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President’s Report & Keeping up with Regulations...

President’s Report

Growers in the Russian River Watershed will be operating under the new Frost Regulation passed by the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) on September 20. The Sonoma County Frost Ordinance may fulfill the requirements of state regulation while maintaining a locally controlled program that includes an inventory of frost systems that rely on water for protection and a stream monitoring program to determine if or where stream reaches might be impacted during frost events. Sonoma County growers have again stepped forward to shape the regulation with a commitment to protect our fisheries while protecting our grape crop from frost. Growers do not like having more regulation and the permitting costs associated with it. But given the limits on use of water for frost protection proposed by the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) and National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS) two and a half years ago, progress was made. The key elements of the new regulation for growers who use water for frost protection in the Russian River Valley watershed are as follows:

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