Resources

Providing Coalition members with up-to-date and informative materials

Member Forms/Templates

Farm Evaluation Survey Template
Farm Evaluation Survey Template
Farm Evaluation Survey Template
Click the link to access the Farm Evaluation Survey Template
Nitrogen Management Plan and Summary Report
Nitrogen Management Plan and Summary Report
Nitrogen Management Plan and Summary Report
Click the link to download the Nitrogen Management Plan & Summary Report
Sediment & Erosion Template
Sediment & Erosion Template
Sediment & Erosion Template
Click the link to access the Sediment & Erosion Control Plan Template

Nitrogen Management Resources

Regulatory Requirements

The Nitrogen Management Planning requirement began on March 23, 2015 for members in High Vulnerability Areas (60 or more irrigated acres).  For Small Farming Operations (less than 60 irrigated acres) and Low Vulnerability Areas the requirement to have a plan on-farm is March 1, 2017.

Nitrogen Management Plan & Summary Report

Download the Nitrogen Management Plan Template. The Excel worksheets include 10 NMP Worksheets and an auto generated NMP Summary Report.

Nitrogen Management Plan Technical Advisory Work Group

The Nitrogen Management Plan Technical Advisory Work Group (NMP TAWG) developed guidance for growers to use when completing the NMP Worksheet and also provided input on the appropriate method for determining “N Removed”.

Management Practices Evaluation Program

The Management Practices Evaluation Program (MPEP) is a significant component of the regulatory requirements approved by the Central Valley Water Board.  In order to implement this requirement in a scientifically sound and cost effective manner, the Kings River Coalition has partnered with 6 other coalitions to form the Southern San Joaquin Valley MPEP Committee.

The MPEP is designed to evaluate the impacts to groundwater quality coming from current farm practices and refine those practices (if necessary) in order to meet water quality standards.  The best way to reduce impacts to groundwater quality are to implement best management practices that are specific for each individual farming operation.

Member Deadlines

Updated on December 4, 2014. Old deadlines are stricken, replacements underlined.

Farm Evaluation Survey

Vulnerability Farm Size Due Date Notes
High All 1 March 2015 2016 Report delayed one year. Annual Requirement.
Low Large * 1-Mar-16 Report every 5 years
Low Small ** 1-Mar-18 Report every 5 years

Nitrogen Management Plans (NMP)

Vulnerability Farm Size Completion Date Notes
High Large * 1 March 2015 Certification delayed until 1 March 2016. Annual Requirement.
High Small ** 1-Mar-17 Certification needed in 2017. Annual Requirement.
Low All 1-Mar-17 No Certification Needed. Annual Requirement.

NMP Summary Reports

Vulnerability Farm Size Due Date Notes
High Large * 1 March 2016 2017 Report delayed one year. Annual Requirement.
High Small ** 1-Mar-18 Annual Requirement.
Low All N/A Reporting not currently required in Low Vulnerability Areas.

Sediment and Erosion Control Plans

Vulnerability Farm Size Completion Date Notes
SDEAR*** Large * April 3, 2016 Plan maintained on farm and not submitted to Coalition.
SDEAR*** Small ** October 6, 2016 Plan maintained on farm and not submitted to Coalition.

* Large Farms – 60 irrigated acres or greater

** Small Farming Operations – farming operations that farm less than 60 total acres of irrigated land within the Tulare Lake Basin Area. A parcel is not a small farming operation if the total acres of irrigated land within the Tulare Lake Basin Area managed by the farming operation and any of its Subsidiary or Affiliated Operations is 60 acres or greater.

*** All farms identified in the Sediment Discharge and Erosion Assessment Report

Maps

Prior to joining the KRWQC, please verify that each parcel you own is within the KRWQC Boundary by viewing the map below. You can search by property address for your property to help you identify whether your property is within the KRWQC Boundary. The Second Map is a map of the entire Tulare Lake Basin, which identifies each of the approved Coalitions and their website. You can search on this map to identify which other Coalition your property might be within. Please note that you can only join the Coalition of which your property is within.

Kings River Water Quality Coalition Boundary
Kings River Water Quality Coalition Boundary
Kings River Water Quality Coalition Boundary
Regional Map
Regional Map
Regional Map
The Regional Map contains the areas covered by all the other regional water quality coalitions.
High Vulnerability Areas Map
High Vulnerability Areas Map
High Vulnerability Areas Map
The Nitrogen Management Planning requirement begins on March 23, 2015 for members in High Vulnerability Areas that farm 60 or more irrigated acres.

News & Events

Stay up to date.

