Who We Are
The Central Coast Groundwater Coalition (CCGC) is an organization founded in July 2013 to represent landowners and growers who operate in Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties. CCGC is forming 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. In October 2013, CCGC began accepting memberships from landowners and growers in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties, as well as the portion of Ventura County in Region 3, in preparation for the Regional Board Executive Officer’s expected approval of their inclusion in the program.
Our Coverage 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. A key component of the plan is sampling drinking water wells of selected CCGC members. That information will be compiled into a report with contour maps developed to characterize groundwater quality throughout the region.
How We Operate
CCGC is managed by an 11-13 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.