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Waste Management Plan workshops underway


November 6, 2009
By Marg Land

November 3, 2009, Tulare,
CA – A series of workshops designed to help Central Valley dairy producers
prepare and submit engineered Waste Management Plans (WMP) begin today in
Tulare.



November 3, 2009, Tulare,
CA – A series of workshops designed to help Central Valley dairy producers
prepare and submit engineered Waste Management Plans (WMP) begin today in
Tulare.

The workshops are
sponsored by the California Dairy Quality Assurance Program (CDQAP) in advance
of the July 2010 submittal deadline. In addition to submitting annual Waste
Discharge Requirement (WDR)
reports, dairy operators will also be required to
prepare and submit engineered Waste Management Plans.

“Because WMPs require
professional assistance and significant time and cost to prepare, it makes
sense to get an early start,” notes Paul Martin, Western United Dairymen’s
(WUD)
director of environmental services.

Key topics covered in the
workshops include deliverables due for the next deadline, including what needs
to be started now and items that need to be finished before July 1, 2010;
important updates on groundwater monitoring requirements, on-farm inspections
and Nutrient Management Plans (NMPs); critical information on avoiding the most
common types of WDR violations; and tips on working with outside consultants
and employees to maximize efficiency and reduce costs. In addition, the
workshops will include the latest news and information on the next annual
report form and mortality management option research.

All workshops are open to
dairy owners/operators, their employees, consultants, and other dairy
professionals. The workshops are free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis.
Reservations are not required.

Fall 2009 WMP workshop
schedule:

Tulare County (2
workshops)

Tuesday, Nov. 3, 9:30a –
12:30p

Thursday, Dec. 3, 1:30p –
4:30p

County Ag Center
Auditorium

4437 S Laspina, Tulare

Use back entrance on Nov 3

 

Stanislaus County (2
workshops)

Thursday, Nov. 5, 9:30a –
12:30p

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 1:30p –
4:30p

County Ag Center Harvest
Hall

3800 Cornucopia Way,
Modesto

 

Glenn County

Monday, Nov. 9, 9:30a –
12:30p

Farm Bureau Board Room

831 5th Street, Orland

 

Merced County

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 9:30a –
12:30p

UC Extension classroom

2145 W Wardrobe, Merced

 

San Joaquin County

Thursday, Nov. 19, 9:30a –
12:30p

Ag Center Conference Room

2101 E Earhart, Stockton

 

Fresno County

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 1:30p
– 4:30p

Riverdale Memorial Hall

3085 W Mount Whitney,
Riverdale

Across from high school


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