DWR is hosting a series of public meetings to share information and to seek feedback on a draft of Best Management Practices (BMPs) for sustainable groundwater management. BMPs are intended to provide clarification, guidance, and examples to help Groundwater Sustainability Agencies develop the essential elements of a Groundwater Sustainability Plan for the sustainable management of groundwater.

Meeting Schedule

Monday, November 14, 2016, 2:00 P.M.

Willows City Hall, City Council Chambers

Jeff Janas

The California Department of Industrial Relations updated its FAQ webpage on piece-rate compensation (AB 1513) to include much-needed information on the pay-outs for wages due to piece-rate employees. Employers impacted by these retro-payments should now be processing those payments to workers.

Info on retro payments can be found in the FAQs by going to the section on Calculating and Making Back Payments to Employees and Former Employees for Purposes of the Affirmative Defense.   

Jeff Janas

The Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) will be holding three public hearings to gather stakeholder input about a recently proposed regulation on agricultural pesticide use near schools and child daycare centers. Western Growers’ members are highly encouraged to participate in these hearings and voice their concerns about how this regulation would affect operations, as DPR will use this input to develop the new regulation.

Stephanie Metzinger

Japan issued an advisory requiring all celery shipments to be subjected to mandatory hold and test procedures due to a third maximum residue level (MRL) violation (Bifenthrin) reported on celery. 

All future shipments -- including those in transit -- will be tested by Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare before being released to the importer.

Jeff Janas



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