Relative to groundwater protection, the California dairy industry has been leading the way. Directed by dairy and cattle owners, the Central Valley Dairy Representative Monitoring Program (CVDRMP) has ensured for over a decade that dairy had a seat at the table and the industry’s interests were protected. Critical progress has been achieved: management zones organized, local plans developed, and budgets drafted.

With 2021 comes important implementation of components of the Valley’s Basin Plan amendment. The Nitrate Control Program and the Salt Control Program are complex, but CVDRMP has two offerings coming up that will keep producers briefed.

The CVDRMP 2021 annual newsletter is being mailed directly to members and can also be downloaded from the program’s homepage. The newsletter details important deadlines, fee change forecasts, and direction on how to participate in the program.

On Wednesday, February 24, CVDRMP will hold its annual member meeting via Zoom videoconference. Producers logging in will be briefed on the nitrate and salt programs, Board of Director elections, and have an opportunity to ask questions. Instructions for participating in the videoconference will be contained in the January CVDRMP newsletter.