Comments are due by 5 pm Friday August 18, 2023
Hello concerned neighbor,
The L.A. Regional Water Quality Control Board (LARWQCB) is accepting public comment in regard to Waste Discharge Requirements for discharges from Irrigated Agricultural Lands. They are accepting comments from the public. Your support is necessary to show the public interest to move toward creating and maintaining a clean water environment in our backyard(s), including the water quality of The Channel Islands Harbor, The Edison Canal, and the Landside drainage that flows 4 1/2 miles from the agricultural areas to the ocean.
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LA Regional Water Quality Control Board Public Comment due by 5:00 pm on August 18. 2023
August 15, 2023
Subject: Public Comment for Waste Discharge Requirement R4-2023-xxxx for discharges from Irrigated Agricultural Lands
Thank you for this opportunity to provide Public Comments on the proposed WDR for Requirements for Discharges from Irrigated Agricultural Lands. We agree with the requirements of the Monitoring and Reporting Plan (MRP) to:
- assess the impacts of waste discharges from irrigated agricultural lands on waters of the state,
- evaluate the effectiveness of management practices to control waste discharges,
- track progress in reducing the amount of waste discharged to waters of the state to improve water quality and protect beneficial uses, and
- assess compliance with water quality limitations, where applicable.
Farmers and ranchers that pollute must be accountable for verifying that they are achieving water quality standards to protect the environment and public health.
This accountability is essential to incentivize growers to make the investments that are needed to implement effective BMPs (Best Management Practices) ensuring water quality targets are achieved.
Since NRG blocked the north end of Edison Canal in 2018 contaminants must travel 4.5 miles by thousands of homes to the ocean at the harbor entrance. Harbor water quality has been degraded.
Farmers and ranchers must be contributors to the remediation solutions for Oxnard Coastal and Channel Islands Harbor Subwatershed Responsibility Areas.
The WDR needs to provide compelling incentives or consequences for achieving compliance with water quality limitations, where applicable.
We look forward to collaborating with the Regional Board and VCAILG as this WDR process moves forward. These elements are essential to protect the Region’s valuable water resources.
Thank you for your consideration.
Oxnard ,CA 93035
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