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2017 Groundwater Monitoring

Who We Are

The Central Coast Groundwater Coalition (CCGC) was founded in July 2013 to represent landowners and growers who operate in Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties, as well as the northern portion of Ventura County in Region 3,  CCGC is a non-profit 501(c)5 mutual benefit organization whose primary function is to fulfill groundwater quality regulatory requirements in the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program (ILRP) of the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board.

Our Coverage Area

Northern Area
Southern Area

How We Started

In January 2013, a group of agricultural interests began developing a coalition monitoring plan in response to ILRP requirements for groundwater monitoring. The agricultural groups included Grower-Shipper Association of Central California, Western Growers and the Farm Bureaus of Monterey, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara and San Benito counties. The plan was adopted by the Regional Water Board on July 11, 2013. A key component of the plan is sampling drinking water wells for CCGC members. On June 25, 2015, CCGC submitted to the Regional Water Board a groundwater characterization report that included comprehensive contour maps that illustrated groundwater quality throughout the region in 2013 and 2014.

How We Operate

CCGC is managed by an 10 member board of directors made up of landowners and growers from the region. The Executive Director, Parry Klassen, is a fruit grower who also manages the East San Joaquin Water Quality Coalition (www.esjcoalition.org) based in the Central Valley. Funding to fulfill ILRP requirements comes from member dues and private contributions.