State of California


California Stormwater Laws & Regulations

The State of California operates under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program under the authorization of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) manages the permitting and compliance of stormwater discharge with nine regional water quality control boards across the state.

EXCERPT- Construction Stormwater Program

Construction General Permit

Construction General Permit Order 2009-0009-DWQ

Dischargers whose projects disturb one (1) or more acres of soil or whose projects disturb less than one acre but are part of a larger common plan of development that in total disturbs one or more acres, are required to obtain coverage under the General Permit for Discharges of Storm Water Associated with Construction Activity Construction General Permit Order 2009-0009-DWQ. Construction activity subject to this permit includes clearing, grading and disturbances to the ground such as stockpiling, or excavation, but does not include regular maintenance activities performed to restore the original line, grade, or capacity of the facility.

The Construction General Permit requires the development of a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) by a certified Qualified SWPPP Developer (QSD). Many California Board of Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists (CBPELSG) have self-certified. In addition the California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA) has a lookup tool to find licensed QSDs: CASQA QSP/QSD Lookup Tool.

Other Permits

The Lahontan Regional Water Board (Regional Water Board 6SLT) has adopted its own permit to regulate storm water discharges from construction activity in the Lake Tahoe Hydrologic Unit. Owners of construction projects in this watershed must apply for the Regional Water Board permit rather than the statewide Construction General Permit. Construction projects within the Lake Tahoe Hydrologic Unit must comply with the Construction General NPDES Permit for the Lake Tahoe Basin (R6T-2011-0019) for remainder of 2016. Construction General NPDES Permit for the Lake Tahoe Basin (R6T -2016-0010, effective January 1, 2017).

EXCERPT- California NPDES Wastewater Website

WHERE DO I DISCHARGE?
WHERE SHOULD I GET MY PERMIT?

This map shows the nine Regional Water Board boundaries which are based on watersheds. Using the map, determine where your discharge will occur and contact the appropriate Regional Water Board NPDES Program Manager for that region. The contact information for the Regional Water Board NPDES Program Managers is shown in the table below.

Regional Water Board NPDES Program Managers

RB Contact Phone Numbers

1

Claudia Villacorta, Supervising WRCE
Claudia.Villacorta@waterboards.ca.gov
(707) 576-2069

2

Bill Johnson, EPM I
Bill.Johnson@waterboards.ca.gov
(510) 622-2354

2

Robert Schlipf, Senior WRCE
Robert.Schlipf@waterboards.ca.gov
(510) 622-2478

3

Phillip Hammer, Senior EG
Phillip.Hammer@waterboards.ca.gov
(805) 549-3882

4

Augustine Anijielo, Senior WRCE
Augustine.Anijielo@waterboards.ca.gov
(213) 576-6657

4

Jeong-Hee Lim, Senior WRCE
Jeong-Hee.Lim@waterboards.ca.gov
(213) 576-6616

5

Jim Marshall, Senior WRCE
James.Marshall@waterboards.ca.gov
(916) 464-4772

6SLT

Russell Norman, WRCE
Russell.Norman@waterboards.ca.gov
(530) 542-5467

6V

Jehiel Cass, Senior WRCE
Jehiel.Cass@waterboards.ca.gov
(760) 241-2434

7

Abdi Haile, Supervising EG
Abdi.Haile@waterboards.ca.gov
(760) 776-8939

7

Kai Dunn, Senior WRCE
Kai.Dunn@waterboards.ca.gov
(760) 776-8986

8

Milasol Gaslan, Senior WRCE
Milasol.Gaslan@waterboards.ca.gov
(951) 782-4419

9

David Barker, Supervising WRCE
David.Barker@waterboards.ca.gov
(619) 521-3007

9

Brandi Outwin-Beals, Senior WRCE
Brandi.Outwin-Beals@waterboards.ca.gov
(619) 521-5896

 

Supplemental Documents:

California Stormwater Website

Stormwater Multiple Application and Report Tracking System (SMARTS) Login

Storm Water Management in California Fact Sheet