A New Web Seminar in the Series on Salt and Nutrient Management Plans

  • by BPC Staff
  • on January 17, 2014

Groundwater Resources Association
CalDesal &
Association of California Water Agencies

Present the 4th GRACast Web Seminar in the
Series on Salt and Nutrient Management Plans

CV-Salts – An Overview of the Central Valley
Salinity Alternatives for Long-Term Sustainability

David Cory, Central Valley Salinity Coalition
Jeanne Chilcott, Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board
Dr. Richard Meyerhoff, CDM-Smith
Daniel Cozad, Integrated Planning and Management Inc.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Pacific Standard Time (GMT-08:00)

Early Registration (by January 17) is $50 for Members* and $75 for Non-Members*
Registration after January 17 is $75 for Members* and $100 for Non-Members*

(*Includes GRA, ACWA, and CalDesal Members)

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Please join us for the fourth Web Seminar in the Series on Salt and Nutrient Management Plans. This GRACast will provide an overview of CV-SALTS salt and nitrate planning efforts for the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board Region, including the Sacramento/San Joaquin and the Tulare Lake Basin Plans. The overview will cover the organization, regulatory approach and plan as well as the technical studies and results for the largest SNMP in California.


1. GRACast Overview (4 min)
Tim Parker, PG, CEG, CHG, Parker Groundwater

2. Brief Introduction to the Presenters (3 min)

Daniel Cozad, CV-SALTS Program Manager, Integrated Planning and Management Inc.

3. Overview of CV-SALTS (15 min)
David Cory, Chairman, Central Valley Salinity Coalition
Beginning in late 2006 the Central Valley Water Board and Stakeholders began to meet formally to develop strategies to address Salt and Nitrates. From the beginning David Cory participated as a stakeholder representing the Westside San Joaquin River Watershed Coalition and will discuss the development of Central Valley Salinity Alternatives for Long Term Sustainability (CV-SALTS), the Central Valley Salinity Coalition which organizes the stakeholders financially contributing to CV-SALTS and provide an overview from the stakeholders’ perspective.

4. Regulatory Approach and Plan (20 min presentation plus Q&A)
Jeanne Chilcott, Senior Environmental Scientist, Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board

CV-SALTS addresses salinity and nitrate issues across the Central Valley. The regulatory approach being developed by the stakeholders is sometimes described as a plan within a plan because it provides an overall framework to address basin wide issues while allowing regional or local entities to perform site specific projects that feed into the overall effort while taking into account local conditions. The approach utilizes Archetypes as proofs of concept to illustrate and document successful alternatives that can be incorporated into the Regional Board Basin Plan for salinity management. Nitrates in drinking water are a critical issue in the Central Valley and addressed as part of CV-SALTS overall strategy, with specific actions differing by local area in order to lay the foundation to either restore water quality or provide access to safe drinking water for impacted communities. The Regional Water Board recently had an update on CV-SALTS status and recommended allowing additional time to thoroughly vet implementation alternatives in order to present a completed plan to the Board for Consideration in 2016.

5. Technical Studies and Results to Date (20 min presentation plus Q&A)
Dr. Richard Meyerhoff, CV-SALTS Technical Project Manager, CDM-Smith

As CV-SALTS Technical Project Manager since 2011, Richard has directed and supported CV-SALTS Technical Committee and CV-SALTS technical contractors in performing the large scale regional studies and archetypes to support policy and basin planning development. The program workplan was updated in 2011 and with support from about a dozen consultants and teams significant work has been completed in the areas of Initial Conceptual Modeling, Ag Zone Mapping, Aquatic Life and Stock Watering water quality objectives reviews as well as the salinity management implementation planning. Richard will review the overall technical approach and significant technical results and next steps.

6. Questions & Answers (15 min)
Moderated by Daniel Cozad, CV-SALTS Program Manager, Integrated Planning and Management Inc.


Mr. Cory is a farmer and water quality attorney who focuses on agriculturally related water quality issues in the Central Valley. David manages his family’s farm located near Dos Palos, CA. His family has been operating the farm for over seventy years. Mr. Cory is actively involved in CV-SALTS, the Central Valley Regional Board’s Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program and the Grassland Bypass Project. As a representative of the San Joaquin Valley Drainage Authority and the Chairman of the Central Valley Salinity Coalition, David has worked closely with farming interests on the Westside of the San Joaquin Valley to address challenging water quality issues. Mr. Cory received his bachelor’s degree in legal studies from the University of California at Berkeley and a Juris Doctor degree from the McGeorge School of Law. He is a member of the California State Bar but prefers to be seen as a farmer rather than an attorney.

Jeanne Chilcott is a Senior Environmental Scientist at the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board with over 30-years’ experience in water quality investigation, regulation and Basin Planning activities within the Central Valley. A majority of her work has focused on agricultural issues including investigating impacts of agricultural drainage on Delta waterways, early development of the rice herbicide and selenium control programs, evaluating sedimentation in the San Joaquin River Basin, characterizing Tulare Lake Bed evaporation basins, and participating on statewide advisory committees. After serving as the Central Valley Water Board Program Manager for the Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program, Jeanne has spent the last three years as the lead Water Board staff participating in the stakeholder lead CV-SALTS initiative to develop a Central Valley-wide Salt and Nitrate Management Plan.

Dr. Meyerhoff has more than 23 years of experience in projects involving the protection of water resources. He has assisted many clients with Clean Water Act-related activities, in particular, to support efforts to comply with NPDES permit and TMDL requirements and implement water quality management programs. He has provided his expertise to a wide range of water quality-related projects, including development and implementation of NPDES stormwater permits; preparation of TMDL Implementation Plans for metals, bacteria, nutrients, and toxics, and evaluation and/or development of water quality standards for bacteria, salinity and nutrients, including standards for effluent dependent and ephemeral waters.

Mr. Cozad is the president of Integrated Planning and Management Inc. a consulting and contracting organization working throughout California specializing in water and resources planning and management and integration of stakeholders needs to produce value and community benefits. He has worked for both public and private sector clients and his background in regional policy and funding is based in almost 10 years at the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority working with governments and business to achieve regional goals. He is currently the Executive Director of the Central Valley Salinity Coalition and program director for CV-SALTS. Daniel earned a BS in Chemistry from the University of New Mexico and is a certified Project Management Professional. He has written and presented over a 25 technical papers and articles on environmental and project management topics. He has taught environmental and project management courses for the University of California, Riverside and was a member of the project management curriculum advisory committee. He serves as an exofficio chair of the California State University San Bernardino Water Resources Institute Advisory Board.

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* This GRACast will use a conference call for audio and WebEx to display the presentation slides. Each registration is allowed access via one phone line and one log in to the WebEx module. More than one person may participate per registration by using a shared computer screen and speaker phone. GRA reserves the right to invoice those individuals and/or organizations that are logged in or connected from telephone numbers that don’t correspond to a paid registration.

** If you registered for the first three GRACasts in the series, then you qualify to attend this GRACast for free. Contact GRA at gracast@grac.org to redeem your free registration.