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Yolo-Solano Agricultural Water Quality Management Support Program

Yolo-Solano Agricultural Water Quality Management Support Program
Project Information
Client State Water Resources Control Board Agricultural Water Quality
Type Water quality technical support project

Project Overview

The project provides financial and technical support for on-farm water quality management practices in Yolo and Solano Counties. A Water Quality Technical Committee consisting of farmers, the County Agricultural Commissioner, Yolo County Farm Bureau, and technical specialists was established to provide direction and coordination for implementation, monitoring and education efforts. Water quality management practices available for financial support include sediment traps, grassed waterways, vegetated ditches, and cover crops. Samples of runoff from irrigation events and winter rain storms were collected and analyzed for total suspended solids and pesticides to assess practice effectiveness. Field measurements were made for nutrients, turbidity, pH, dissolved oxygen, and conductivity. Program outreach included presentations at grower meetings, on-farm field meetings, and information displays at county fairs and other public events.

Project Description

Start date  
End date 2009
Type of Activity

 

Deliverables  
Goals
  • Cost sharing and technical support for implementation of the WQMPs
  • Monitoring and assessment of WQMP effectiveness with evaluation and refinement of specific practices and methods
  • Outreach and education to raise awareness of water quality monitoring challenges and WQMP effectiveness

Location

Site Name

Various Locations

Address Yolo and Solano Counties
Size (acres) 18 projects, from 12 to 375 acres