For those already with Self-Certification, three additional hours are required within three years of initial Self-Certification Class. March 29, Parlier at UC Kearney Ag Extension, Nectarine Room – (120 seats available) RSVP is required, please RSVP by going to kingsriverwqc.org/NMPEd

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For those members still interested in self-certifying your Nitrogen Management Plan (NMP), the Coalition has additional NMP training courses. After successful completion of the test, you will have the ability to certify your Nitrogen Management Plan. Only those who have the nutrient management responsibility on the member’s farm should attend the training. October 24, Selma at […]

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If you have been notified that you require a Sediment and Erosion Control Plan (SECP) and are interested in self-certifying, the Kings River Coalition has scheduled a SECP Grower Self-Certification Training Course for Friday, May 26, at the U.C. Kearney Research and Extension Center in Parlier. RSVP is required, please RSVP by going to kingsriverwqc.org/secptraining

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Upcoming Events

Dec
19
Tue
Board of Directors Meeting @ Kings River Water Association Board Room
Dec 19 @ 11:20 am

This is to notify you of the Meeting of the Board of Directors of the Kings River Watershed Coalition Authority to be held Tuesday, December 19, 2017, in the offices of the Kings River Water Association/Kings River Conservation District.  The meeting will begin at 11:20 AM., or immediately following the Kings River Water Association Executive Committee meeting.

FAQ

Frequently asked questions.

What is the Coalition?

The Kings River Water Quality Coalition is a non-profit joint powers agency established by the irrigation districts in the Kings River service area. It is governed by a board of directors of landowners from each of the districts. Staffing of the Coalition is administered through an agreement with the Kings River Conservation District located in Fresno. The Coalition was formed in 2009 in order to allow growers withing the region a cost-effective avenue to comply with the regulations developed by the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board. The Coalition conducts regional monitoring and reporting and assists members in compliance with regulations. The Coalition is not a regulatory agency. Enforcement of the ILRP is handled by the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board.

What are the member dues and what will the membership dues be spent on?

The costs are $2.15/acre plus a $26 administration fee, which includes paying the State Water Resources Control Board Fee of $0.75/acre.

The Coalition is responsible to implement the following on behalf of the individual members

  • Representative Surface Water Quality Monitoring
  • Representative Groundwater Quality Monitoring
  • Aggregation and Summary Reporting of management practices and nitrogen management
  • Identification of the impacts to groundwater quality from members’ operations through implementation of the Management Practices Evaluation Program
  • Implementation of a Groundwater Quality Management Plan designed to improve current groundwater quality
  • Extensive Member Outreach and Education
What if you don’t join the Coalition?

Irrigated lands can be covered under an individual discharge permit. The fees charged by the State Water Resources Control Board for individual coverage are significantly more than the fees charged to coalitions. Also, the individual will be expected to implement the monitoring and reporting requirements of the permit. Currently, these fees are expected to be $750 per farm plus $5.00 per acre per year, payable directly to the Regional Board. Laboratory monitoring costs, potential installation of monitoring wells, and other regulatory requirements will only add to this cost.

Failure to participate in the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program, either as a member of a coalition or as an individual will subject the landowner to administrative penalties by the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board under California Water Code section 13267.

Do I report APN Acres or Irrigated Acres?

Report irrigated acres within each parcel not your house, shed, roads, etc. We still need the parcel numbers reported but not the parcel acres.

Is joining a Third-Party mandatory?

No – joining is voluntary, but compliance with the General Order is mandatory under the regulation. All irrigated operations must join a coalition for coverage or get an individual permit through the Regional Board. Irrigated lands that are currently permitted under the dairy order, or any other Regional Board permit is not subject to this General Order.

I’m in the process of purchasing additional farmland, what do I do?

Current members can add or subtract additional parcels upon sale, purchase, or transfer of additional farmland. Notify the Coalition to update your membership once a transfer is complete.

Why should I participate in a Coalition?

The Regional Water Quality Control Board regulates all discharges of waste and requires all irrigated agriculture in the Central Valley to obtain regulatory coverage and conduct monitoring and reporting. This can be done on an individual farm basis by obtaining an individual permit directly with the Regional Board or by joining the Coalition group which conducts regional monitoring and aggregates reporting to the Regional Board. The Coalition also conducts education and outreach and assists members in complying with the Regional Board’s regulation. Complying with the regulation through the Coalition is the most cost-effective option for growers. Growers pay a reduced State fee through the Coalition and monitoring and reporting costs are substantially more if growers were to obtain an individual permit.

Who can join the Coalition?

