NOTICE: Central Valley Salt Control Program Update

From the CV-SALTS program:

This is a reminder that the deadline to file your Notice of Intent (NOI) for the Salt Control Program is July 15, 2021.

If you are a permitted discharger in the Central Valley, you must notify the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board (Central Valley Water Board) of the permitting pathway you are selecting.

If you are choosing the Alternative Permitting Approach, you must also pay your fee to participate in the Prioritization & Optimization Study by the same deadline.

You may be subject to penalties from the Central Valley Waterboard if you do not file your NOI, and if you are choosing the Alternative Permitting Approach and do not pay your P&O Study participation fee, by July 15, 2021.

For most permittees, the Alternative Permitting Approach will be the most cost-effective choice. With this approach, you must pay an annual fee and then submit the following:

  • Certification of Participation from Central Valley Salinity Coalition showing financial participation in P&O Study. You will need your CV-SALTS ID # from your Notice to Comply to get started. Click here to make your payment.
  • Completed Notice of Intent (NOI) including Sections I, II, III.B, and IV. A fillable form is available here.
If you elect the Conservative Permitting Approach, you must submit the following:
  • Salt Characterization Report. See complete instructions and compliance guidelines here.
  • Completed Notice of Intent (NOI) including Sections I, II, III.A and IV. A fillable form is available here.

Program Update:

So far, 1800 individuals and group participants have selected the Alternative Permitting Approach by filing their Notice of Intent and paying the fee, with 100 more in-process. Collectively, they have contributed over $820,000 to the Prioritization & Optimization Study.
In January of 2021, the Central Valley Water Board issued Notices to Comply for the Salinity Control Program to all permitted dischargers within its jurisdiction, encompassing three hydrologic regions (watersheds): the Sacramento River, the San Joaquin River, and the Tulare Lake Basin.
Permitted dischargers have been given six months to select one of two pathways. The two choices are the Alternative Permitting Approach and the Conservative Permitting Approach. In most cases, the Alternative Permitting Approach will be the most cost-effective compliance option for permitted dischargers.
Additional information is available at www.cvsalts.info.
Complete your filing early.
Sincerely,
CV-SALTS Program

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