The State Water Resources Control Board on Tuesday, Sept. 23, after hearing testimony from Western United Dairymen and many concerned dairy producers, decided not to include North Coast dairies in the Confined Animal Facilities (CAF) fee program and to not put a cap of $2,500 on the discount given to dairies that have qualified under the California Dairy Quality Assurance Program (CDQAP.)
However, the board voted to move forward with a 31% CAF fee hike for existing permits, drawing vehement objections from WUD and dairy producers. In a letter sent to Felicia Marcus, chair of the SWRCB, following the hearing, Western United Dairymen CEO Michael Marsh said WUD “continues to oppose drastic increases in fees and specifically charges to dairy farmers for costs not related to dairy regulatory programs. We look forward to a productive stakeholder process where we can provide our members relief on this issue.”
Marsh noted that WUD has participated in the stakeholder process discussing the fee issue since the adoption of fees in 2013. “It is vitally important that this stakeholder process be able to address the actual amount of fees paid by the regulated parties and how fees can be reduced,” said Marsh.
Sept. 26, 2014 WUD Friday Update