The UFRWG is a nonprofit group of agriculture interests and operators in the  upper
    feather river watershed region including Sierra Valley, American Valley,   Indian
    Valley, Mohawk Valley and other areas of Plumas, Sierra and Lassen Counties.
      Our goal is to promote good water resource stewardship and encourage
    implementation of sound management practices, through education and  partnerships
    with irrigated lands stakeholders, to ensure the water quality of  the upper Feather
    River and its tributaries is preserved.
Field Days and Workshops
BMP Workshops and Ranch Tours
Upper Feather River Watershed Group
Resources and Links
Additional fact sheets, publications and
Water Stewardship Awards Landowners &
Partners recognized for conservation
Agricultural Iririgation Enhances Waterfowl Habitat
Grazing Management BMPs
A toolbox of management practice
options to enhance water quality
Upper  Feather  River  Watershed  Group
PO Box 975  Loyalton, Ca  96118
Plumas and Sierra Counties
Clean Water Team Awards
Indian Valley Rotational Grazing hk
UFRWG    Agriculture Stakeholders Advancing Water  Stewardship
Updated March 2015 Upper Feather River Watershed Group

Current Events

Agric Advisory Workgroup Mtg
April 6, 2015
9am - 4 pm
California Farm Bureau Office
2300 River Plaza Drive
Sacramento, CA

Board of Directors Meeting
Next Meeting TBA

Ranch Stewardship Tailgate Tour
September 11, 2015
details soon

Annual Membership Meeting
2015 Oct-Nov Meeting

UFRWG Board of Directors
for more info on group activities
Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program Update

The Waste Discharge Requirement General Order (WDR) for Sacramento River Watershed is the new regulation to  monitor agriculture
discharges in areas that include the Upper Feather River.  The new program monitors both surface water quality and groundwater quality.

All commercial irrigated farm and ranch lands are required to have coverage.  If you have a commercial farming or     
ranching operation and irrigate the land associated with those lands you should enroll.  Irrigators have three options:             
Join a coalition group;   2. Apply for an Individual WDR;    3. Submit a complete application for a discharge permit.

Participating in a coalition group is the simplest and most economical way to comply with the program requirements.   
Coalition groups organize growers to share best management practices, conduct required monitoring at a representative    
site, submit reports on a subwatershed level, and work together toward improving practices that might impact water quality.

Member Roles and Responsibilities for the new program include:
1. Complete a Farm Evaluation
        Sediment and Erosion Control Plan
        Nitrogen Management Plan
        Irrigation Well Protection
        Farm Map (to be kept on the premises only)
 2. Review and Understand the terms of the WDR General Order
 3. Attend Educational Events when offered to learn about local agriculture water quality concerns   
 4. Submit dues for State Fee and Coalition Program Management costs

Drought Management Resources -- Plumas_Sierra UC Cooperative Extension website has a useful list of resources:

Rangeland Watershed Laboratory -- UC Davis Field Center in Browns Valley integrates research and outreach to develop and extend
                                                                               new information for beneficial range management:
Rustici Rangeland Science Symposium
UC Davis Conference Center March 3-4,2015
Symposium Presentati                      

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