Does My Property Need Coverage Under the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program (ILRP)?

¹ For the purpose the of the ILRP, commercial irrigated lands are irrigated lands that have one or more of the following characteristics: 1) The landowner or operator
holds a current Operator Identification Number / Permit Number for pesticide use reporting; 2) The crop is sold to a third party including, but not limited to, (a) an
industry cooperative, (b) harvest crew/company, or (c) a direct marketing location, such as farmers’ markets; 3) The landowner or operator files federal taxes using
federal Department of Treasury Internal Revenue Service Form 1040, Schedule F Profit or Loss from Farming.
² Irrigated lands – Land irrigated to produce crops or pasture for commercial purposes including lands that are planted to commercial crops that are not yet
marketable (e.g., vineyards and tree crop). Irrigated lands also include nurseries, and privately and publicly managed wetlands.
³ Separate orders – Other Water Board orders that include managed applications to cropland are not required to have additional coverage under the ILRP. An
example of another order is the Confined Animal Facility Order (i.e., dairy, poultry, bovine).

Good News! On October 15, 2021, the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley adopted a Resolution to exempt exclusively managed wetlands from the ILRP General Orders in the Sacramento and San Joaquin River Basins. Therefore, any managed wetland parcel(s) defined as:

Publicly or privately-owned wetlands that receive seasonal, semi-permanent, or permanent flooding to simulate natural processes that promote food production and habitat for the benefit of wetland-dependent species. Along with artificial flooding, other routine maintenance and management activities are typically required to maintain habitat, wildlife, and other ecological benefits.

NOT CONSIDERED MANAGED WETLANDS: irrigated agriculture and wetland operations rotated on the same land.