Six Central Coast farms resolve violations of ag runoff rules

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said six farms had violated new California rules on agricultural runoff. The farms were in violation of 2004 rules.

Six Central Coast farms have resolved their outstanding violations of 2004 rules designed to reduce polluted runoff from agricultural land.

The Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board announced today that all of the farms in violation of the Irrigated Lands Agricultural Order paid their overdue cooperative monitoring fees as well as penalties to the board to cover investigation and enforcement costs.

“Most Central Coast farmers are conscientious land stewards,” said Ken Harris, the water board’s interim executive officer. “It’s not fair to the vast majority who work hard to stay in compliance when others don’t.”

The farms and the amount paid are:

  • Ralph Garcia of Salinas, $10,379
  • Gabriel Garcia of Salinas, $8,322
  • B&E Vineyard of Paso Robles, $2,175.50
  • Alvaro Rincon of Watsonville, $2,109
  • Vidal Medina of Watsonville, $296
  • Gomes Orchards of Hollister, $1,000