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December 17, 2012 | 11:30 AM

A workshop on proposed new water quality regulations affecting vineyard properties in the Napa River and Sonoma Creek Watersheds is scheduled for tomorrow, Dec. 18, in Glen Ellen.

Vineyard owners and operators have until Feb. 1 to submit public comments to the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board about a conditional waiver program for vineyard facilities. The waiver reduces requirements for waste discharge provided that property owners comply with terms of the waiver, such as implementing vineyard management practices to meet water quality requirements.

Landowners located on one or more parcels with 20 acres or more are especially encouraged to attend, advises the Sonoma County Winegrape Commission.

The Southern Sonoma County Resource Conservation District and UC Cooperative Extension are presenting the free workshop from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Atwood Ranch, 12099 Sonoma Highway in Glen Ellen. Dress warmly as the workshop will be held in a barn. RSVP to Alicia Moss at 707-794-1242, ext. 109 or

A public hearing before the Water Board will be on March 13. Comments may be submitted by letter, fax or e-mail to:

San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board
Attn: Sandi Potter
1515 Clay Street, Suite 1400, Oakland, CA 94612

Fax: 510-622-2460 or

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