Placer - Nevada - South Sutter - North Sacramento (PNSSNS) Subwatershed Group
PNSSNS is a group of farmers and ranchers working together to be in compliance with water quality regulations while advocating on your behalf. The PNSSNS seven member board meets monthly, reviews water quality results and regulatory policy and proposals. The PNSSNS Board may not be in favor of the regulatory policy but aims to keep our members abreast of new developments while being in compliance. The PNSSNS membership year runs from October 1st through September 30th each year.
Under the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board’s Waste Discharge Order approved March 2014, all individuals or businesses that are engaged in commercial agriculture and irrigate land for production are either required to join PNSSNS Subwatershed Group for coverage under the Order or to apply directly to the Regional Board. Individuals or businesses under the definition can apply as an individual and test the water quality and comply with the Order on their own but this is VERY expensive. Typically, if you file Schedule F on the IRS 1040 form, you are engaged in commercial agriculture. Please call PNSSNS if you have any questions.
The new Waste Discharge Order increased levels of regulations, plans and reporting requirements including a groundwater monitoring and report. This has dramatically increased the costs throughout the Sacramento Valley. PNSSNS is a 501c3 non-profit and collects money to pay for the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program as required.
Annually, all members are required to complete a NITROGEN MANAGEMENT PLAN which records nitrogen applied and the crop yield at the end of the growing season. Please keep these plans in your files. PNSSNS is not required to collect them yet. The expectation at this time is that all of south Sutter and north Sacramento growers will submit a new Farm Evaluation Plan survey with their membership renewal. Irrigated pasture is not required to submit at this time.
The Regional Water Board is actively looking for those not in compliance and sending fine letters to those people that have not joined or are not in compliance with the Waste Discharge Order.
PNSSNS provides education and outreach for best management practices with irrigation, pesticide and nutrient applications, minimizing soil erosion and protecting water quality. Additional membership applications and forms can be found on the PNSSNS website at www.cleanwaters.info. Contact PNSSNS if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or 916-645-1774.
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