Stanislaus County farmers asked to sign up for pollutant monitoring program

local@modbee.comMay 7, 2013 

— The Stanislaus County Farm Bureau will put in extra hours to help farmers sign up for a program that could save them money on water monitoring.

Monday is the deadline to join the East San Joaquin Water Quality Coalition, which monitors pollutants from irrigated land in Stanislaus, Merced and Madera counties east of the San Joaquin River.

Farmers who do not sign up by then will face costlier direct regulation by the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board.

The coalition has been monitoring surface water for a decade. This year, the effort expands to groundwater.

Farmers can sign up in one of three ways:

• Visit www.esjcoalition.org for an online application.

• Call (209) 846-6112 to be mailed an application, which must be filled out and postmarked by Monday.

• Visit the Farm Bureau office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday or 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. It is at 1201 L St., Modesto.

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