Group sues Monterey County Water Resources Agency over polluted runoff

A lawsuit by an environmental group claims the Monterey County Water Resources Agency is illegally allowing polluted irrigation water to flow into the Salinas River and Elkhorn Slough. Full Story
Steve Shimek

Salinas, CA

#1 Oct 28, 2010
If anyone would like to actually read the complaint, it is posted on our website, . Follow the link on the homepage. Agricultural pollution is a very serious problem in Monterey County impacting the health of our residents, our ecosystems, and our wallets. Many municipalities in our county must treat the water to remove agricultural pollutants before distributing the water to city customers. People drinking from rural wells probably have no idea what they are drinking. We are not against agriculture -- I love a good salad! We just want the fertilizers and pesticides to stay on the farm and not pollute OUR water. MCWRA provides clean water to farmers and then disposes of -- or pumps -- the polluted wastewater into the Salinas River, Elkhorn Slough and Monterey Bay.

Santa Cruz, CA

#2 Oct 28, 2010
Perkins does not want local County control of ag runoff because 'growers' would finally have to do something about pollutants from ag fields. Perkins is the one who is coming from 'left field' and he's protecting farming interests rather than considering the health of people and the environment. This is irresponsible and THAT's why this law suit is a must. Good luck though. Dealing with a local multi million dollar industry (Ag) is like taking on the energy cartels.
Another take

Seaside, CA

#3 Oct 28, 2010
Monterey County Weekly had this story last week: @@index
Glenda Hernandez

Orangevale, CA

#4 Dec 29, 2012
We live in 8709 archer rd prundale.And this water is killing us we know the water is polluted.Please help us and please contact me asap.

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