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GRAZING REGULATORY ACTION PROJECT (GRAP)
- Board Meeting - Consideration of Adoption of the DRAFT RESOLUTION FOR THE DISCONTINUATION OF DISCUSSIONS REGARDING A STATEWIDE APPROACH TO ADDRESSING WATER QUALITY IMPACTS FROM LIVESTOCK GRAZING - September 16, 2015
Goal: Evaluate strategies that Regional Water Boards can implement to enhance environmental benefits from grazing, protect beneficial uses of surface and groundwater, and address water quality impacts related to livestock grazing in California.
The Water Boards formed a work team to conduct this activity. The work team was co-led by the State Water Resources Control Board and the Lahontan Regional Water Board (Region 6) with active participation of the other eight Regional Water Boards – the North Coast, San Francisco Bay, Central Coast, Los Angeles, Central Valley, Colorado River, Santa Ana, and San Diego Regional Water Boards (Regions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, and 9 respectively).
On September 16, 2015, due to regional differences in hydrology, topography, climate, and land use, the State Water Board adopted a resolution discontinuing the GRAP and directing the Regional Water Boards to work collaboratively with individual property owners, livestock grazing operators, and other interested stakeholders to determine which actions, including regulatory actions and effective non-regulatory efforts for Best Management Practice (BMP) implementation, are best suited to protect water quality and the beneficial uses of waters from pollution. The resolution directed the Regional Water Boards to consider prioritizing actions to address livestock grazing operations that cause impairment, or have the likelihood to do so. The resolution directed that, in doing so, the Regional Water Boards should consider BMPs, where appropriate, and should consider establishing monitoring programs to evaluate the effectiveness of those BMPs. Finally, the resolution directed the Regional Water Boards to take actions they determine to be necessary to protect water quality and the beneficial uses of waters from pollution consistent with state and federal laws.
In its motion to adopt the resolution, the State Water Board directed staff to work with academia and resource groups to update grazing BMPs and Ranch Management Plans and to report back to the Board in 12-16 months regarding the status of those efforts. Staff anticipates providing this update by January 2017.
Phil Crader, State Water Resources Control Board (co-lead)
Phillip.email@example.com (916) 341-5500