Why Join the Groundwater Coalition?
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Easy to Comply

Joining the CCGC is easy, effective and efficient.  For the 2017-2020 plan, CCGC was able to negotiate a groundwater monitoring plan for its members that provides added time to complete monitoring of their primary irrigation well and domestic wells.

If a member’s well was previously sampled by CCGC, only an analysis for nitrate (or nitrate + nitrite) is needed.  If a well has not been previously sampled, the first sample needs a complete set of ILRP constituents (pH, EC, TDS, Alkalinity, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Sodium, Chloride, Sulfate, and Nitrate); the second sample needs only a nitrate (or nitrate + nitrite) analysis.

If a member’s domestic well was previously identified by CCGC as having a nitrogen exceedance, and users were notified, the member need only confirm that occupants’ notification is current. 

For new members, if there is an exceedance of the Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for nitrate in a domestic well sample, the member will be notified by CCGC and required to alert users of the risk associated with using water with high nitrates. The member will need to notify the CCGC of when and how this notification was done in addition to supplying information about any replacement water actions.  CCGC tracks follow-up with members and well users.

Setting the Stage with Sound Science

The CCGC created an accurate characterization of the Central Coast groundwater aquifers with science-based, consistent, aggregated reporting.  This program’s findings provided agriculture with a basis of understanding and scientific background for the next ILRP developed by the Regional Water Board.  Additionally, the data points collected for the report were chosen based on their accuracy and ability to effectively characterize the aquifer. Good data = smart policy.

For the next General Order about to begin development by the Regional Water Board, CCGC is an important organization to have at the table as negotiations begin in 2017.  This new order, called “4.0,” is due to be adopted in 2020.

CCGC has earned a solid reputation with the Regional Water Board by completing its groundwater characterization report and domestic well monitoring requirements on schedule, sampling more than 1,000 wells from 2013 to 2016.  CCGC has proven its ability to work with landowners and growers to complete regulatory obligations in a timely fashion. All this by a start-up organization created by Central Coast growers in July 2013.

We ask for your support in 2017 to keep CCGC as a viable organization representing your interests and assisting members to fulfill ILRP requirements on the Central Coast.