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California Assesses Farmer Compliance with Water Rules

posted on July 22, 2005

Two years into California's first attempt, to monitor farm pollution flowing into rivers and streams, state officials still are unsure how many farmers are complying with the program.

California's program requires growers to test water flowing from farms at key times -- during irrigation periods and after storms. Farmers also must send regulators reports detailing what crops are grown and what pesticides are applied to fields.

According to the California Water Code, growers who fail to file the reports could be subject to fines of up to $1,000 per day.

State regulators claim 20 percent of the 25,000 growers to whom the rules apply still have not signed up for the program.

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