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.
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.
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Notice of 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).
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