Water Management Protects Our Environment
Effective management of agricultural irrigation runoff and stormwater discharge is important to protect local water quality.
Water Quality Management Plans
VCAILG’s Water Quality Management Plan (WQMP) serves as the roadmap to meet local water quality standards and goals. These plans are prepared and submitted to the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board (Regional Board) to comply with the Agricultural Conditional Waiver.
The first WQMP under the 2016 waiver requirements was submitted to the Regional Board in April 2017. Substantially different from previous plans, the WQMP divides Ventura County into “Responsibility Areas” according to subwatersheds, drainage areas, crop similarities, and additional total maximum daily load (TMDL) requirements. Each parcel is assigned to one of the 20 Responsibility Areas and each area is associated with one VCAILG water quality testing site – identified as the “Beacon Site” for that specific area. Members are accountable for implementing the correct agricultural BMPs to address any continuing water quality issues found during monitoring at your Responsibility Area’s Beacon Site.
Responsibility Area Compliance Summary
To help our members, VCAILG has created a compliance summary handout for each Responsibility Area that contains all the specific information members need to know to meet waiver requirements. Each compliance summary includes:
- Responsibility Area identification
- Beacon Site and continuing water quality issues identification
- BMPs Survey participation notice
- Required Documentation to be kept on site
- Education requirement notice
- Resources information for BMPs assistance if specific funding is available in your area
- Required BMPs table (and online resource links)
- Responsibility Area by Parcel List
To get started, identify your parcel’s watershed on the maps in the following sections or search the Responsibility Area listing below. (Any parcel located on a border has been assigned to only one Responsibility Area.) Please email us at [email protected] if your parcel is not listed or does not indicate a Responsibility Area.
Print Your Compliance Summary
The next step is to download and print the compliance summary for your Responsibility Area (links below) or contact us and we can email it to you. Please note that each compliance summary includes online links to technical information about how to implement many of the BMPs and why these actions are important to protect water quality.
Calleguas Creek Watershed Responsibility Areas Compliance Summaries
1 Etting-Wood 04D_ETTG (267 KB)
2 LowerCalleguas Creek-04D_ETTG (268 KB)
3 SouthRevolon-04D_LAS (266 KB)
4 LaVistaDrain-05D_LAVD (263 KB)
5 Mugu Lagoon OIT_ODD3_ARN (264 KB)
5 Mugu Lagoon-OIT_ODD3_ARN(oxnard drain #3TMDL area) (265 KB)
6 Beardsley Wash 05T_HONDO (263 KB)
7 Arroyo Conejo 06T_LONG2 (244 KB)
8 ArroyoSimi-06T_LONG2 (244 KB)
9 LasPosas-06T_LONG2 (244 KB)
10 Malibu-05T_HONDO (249 KB) (Proxy monitoring site for Malibu)
Santa Clara River and Oxnard Coastal Watersheds Responsibility Areas Compliance Summaries
Ventura River Watershed Responsibility Areas Compliance Summaries
2020 Water Quality Management Plan
All VCAILG members should read (see link below) the most current Water Quality Management Plan. Each Responsibility Area has its own section in the 2020 Water Quality Management which details membership and crop data, BMPs survey results, water quality monitoring exceedances and required BMPs implementation.