News & Updates

Upcoming Events

MPEP Technical Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 9 a.m. at the Visalia Elks' Lodge (3100 W. Main Street in Visalia) - The Management Practices Evaluation Program (MPEP) outlines ways to identify and solve on-farm water quality problems within the Tulare Lake Basin. Agenda topics to include: overview of the MPEP and what it has to do with the ILRP, what the MPEP will do for growers, how it will work and what it will produce, and an overview of management tools and information available for growers.


Sediment & Erosion Control Plan Grower Self-Certification Training - For KBWQA members who were unable to attend the January 26 training, and are required to complete a Sediment & Erosion Control Plan (SECP), a second self-certification training course has been scheduled for Wednesday, March 22, 2017. If some of your farm parcels are required to have a certified SECP, you were previously notified. SECPs are required to be certified, either by hiring a professional or via self-certification (obtained by completing this approved SECP Self-Certification training course and passing the written test). If you wish to self-certify your SECP, advanced registration is required before 5 p.m., March 20, 2017: SECP Registration.

  • Training course is on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. at the Exeter Veterans' Memorial Building (324 N. Kaweah Avenue) in Exeter - Advanced registration closes at 5 p.m., March 20, 2017.


Nitrogen Management Plan Self-Certification Trainings - Two NMP Self-Certification trainings were held January 24th and February 1st, 2017 for Tulare County growers who are members of the Kaweah, Kings, and Tule coalitions. Test results can be expected within two weeks following the trainings. If you were unable to attend these trainings and still wish to self-certify your NMP and did not obtain your certification in 2016, you must attend an approved training and pass the test. A list of other approved trainings scheduled in surrounding counties is available here: CURES Grower Trainings.


Past Events

Note: Attendance at these workshops fulfilled annual grower workshop participation, as required by the ILRP General Order:

  • Joint-Coalition Grower Education Workshops Held in January 2017 - The KBWQA partnered with the Tule Basin Water Quality Coalition and the Kings River Water Quality Coalition to hold grower education workshop sessions on January 12th and 17th in Tulare. The workshops covered the completion of the 2016 Farm Evaluation, the 2016 Nitrogen Management Plan Summary Report, and the 2017 Nitrogen Management Plan worksheet.
  • Sediment & Erosion Control Plan Grower Self-Certification Training - A Sediment & Erosion Control Plan (SECP) Grower Self-Certification training was held on January 26, 2017 in Exeter for KBWQA members with farm parcels that require a certified SECP. Growers requiring to have a certified SECP were previously notified, and SECPs mus be certified either by hiring a professional or via self-certification (obtained by completing the approved training course and passing the written test. An additional training for those unable to attend on January 26 has been scheduled for March 22, 2017: SECP Registration
  • Nitrogen Management Plan Self-Certification Trainings - Two NMP Self-Certification trainings were held January 24th and February 1st, 2017 for Tulare County growers who are members of the Kaweah, Kings, and Tule coalitions. Test results can be expected within two weeks following the trainings. If you were unable to attend these trainings and still wish to self-certify your NMP and did not obtain your certification in 2016, you must attend an approved training and pass the test. A list of other approved trainings scheduled in surrounding counties is available here: CURES Grower Trainings.
  • KBWQA Annual Membership Meeting, Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 4 p.m. at the Visalia Convention Center (303 E. Acequia in Visalia) - Agenda items included membership updates, board of directors update, financial update, best management practices for surface water, Farm Evaluations, Nitrogen Management Plans, Sediment & Erosion Control Plans, and other information pertinent to the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program.


News, Press Releases & Articles

  • Enrollment Deadline: The deadline to join directly to the KBWQA ended on August 6, 2014. Growers/landowners will now need to provide a Notice of Intent (NOI) directly to the Regional Water Quality Control Board, pay applicable administrative fees, complete a KBWQA membership application, and will be subject to higher fees per acre. For more instructions, please visit the Join the Association page.
  • KBWQA Newsletter, Winter 2015 (PDF) - Includes: overview of 2014 membership, Water Board inspections and fines, 2015 membership assessment, Groundwater Quality Assessment Report, Sediment Discharge & Erosion Assessment Report, Surface Water Monitoring Program Update, Member-Required Reports, Farm Evaluations, Sediment & Erosion Control Plans, Nitrogen Management Plans, Jan. 20, 2015 Membership Meeting

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