The Butte-Yuba-Sutter Water Quality Coalition (BYSWQC) was formed through direct action of the Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau (YSFB) in 2004 to provide a local, grass-roots, non-governmental entity specifically for the purpose of assisting local landowners of irrigated, commercial agriculture comply with the state-mandated Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program. BYSWQC has a nine member board of trustees - three trustees from each county. To manage operations required of BYSWQC, three organizations hold contracts to provide those services. The Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau manages the member database, and is responsible for enrolling members, invoicing, and providing input from BYSWQC. The outreach and education component of BYSWQC is managed as follows: Butte Co. Farm bureau serves Butte County growers and Sutter County Resource Conservation District serves the Yuba-Sutter Counties.
YSFB felt their role in administering the program was a means of providing a benefit to Farm Bureau members who would otherwise need to work directly with the regulatory agency. BYSWQC is NOT the regulatory agency - the State Water Resources Control Board has the legal authority to develop and mandate a water quality monitoring program for irrigated agriculture.
YSFB helps members understand the regulatory program and to enroll in BYSWQC.
YSFB manages the membership database and is responsible for enrolling members, invoicing and providing input, feedback and push back from BYSWQC to the regulators