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Governor makes important appointments impacting Ag

Governor makes important appointments impacting Ag

Bill Lyons was appointed as Agriculture Liaison in the office of the Governor. In his role, he will advance the administration’s efforts on agriculture and water in the state. Lyon’s, former Secretary of Agriculture, comes with years of policy experience as well as first–hand knowledge of running a farming operation.

Joaquin Esquivel was appointed Chair of the State Water Resources Control Board. Esquivel has a strong background in resources and agriculture policy and has served on the board since 2017. The board oversees water use and water quality regulations across the state and has served

Laurel Firestone was appointed to the State Water resources Control Board. Firestone has long advocated for the rights of the economically and socially disadvantaged communities of the San Joaquin Valley with a focus on safe and affordable drinking water.

The Commission has worked with each of these appointees for over a decade. We find them to be approachable, practical and committed to advancing solutions around water and agriculture in California. We look forward to working with them in their new roles.

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Pyrethroid TMDL for 303(d) listed water bodies

Pyrethroid TMDL for 303(d) listed water bodies

Pyrethroid insecticides have been under scrutiny for several years resulting in recent changes to water quality requirements. The changes set monitoring levels for pyrethroids at nanograms in surface waters. Consistent exceedances of the levels could result in additional restrictions to pyrethroid use, or designate a drain as impaired with future restoration to correct the water quality. Last year, one of the water quality coalitions had a detection that could be problematic under the new standards.

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