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Public Workshop Implementation and Enforcement of Nutrient TMDLs for Lake Elsinore and Canyon Lake CA Regional Water Quality Control Board (Regional Water.

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1 Public Workshop Implementation and Enforcement of Nutrient TMDLs for Lake Elsinore and Canyon Lake CA Regional Water Quality Control Board (Regional Water Board) Western Riverside County Agricultural Coalition (WRCAC) June, 2012

2 Presentation Outline Regional Water Board –Nutrient TMDLs for Lake Elsinore and Canyon Lake –Agricultural Operator Requirements –Water Code Letter Western Riverside County Ag Coalition Questions and Answers

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4 Lake Elsinore/Canyon Lake Water Quality Problems Severe Algal blooms Sometimes Massive fish kills Cause of WQ Problems: Excessive phosphorus and nitrogen loads Depletion of Oxygen

5 What did Regional Board do about it? Listed Lake Elsinore and Canyon Lake on Clean Water Act, 303(d) list of Impaired Waters in 1994, 1998 and 2002 In 2004, adopted nutrient (phosphorus and nitrogen) pollution control plans or TMDLs for both Lakes Regional Board staff having been working with Stakeholders on the implementation of the TMDLs

6 Lake Elsinore/Canyon Lake TMDL Goals Parameter Compliance Date Total Phosphorus 2020 Total Nitrogen 2020 Ammonia Nitrogen 2020 Chlorophyll a 2015, 2020 Dissolved Oxygen 2015, 2020 Discharger Responsibilities Reduce Loads by 2020: Total Phosphorus, Total Nitrogen Assigned to: Urban RunoffSeptic Systems AgricultureRecycled Water CAFOInternal Sediment Forest Lands Nutrient reductions

7 Allocations 8,691 kg/yr Canyon Lake – Phosphorus Loads Existing Loads 13,558 kg/yr Ag

8 Agricultural Owner Requirements 1. On-going Monitoring Program  Watershed-wide Monitoring Plan  L. Elsinore, Canyon L. Monitoring Plan  Annual report – due August of each year 2. Agricultural Nutrient Management Plan  Draft submitted Dec  Final due July 2012  Implementation required  Land owner is responsible for meeting requirements

9 California Water Code Sections and Enforcement tools to ensure TMDL compliance regarding technical and monitoring reports “…Any person/agency who has discharged, discharges, or is suspected of having discharged, or discharging, or who proposes to discharge waste,…, shall furnish… Failing to submit the reports may warrant monetary penalty of up to $1,000 per day By joining Western Riv. County Ag Coalition, requirements met = no enforcement

10 Agricultural Owner Requirements TMDL/Ag requirements can be met by a. Undertaking monitoring and Nutrient Management Plan development and implementation on your own OR b. Becoming a member of WRCAC

11 Responsible Stakeholders US Forest Service: –San Bernardino and Cleveland National Forest Management Zones March Air Reserve Base and March JPA State of California – Department of Fish and Game – Department of Transportation County of Riverside –Flood Control and Water Conservation District –DAMP Program Co-permittees including: City of Beaumont City of Lake Elsinore City of Perris City of Canyon Lake City of Moreno Valley City of Riverside City of Hemet City of MurrietaCity of San Jacinto Water Agencies: –Eastern Municipal Water District –Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District Agriculture: – UC Cooperative Extension – Concentrated Animal Feeding Operators – Agricultural Operators – Farm Bureau

12 Next Steps for Ag Owners Work with Western Riverside County Ag Coalition (WRCAC); commit to work with/provide funding to WRCAC to meet TMDL requirements

13 Exemption Process If there are no agricultural practices occurring on your property, you can seek an exemption to these requirements  WRCAC will conduct exemption analysis  All exemptions are only good until next assessment cycle in 3-4 years.  WRCAC presentation to provide additional information


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