Pajaro Watershed Toxicity Reduction Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
Santa Cruz County Resource Conservation District
Document Title
Pajaro Watershed Toxicity Reduction Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The Pajaro River Watershed is approx. 1,300 sq. miles spanning portions of Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, San Benito and Monterey Counties. Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) have been adopted for the organophosphates chlorpyrifos and diazinon for the Pajaro River watershed while impacts due to pyrethroids, legacy pesticides and other current-use pesticides have also been documented. The purpose of this project is to reduce pesticide loading and toxicity to impaired surface waters in the Pajaro River watershed through the implementation of best management practices (BMPs) that are proven to reduce pesticide loading. This project will implement BMPs designed to reduce pesticide use and/or reduce off-site movement of pesticides. Examples of BMPs may include but are not limited to: integrated pest management, hedgerows, cover crop, insectary plantings, sprayer equipment calibration and equipment upgrades, bug vacuums, sediment traps, vegetated treatment, or activated carbon filtration.

Contact Information

James McKenna
Agency Name
Santa Cruz County Resource Conservation District
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
S:15301,15303,15304, Class 1,3,4
Reasons for Exemption
Existing Facilities. New Construction or Conversion. Minor Alterations to Land.

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