Expanded Third-Party Role
May 21, 2021 – Since 2005, Preservation, Inc. has been recognized by both the Central Coast and State Water Boards to collect State-level discharger fees and run the surface water CMP (Cooperative Monitoring Program) on behalf of the ag industry. On April 23rd, 2021, the Central Coast Water Board issued an RFP (Request For Proposals) for potential Third-Party Programs. Preservation, Inc. will submit a response to this RFP by June 22nd, detailing our qualifications and intended approach to implementing all aspects of Ag Order 4.0 including surface water, groundwater, and nutrient (fertilizer) monitoring, reporting, outreach and training. Our intention in providing these programs is to streamline the compliance activities necessary under Ag Order 4.0, making compliance more efficient for growers and improving water quality more effectively. All of Preservation, Inc’s programs are subject to budget approval and cost allocation by the Ag Committee, which consists of grower representatives for all major ag commodities. The RFP can be viewed at: Ag Waivers Third Parties | Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board (ca.gov). If you have questions in the meantime please contact Sarah Lopez or any of the Preservation, Inc. Board members.