Governing Law and Regulations
California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) SWRCB Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB)
California Department of Water Resources
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 9
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. California is authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program. California regulates pollution from agricultural waste runoff through the NPDES concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) rules. The state's confined animal facilities programs have been authorized by the state to be managed by regional water quality control boards (RWQCBs), which have stringent rules about inspections, standards for lagoons, and wastewater management.
• Administration and enforcement. Cal/EPA, through the state RWQCBs, administers and enforces the NPDES permit program, which includes rules for confined ...