Amador RCD works in cooperation with the Lower Cosumnes RCD to coordinate the Sacramento-Amador Water Quality Coalition (SAWQA).
SAWQA is one of 10 sub-watershed groups that make up the larger Sacramento Valley Water Quality Coalition (SVWQC). The 10 sub-watershed groups and SVWQC operate under a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to meet the requirements of the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board’s (Water Board) Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program (ILRP).
See the approved General Order here: Order R5-2014-0030
SAWQA covers the southern portion of Sacramento County and all of Amador County and is made up of over 700 irrigators who joined our group and pay fees to cover the costs of the ILRP. Currently the fees paid by members cover the costs of water quality monitoring, reporting, oversight, administration and outreach to members. Additionally, fees cover the cost of staff to represent irrigators at meetings with the Regional Board as it develops future requirements for the ILRP. Water Quality Monitoring is currently being conducted at 4 sites within our sub-watershed.
- Cosumnes River at Twin Cities
- Grand Island Drain at Leary Road
- Laguna Creek at Alta Mesa Road – Management Plan monitoring
- Dry Creek at Alta Mesa Road – Special Project monitoring
Irrigated Lands Regulatory Requirements
Farm Evaluation Plan (FEP) DUE FEBRUARY 15th 2018
Nitrogen Management Plan (NMP) KEEP ON SITE, ALL members must complete a NMP, this is kept on site. If a parcel is within a High Vulnerability Area (HVA) the NMP must be certified, see information below about who can certify for NMP or taking training so you can self-certify. SAWQA has notified members within HVAs. Download NMP Template and Instructions
- If you need help certifying your Summary report you can contact a qualified CCA or attend a self certification class.
- CCAs with Nitrogen Management Planning Training.
- If you are in a HVA you can qualify to self-certify your plan by attending a training, click here to see upcoming trainings: https://www.curesworks.org/grower-training/
Nitrogen Management Plan Summary Report DUE FEBRUARY 1st 2018. Members in High Vulnerability Area (HVA) are required to submit a Nitrogen Management Summary Report. SAWQA has contact members that are within a HVA. Download the Nitrogen Management Summary Template & Instructions
Sediment and Erosion Control Plan (SECP) – members will be contacted if they are determined to need a certified SECP. Click here for more information about SECP Requirements. Download the Sediment & Erosion Control Template
Need help filling out your NMP, FEP or SECP? Jill Damskey SAWQA@AmadorRCD.org (209) 730-3150
For questions regarding membership and invoicing contact: Dan Port firstname.lastname@example.org (209) 304-9418
For general SAWQA/IRLP program questions contact: Amanda Watson Amanda@AmadorRCD.org (916) 612- 5163
SAWQA Assistance Documents
- SAWQA Program & Requirement Powerpoint Nov. 2016
- SAWQA Membership Checklist August 2017
- Nitrogen Management Plan FAQ
SAWQA Constituency News Groundwater CURES – Watershed Coalition news-Information for Central Valley Agriculture
SAWQA Relevant Links
Discharges from Irrigated Lands – CA.gov – Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board
Questions? Contact Us.
If you have questions regarding Farm Evaluation Plans, Sediment Erosion Control Plans, or Nitrogen Management Plan requirements contact the Jill Damskey.
Need help filling out your NMP, FEP or SECP? Jill Damskey SAWQA@AmadorRCD.org (209) 730 3150