August 4, 2017 UPDATE
Upper Santa Margarita Irrigated Lands Group
have heard by now that the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control
Board is requiring all agricultural operations within
its jurisdiction to abide by their General Order #R9-2016-004.
This order is for production agriculture only. If you have only
horses or confined animals you can ignore this notice.
The Upper Santa
Margarita Irrigated Lands Group is a 501 3(c) non-profit
organization that was formed in 2010 that has been reactivated and
approved for third party group status with the regional board.
Previously USMILG conducted all of the testing and reporting for its
members during the previous Agricultural Waiver #4. USMILG is
aligned with the Riverside County Farm Bureau, the largest farm
organization in the county and a Farm Bureau membership will be
required to join USMILG. Our Board is made up of all long time
Riverside County growers. Testing and administration is very
expensive, however due to the large amount of people like you that
joined USMILG previously those costs were kept to a minimum. USMILG
members stretch from Winchester to De Luz all the way to Anza to
cover the most acreage possible and keep costs low. The
deadline to enroll in the group has been extended to August 31, 2017. After that date
you can still enroll, however the regional board will be charging an
extra $200. The fee to join the USMILG is $300 in addition to your
Farm Bureau membership fee.
To enroll the first
step is to join The Riverside County Farm Bureau. If you are a
newcomer or left the group, that can be done online
right here (click
on Join Farm Bureau)
and then send a check to USMILG for the
enrollment fee to our current address at 33320 Temecula Pkwy.
Temecula, CA 92592. If you are a current Riverside County Farm
Bureau member please send us your membership number along with the
enrollment fee at the same address. Clearly there will be additional
fees as we move into the near future to cover administration,
testing and acreage fees charged by the state.
The final two steps
are to fill out a Notice of Intent with the San Diego Regional
Board. That document can be found online at
This document goes directly to the regional board so make a copy of
it and send it to the USMILG so we can get it in
your file. The final step is to prepare a water quality protection plan for
your ranch. We have included the pdf form that you can fill out and send to the
USMILG to meet that requirement.
Click here for PDF.
As you can imagine
dealing with governmental agencies is never a pleasing proposition
and this situation is no different. We hope to make the process a
little less painful. We look forward to hearing from you and
becoming part of our group.
If you have
any additional questions, please contact Steve Corona at
A website for the USMILG is being restructured at this time. Once
the website comes online, a link will be posted on this site.
Thank you for your patience.