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).coalition-umbrella

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.


  1. Cosumnes River at Twin Cities
  2. Grand Island Drain at Leary Road
  3. Laguna Creek at Alta Mesa Road – Management Plan monitoring
  4. Dry Creek at Alta Mesa Road – Special Project monitoring

Check out the Winter 2017-2018 SAWQA Newsletter

Irrigated Lands Regulatory Requirements 

Click Here to review the Membership Checklist

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

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

Click Here to see upcoming SECP self Certification training opportunities.

Need Assistance?

Need help filling out your NMP, FEP or SECP?                                                      Jill Damskey            (209) 730-3150

For questions regarding membership and invoicing contact:                     Dan Port                   (209) 304-9418

For general SAWQA/IRLP program questions contact:                         Amanda Watson      (916) 612- 5163

SAWQA Assistance Documents

SAWQA Constituency News                                                          Groundwater CURES – Watershed Coalition news-Information for Central Valley Agriculture

SAWQA Relevant Links
Discharges from Irrigated Lands – – 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         (209) 730 3150

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