The Central Valley Water Quality Control Board (Central Valley Water Board), the State Water Resources Control Board (State Board), and stakeholders began a joint effort to address salt and nitrate issues, initiating the Central Valley Salinity Alternatives for Long-Term Sustainability (CV-SALTS).
The Central Valley Salinity Coalition was formed to represent stakeholder groups working with the State Board in the CV-SALTS effort, including state regulators, agriculture, municipal, and industrial interests.
The Central Valley Water Board adopted a Salt and Nitrate Control Program based on a Salt and Nitrate Management Plan (SNMP) submitted by CV-SALTS group.
The State Board approved the Salt and Nitrate Control Program.
California Office of Administrative Law approved the Salt and Nitrate Control Program, marking the beginning of local implementation efforts.
Notices to comply with the new Nitrate Control Program were mailed to permitted discharges including dairies, wineries, food processors, animal operations, and municipalities. Notices were sent to the Kings River Water Quality Coalition, representing irrigated agricultural dischargers. The Coalition will ensure compliance on behalf of its members.
Work begins to develop a Preliminary Management Zone Proposal and Early Action Plan. These plans provide the foundation for implementing the Salt and Nitrate Control Program, including the provision of short-term drinking water solutions.
The Kings River Water Quality Coalition begins outreach to dischargers to form a Kings Management Zone to implement the new Salt and Nitrate Control Program.
The Kings River Water Quality Coalition leads the way, coalescing dischargers to form the Kings Water Alliance, a non-profit public benefit corporation for the Kings Management Zone. The Kings Water Alliance is formally the entity that will implement the Program.
The Kings Water Alliance begins outreach to residents impacted by nitrate levels that pose a health risk. Residents and stakeholders are encouraged to provide feedback on Early Action Plan safe drinking water solutions.
The Early Action Plan outlining safe drinking water solutions for nitrate impacted residents available for public review and input.
The Kings Water Alliance must submit the Preliminary Management Zone Proposal and Early Action Plan to the Central Valley Water Board.