Preserving the sustainable, affordable use of groundwater in the Coachella Valley
Water and wastewater entities, together with salt-and-nutrient contributing stakeholders, are developing the CV-SNMP in a locally driven collaborative process that is open to all stakeholders
Recycled Water Policy. The California State Water Resources Control Board, through its Recycled Water Policy, requires that salt and nutrient loading to groundwater basins in the State be managed on a basin-wide or watershed-wide basis in a manner that ensures the protection of the beneficial uses of groundwater. To achieve this, the Policy requires that salt and nutrient management plans (SNMPs) be prepared by water and wastewater entities, together with salt-and-nutrient contributing stakeholders, in a locally driven transparent process. In the Coachella Valley, the Regional Water Quality Control Board for the Colorado River Basin (Regional Water Board) is responsible for implementing the Recycled Water Policy, and is requiring an update of the Coachella Valley Salt and Nutrient Management Plan (CV-SNMP).
CV-SNMP Agencies. The major water and wastewater agencies in the Coachella Valley that are developing and implementing the CV-SNMP include:
Collectively, these are the “CV-SNMP Agencies.” They are committed to developing an updated CV-SNMP that complies with the Recycled Water Policy and preserves the long-term sustainable and affordable use of groundwater in the Coachella Valley.
Learn More. The CV-SNMP is being developed in accordance with the CV-SNMP Development Workplan which was accepted by the Regional Board in October 2021. Implementation of the CV-SNMP Development Workplan to update the CV-SNMP is a multi-year, multi-stakeholder project that is being conducted pursuant to the State’s Recycled Water Policy.
Here are ways to learn more and participate:
- We have prepared a Stakeholder Outreach and Engagement Plan that describes ways to participate and be involved in the public review process.
- This website is a central source of information on the development and implementation of the CV-SNMP. It is designed for use by the CV-SNMP Agencies, other salt-and-nutrient contributors, and any individual or entity that is interested in following the progress of the CV-SNMP.
- Join our listserv to receive updates and meeting information, click here.
News and Updates
We are pleased to share the draft Technical Memorandum (TM) #1, Task 1 – Characterize TDS/N Mass Loading to the Coachella Valley Groundwater Basin. The draft TM is still available on the project website. Comments were due on December 5, 2023.
We had the first Community Workshop on March 22, 2023 to kick off the Coachella Valley Salt and Nutrient Management Plan (CV-SNMP) update effort. Click here for more information.