Water Quality and the Almond Industry
Our goal: Proactively seeking solutions to environmental challenges
Monitoring and ultimately reducing discharges of pesticides, nutrients and sediments into waterways and ground water is the goal of almond growers in California's Central Valley which stretches from Redding to Bakersfield. Almond growers, through the Almond Board of California, fund research in controlling runoff from orchards and enhancing water quality.
Runoff - - The most comprehensive water quality regulations ever to face agriculture in California were passed on July 11, 2003 by the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board. Reducing potential levels of farm waste in irrigation tail water or rain runoff is the goal of almond growers who are participating in watershed coalitions throughout the San Joaquin Valley.
Groundwater - - New state regulations designate about 2.4 million acres across the state where soil conditions make shallow ground water most vulnerable to pesticide contamination from leaching and runoff. The Almond Board is working with pest control professionals and growers to raise awareness of ground water concerns and prevention methods.
Current Almond Board Activity
Water quality in the news--click here for the latest headlines on water quality issues affecting California almond growers.
For more information on the Almond Board's Environmental Committee, click here.
Personal Commitment to Water Quality
Almond growers in Stanislaus and Yolo County are demonstrating how use of vegetative strips, increased monitoring for pest and parasitic insect release can be useful tools in contributing to water quality. Click here to learn more. (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
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