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Hastings Law Journal

Abstract

Recent amendments to the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Act withdraw the general waiver for agricultural discharge. Discharges from agricultural lands include irrigation return flow, flows from tile drains, and storm water runoff. Historically, most regional boards regulated these discharges, but recent legislation now requires regional boards to review and renew their waivers or replace them with waste discharge requirements. This Panel of experts discussed the impact of these modified waiver requirements as well as their appropriateness and efficacy in ameliorating waste discharge issues.

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