Identifying and Protecting Ground Water Protection Areas
DPR regulates the use of known ground water contaminants in vulnerable areas called ground water protection areas.
- Identifying ground water
How soils and depth to ground water data are used to identify ground water protection areas.
- Location of
ground water protection areas
Locations of ground water protection areas by county. GWPAs are one-square mile sections of land vulnerable to the movement of pesticides to ground water, via runoff or leaching, based either on pesticide detections or on certain soil types and a depth to ground water shallower than 70 feet.
- Identifying pathways,
mechanisms, and mitigation measures
DPR has identified runoff and leaching as two pathways to ground water, excess irrigation and rainfall runoff as two mechanisms for moving pesticides to ground water, and mitigation measures to stop or prevent ground water contamination.
use regulations to protect ground water
Regulations adopted by DPR to protect ground water from contamination resulting from agricultural, outdoor industrial and outdoor institutional use of pesticides.
- Evaluating the
effectiveness of ground water protection regulations
Annual sampling in a well network to determine if use restrictions in ground water protection areas are reducing pesticide concentrations in ground water over time.
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