By Gabriele Ludwig, Director of Sustainability and Environmental Affairs, Almond Board of California -- As we await proposed changes to the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program (ILRP), current requirements are still in place for all Central Valley Water Quality Coalitions, including farm evaluations, nitrogen summary reports, and a sediment and erosion plan. In high-vulnerability groundwater areas, growers are required to submit certified summary reports annually. In low-vulnerability areas, the report must be kept on-site and certification is not required. It is important to comply with these requirements as the Central Valley Regional Water Board is actively enforcing the program with heavy fines for growers who have not signed up for a coalition or who have not submitted a Nitrogen Management Plan (NMP).
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Almonds from California are a healthy, natural, wholesome and quality food. The Almond Board of California promotes almonds with a research-based approach to responsible farming, production and marketing on behalf of the more than 7,600 almond growers and processors in California, many of whom have third- and fourth-generation family operations. Established in 1950 and based in Modesto, California, the Almond Board of California is a non-profit organization that administers a grower-enacted Federal Marketing Order under the supervision of the United States Department of Agriculture. For more information on the Almond Board of California or almonds, visit Almonds.com or check out California Almonds on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the California Almonds blog.