Sonoma, Mendocino county grape growers battling new rules designed to reduce sediment, pesticides in local waterways

Aug 2, 2023 at 6:00pm

Mary Callahan, Press Democrat

A new program targeting 1,500 commercial grape growers in Sonoma and Mendocino counties and designed to improve water quality in local creeks and rivers is drawing criticism from members of the agricultural community.

The draft rules include reporting requirements, annual fees, well and groundwater monitoring, ground cover requirements and restrictions on wintertime operations that growers deem excessive.

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