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The required “monitoring” period for INMP (Irrigation & Nutrient Management Plan) summary reporting under Ag Order 4.0 has begun for some ranches. Ranches designated by the Central Coast Water Board as “Phase 1” (click here to view map) under Ag Order 4.0 must file the INMP summary report on the 2023 crop year, no later than March 1st of 2024. To see if your ranch falls within any of the Phase 1 Areas, log into your ranch eNOI form on GeoTracker and view the “GW Phase Area” number for each ranch:
In general, the INMP report reflects all information in the existing TNA report, plus Yield (i.e. the nitrogen removed in harvested crop material).
Third Party members must use Preservation, Inc’s reporting tools to submit their INMP summary reports.
Failure to submit a required INMP report may result in enforcement action by the Central Coast Water Board, and/or loss of Third Party membership with Preservation, Inc. Water Board enforcement actions for failure to submit 2022 TNA reports have included fines of approximately $40,000 (link to Water Board press release).
You will need the following information in order to complete the INMP report. You can download this checklist here: INMP Reporting Materials Checklist
Puedes descargar esta lista de verificación aquí: Lista para INMP
If you are not already closely tracking the types and amounts of fertilizers and irrigation water that you apply to each crop, and the amount of harvested crop material, then you will need to do a significant amount of record keeping before preparing your INMP report.
Once you have all of your fertilizer, irrigation, and harvest records in one place, you will need to convert this information into the total volume of water applied, and the total pounds of Nitrogen applied to and removed at harvest for each crop on each of your ranches for the year.
Here is a link to the Regional Water Board’s introductory video on INMP reporting. Information on recordkeeping begins at the 3:50 point in the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-w882JKz0w
The following records or calculations are needed to complete the INMP report. Where available, we have provided links to recordkeeping and/or calculator tools. Use of these tools is not required, but they may be helpful if you do not already have a system in place:
The information required in the Preservation, Inc. INMP report Spreadsheet Form (an MS Excel file) is identical to the information required by the GeoTracker INMP web-form and the INMP-EZ Form. The layout is different, to support rapid data entry for growers and service providers who:
If you use the Preservation, Inc. INMP report Spreadsheet Template to file your report this year you can use that saved file as a starting point for next year’s report.
If you apply 50 pounds of N/acre/year or less to your crops, you may be eligible for an exemption from INMP reporting, based on already meeting the final Target in Ag Order 4.0, regardless of how much N is removed from your fields at harvest. If you qualify, you can continue to report only the TNA information, instead of INMP. Fill out the form below to be placed on our group exemption request list.