Monterey County Farm Bureau

Groundwater Monitoring

Cooperative program approved by CCRWQCB

Agricultural organization, on behalf of farmers in Monterey, San Benito, Santa Cruz, and Santa Clara counties filed a formal proposal for a groundwater cooperative monitoring program with the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, as specified within the 2012 Agricultural Order. Approval for this program was received in July 2013; in October 2013, both San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties were added to the program.

This program will assess groundwater sub-watersheds within the four-county area to determine areas of greatest risk and highest priority through testing of drinking water wells on farms and ranches.

Further information on the proposal can be found at the Central Coast Groundwater Coalition website.

Agricutlure is taking the lead on monitoring groundwater for contiminates and accurately characterizing our groundwater aquifers that provide drinking water sources for farm homes, rural communities, and municipal water sources.