Governing Law and Regulations
National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit requirements: 40 CFR 122
Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act of 1970, California Water Code (CWC) 13000 to 14958
State Report of Waste Discharge (ROWD) Program: CWC 13260 to 13274
Applicability: CWC 13260
Applications: 23 California Code of Regulations (CCR) 2205 and 23 CCR 2206
CEQA requirements: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), California Public Resources Code (CPRC) 21062 and CPRC 21063
Approved projects: 23 CCR 2208
Monitoring program reports: 23 CCR 2230
Publicly-owned treatment works (POTWs): 23 CCR 2233
Permit term: 23 CCR 2235.4
Compliance schedules: 23 CCR 2231
Fees: 23 CCR 2200.2
Regional Water Quality Control Boards (RWQCBs)
California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA)
State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) Division of Water Quality
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 state permits, general permits, and permits for federal facilities and for pretreatment facilities under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program in California. The Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act authorizes the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) and Regional Water Quality Control Boards (RWQCBs) to protect state surface water and groundwater quality through the NPDES programs and to issue permits.
• Administration and enforcement. Cal/EPA's SWRCB and ...