Regulations such as the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program and the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act will place significant burden on California citrus growers. CCM is the industry’s advocate for balanced policies that protect the environment that don’t jeopardize a grower’s economic sustainability.
Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program
The Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program regulates farmland discharges to surface and ground waters of the State. CCM is actively involved in the development of reporting requirements and procedures that provide assurances to the regulators that practices are protective of surface and ground water, while at the same time are practical and reasonable for growers to comply with.
Sustainable Groundwater Management Act
Groundwater sustainability cannot be achieved unless California invests in more water storage and the state and federal water regulations see real reform. Asking agriculture to reduce groundwater pumping while simultaneously eliminating surface water allocations is not sustainable for groundwater levels or food production in the state.
In 2014 Governor Brown signed into law the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. CCM is closely monitoring the implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act to ensure water rights are maintained and regularly and cost burdens are minimal.