Conservation, Environmental Justice, and Industry Sue State over Agricultural Pollution

Last Wednesday, a coalition of five nonprofit organizations and an elderly woman on a fixed income in Monterey County, Antonia Manzo, who cannot drink water from her tap because it is contaminated with agricultural waste, filed a lawsuit in California Superior Court challenging the Central Coast Conditional Waiver of Waste Discharge Requirements for Discharges from Irrigated Agriculture (also known as the Ag Waiver). The coalition contends that the Ag Waiver is so weak it does not comply with State Law. The organizations (Santa Barbara Channelkeeper, The Otter Project, Environmental Justice Coalition for Water, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, and California Sportfishing Protection Alliance) represent a broad alliance of conservation, environmental justice, and industry united in protecting clean water.

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