ranchers in four counties have formed a coalition for cooperative well-water testing to share costs and reporting requirements. The new organization provides services to landowners and growers in Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties, intended to assist with regulatory compliance.
“Cooperative organizers—including Farm Bureaus in the four counties, the Grower-Shipper Association of Central California and Western Growers—said testing services meet reporting requirements under the 2012 Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program adopted by the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board. The cooperative’s funding to meet program requirements comes from member dues.
“Early participation estimates suggest owners of as many as 150,000 acres could join the water quality testing effort, which will be known as the Central Coast Groundwater Coalition.”