Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44California League of Food Processors 13 WATER ISSUES WATER CONSERVATION. CLFP was invited by the State Water Resources Control Board and the Department of Water Resources to be a member of the Urban Advisory Group (UAG), which is charged with providing input on implementing the Governor’s Executive Order (EO) B-37-16 (issued on May 9, 2016), which builds on temporary statewide emergency water restrictions to establish longer-term water conservation measures, including perma- nent monthly water use reporting, new permanent water use standards in California communities and bans on wasteful water use practices. The EO directs the StateWater Resources Control Board and the Department of Water Resources to consult with stakeholders in implementation of the following projects: Use Water More Wisely, Strengthen Local Drought Resilience and Eliminate Water Waste, and Report Preparation. CLFP has expressed concerns over a one size fits all approach to water use reduction targets in the industrial sector. CLFP supports local control and the opportunity to set reasonable and achievable conservation targets with local water agencies throughout California. PROPOSED UNIMPAIRED FLOWS FOR FISH SPECIES The State Water Resources Control Board in mid-September released a draft proposal that would increase unimpaired flows for fish species in the San Joaquin River from the current 20% to a range of 30% to 50%. This would result in reduced surface water availability for agriculture in many years, and the board is assuming some of the shortfall would be replaced with increased groundwater pumping. The State Water Board also proposed new salinity requirements for the southern Delta as part of the first phase of an update to the Bay-Delta Plan. State Water Board staff and officials say the increase in unimpaired flows is needed because current standards are out of date and fish populations have plummeted. But agricultural interests have voiced concerns and claim that the impact to agriculture from the flow changes is far greater than the estimate of the State Water Board. They also stressed that unimpaired flow increases are not helping the fish species and new innovative approaches need to be explored. CENTRAL VALLEY WATER BOARD SALT AND NITRATE MANAGEMENT PLAN. For over six years a stakeholder coalition has been working with the Central Valley Water Board staff to develop a salt and nitrate management plan to address the serious and growing problems with groundwater quality in many parts of the state. CLFP has been actively engaged with this coalition, as the final regulations will affect the permits that some processors will need to discharge wastewater at land application sites. The plan will also affect growers, wastewater public treatment works and other facilities. The coalition has developed a draft plan that will provide some new compliance options for food processors and other dischargers. The plan will also provide options for short-term fixes for communities with drinking water quality problems and a long-term path to improve groundwater quality across the Valley. To satisfy regulatory mandates, the draft plan must be submitted to the Regional Board for approval in 2017. AIR/CLIMATE CHANGE ISSUES CARB STAFF PROPOSES CAP-AND-TRADE REGULATION CHANGES FOR POST-2020 The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is in the process of making significant amendments to the Cap-and-Trade program. CARB staff recommendations were the subject of a hearing before the board on September 22.There was a mix of opinions from commenters on the draft regulation, including significant criticism from the environmental justice community calling for the elimination of the Cap-and-Trade program. CLFP has been actively engaged with this coalition [Central Valley Water Board], as the final regulations will affect the permits that some processors will need to discharge wastewater at land application sites.