Strawberry Certification Program


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Strawberry Commission
Document Title
Strawberry Certification Program
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
This grant is to create an industry-led sustainability certification program using Best Management Practices to reduce nutrient and pesticide discharges from strawberry fields in the Santa Maria, Salinas, and Pajaro watersheds. If any nonexempt BMPs are included, then additional CEQA documents will be developed.

Contact Information

Mercy Olmstead
Agency Name
California Strawberry Commission
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Other Location Info
County/City: Various Location Specific: Agricultural lands in an around Santa Maria and Oso Flaco, Salinas, and Pajaro watersheds. Specific locations will be identified as growers enroll in the certification program. Note: See NOE for full details.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 1, 4 Sec. 15301, 15304
Reasons for Exemption
All implementation will occur an existing strawberry ranches without expansion of land uses (Class 1). Sites are on private property, and will not have a negative impact on endangered/threatened species habitat. CEQA exempt activities may include minor improvements to existing structures and minor alterations on existing Ag land to include more water quality and efficiency infrastructure and practices (Class 4).

Disclaimer: The document was originally posted before CEQAnet had the capability to host attachments for the public. To obtain the original attachments for this document, please contact the lead agency at the contact information listed above. You may also contact the OPR via email at or via phone at (916) 445-0613.

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