Modoc County landowner fined for failing to get water quality permit

The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board fined a Modoc County landowner after he failed to get the required permit for discharging waste from his irrigated cropland on his 60-acre property located in the Pit River Watershed, a tributary of the Sacramento River.

Renee Larranaga was fined $19,773.

"Owners of unpermitted irrigated lands are undermining the regulatory program and efforts to mitigate agricultural-related water quality problems," said Andrew Altevogt, assistant executive officer for the Central Valley Water Board. "With this penalty, the Board is sending a strong message that it's time for the remaining non-permitted growers to obtain all appropriate regulatory coverage."

Officials said state law requires water quality permits for commercial irrigated lands to ensure waste discharges don't harm the Central Valley's rivers and groundwater aquifers.

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