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The San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board is increasing enforcement of the General Agricultural Order

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The "Ag Order" is intended to protect local waterways from nutrients and pollutants originating from ag properties

The State Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board is a regional regulatory agency tasked with oversight and protection of water quality in local waterways.  In November of 2016, a "General Agricultural Order" (Ag Order) was put into effect applicable to agricultural properties.  The order requires ag property owners to report detailed information about their operations including mapping, fertiler/chemical application and storage, and irrigation/stormwater runoff mitigation efforts.  Non-compliance with this order and/or negligent practices may be subject to citations, fines or penalties.  Inspectors have been present in the Fallbrook area recently.  If you are a farmer and you are not aware of this order or the steps that need to be taken to be in compliance, you may want to familiarize yourself with the regulations.  The most efficient and cost effective way for farmers to comply with the Ag Order is through one of two regional third party groups; Frog Environmental or the San Diego Farm Bureau/Irrigated Lands Group.  All properties recieving the special agricultural water rate are required to be in compliance with the Ag Order.