As the North Coast and San Francisco Bay Area regional boards approached the time to reissue conditional waivers for dairies, UC ANR and their partners in the CDQAP environmental stewardship program were engaged in the process, prior to the dairy orders being adopted in January 2012 and July 2015, respectively (NCRWQCB 2012; SFBRWQCB 2015).
Once the dairy orders were adopted, CDQAP again used a collaborative process for record keeping and reporting template development, review and approval.
In the Central Valley, facilities certified in the CDQAP environmental stewardship program are inspected less frequently (every 5 years rather than every 3 years) by board staff because they are also evaluated by a CDQAP contractor.
Through collaborative efforts, UCANR and CDQAP have been leaders in the development and delivery of award-winning outreach programs to improve environmental management and sustainability at dairies with owner/operator participation.
Mullinax is Assistant Manager, CDQAP, and Interim Manager, California Dairy Research Foundation.