Either a landowner or operator can join the coalition and enroll parcels in our service area for regulatory coverage (see Boundaries section for more details on our service area). It is important that all parcels be covered by either the landowner or the operator. Both do not have to enroll and the coalition will only allow coverage by one entity. The open enrollment period for our Coalition ended May 19, 2014. Growers can still join the Coalition, but additional steps are required by the Regional Board in order complete the membership process. Additional details on these requirements are under the Join Coalition tab of the website.

What should I expect under the General Order?

The General Order covers discharges to both surface water and groundwater and makes no distinction between the two for regulatory coverage. All members will be required to prepare and submit a Farm Evaluation Plan, a Nutrient Management Plan, and, if applicable, a Sediment and Erosion Control Plan. The requirements for implementation, preparing and submitting these plans vary depending on the collective size of the farming operations (above or below 60 total acres) and whether the parcels are located in a high- or low-vulnerability area. Members will be required to participate in education and outreach events concerning water quality. Either an electronic or hard copy of the General Order must be maintained where farm records are kept.

The Coalition will identify vulnerable areas when it prepares a Groundwater Assessment Report (GAR). The GAR will include a comprehensive study of available groundwater data, soil conditions, and other factors that potentially lead to the leaching of unused agricultural chemicals into groundwater. High vulnerability areas are regions where nitrates exceed the maximum contaminant level (under drinking water standard) for groundwater, while low vulnerability areas are areas where the risk to groundwater is reduced. The determination of the high and low vulnerability areas should occur approximately one year after the adoption date of the General Order, which occured on September 19, 2013. While the Coalition prepares this report, final determination of High and Low Vulnerable Areas will be subject to approval from the Regional Board.

Under the General Order, all members will be required to submit a Farm Management Plan. The Coalition will provide all members with a template for the plan. The plan will be submitted to the Coalition and the member will maintain an on-farm copy for Regional Board inspection, if requested.

The Coalition will summarize the information in the Farm Evaluations received from members and submit a summary report to the Regional Board. The summary report will not include parcel- or member-specific information. If your lands fall within the high vulnerability area, members will be required to complete a certified Nutrient Management Plan and submit a summary to the Coalition. Again, the Coalition will provide all members with a template for the plan. These plans focus on nitrogen-based fertilizers and compare the amount of applied nitrogen against the crop nitrogen requirements. The plan can be certified by a Certified Crop Advisor, Pest Control Advisor, Soil Scientist, or Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)-certified Technical Service Provider. Plans may also be self-certified under California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), the NRCS, or the UC Cooperative Extension.

If lands fall with the low vulnerability area, members with be required to complete but not submit the Nutrient Management Plan and will maintain an on-farm copy for Regional Board inspection, if requested. Nutrient Management Plans in low vulnerability areas do not require certification.

The Coalition will summarize the information in the plans received from members in the high vulnerability areas and submit a summary report at a township level of detail to the Regional Board. The summary report will not include parcel- or member-specific information. All Nutrient Management Plans need to be kept on-farm and made available to Regional Board staff if so requested. If your lands have a potential for the run-off of sediment or erosion, you will required to prepare a Sediment and Erosion Control Plan. This plan outlines practices to be implemented to control sediment or erosion during irrigation or storm events.

How To Join

To Join the KRWQC please follow the steps below

The open enrollment period passed on May 19, 2014. In order to be accepted as a new member of the Coalition, the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board has additional requirements. The process for joining the Coalition after the enrollment deadline is the following:

  1. Download and complete the KRWQC Post Enrollment Membership Application. (Linked below)
  2. Upon Receipt of the completed application and membership fee, the Coalition will then issue you a temporary Coalition Membership ID number*. Once you receive your temporary ID number, you need to proceed to step 3.
  3. Complete the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board’s electronic Notice of Intent (eNOI). Parcel numbers and the Coalition temporary ID number will be needed to complete the eNOI. The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board charges a fee for this application. (**see section 2 of the eNOI for the Kings River Coalition linked below)
  4. The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board will then review the eNOI, verify Coalition enrollment, and issue a Notice of Applicability to the grower. Once the grower receives confirmation from the Regional Board, the Coalition will convert the membership from temporary to permanent status.

*The Coalition Membership ID number is usually a unique number that is used to identify a Member in place of the individual’s name.

**The eNOI for the Kings River Coalition can be found through the topmost dropdown list at:

Post Enrollment Membership Application
Post Enrollment Membership Application
Post Enrollment Membership Application
Click the Link to access the Post Enrollment Membership Application
Electronic Notice of Intent (eNOI)
Electronic Notice of Intent (eNOI)
Electronic Notice of Intent (eNOI)
Complete the Regional Water Quality Control Board’s electronic Notice of Intent (eNOI) at the link below
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