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The Coming Sea-Change in Stormwater Rules

5/23/2011 Articles

The issue of how to manage stormwater for wineries likely brings to mind irrigation and drainage management.

A large number of wineries, however, must comply with California's General Permit for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Industrial Activities. Wineries that currently operate under the General Stormwater Permit should be aware that the State Water Board recently published a long-awaited revision to the permit that could have a significant impact on their operations and costs.

Click here to view the full article. Published in North Bay Business Journal (2011).

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