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State Water Resource Control Board


The State Water Resource Control Board (SWRCB) is an umbrella agency that regulates water resources in California. It is one of the sub agencies of the California Environmental Protection Agency CalEPA.
From the California SWRCB website:
“To preserve, enhance, and restore the quality of California’s water resources and drinking water for the protection of the environment, public health, and all beneficial uses, and to ensure proper water resource allocation and efficient use, for the benefit of present and future generations.”
The SWRCB and nine Regional Water Quality Control Boards were originally established as part of the 1949 Dickey water Pollution Control Act. Subsequent laws in 1963 and 1969 have further expanded the duties of the SWRCB and the Regional Water Quality Control Boards.

Geographic Jurisdiction

The State Water Resource Control Board has jurisdiction in the entire state of California. For some programs, authority is often delegated to the Regional Water Quality Control Boards, or the Unified Program Agencies.

Activities Regulated

The SWRCB is tasked with the implementation and enforcement of numerous programs and regulations related to water quality, including drinking water, surface water, ground water, ocean water, and stormwater runoff. Their program listing includes the following:
  • Clean Water Act Water Quality Certification and Wetlands Program
  • Agriculture
  • California Integrated Water Quality System Project (CIWQS)
  • Clean Beaches & Ocean Standards
  • Cleanup
  • Climate Change
  • Composting Facilities
  • Drinking Water Programs
  • Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ELAP)
  • Fresh Water & Estuary Standard Lands
  • Groundwater
  • Nonpoint Sources
  • Once Through Cooling
  • Sewage and Drinking Water Operator Certification
  • Storm Water
  • Storage Tanks
  • Suction Dredge Mining
  • Wastewater
  • Waste Disposal
  • Water Quality Assessment
  • Water Quality Monitoring
  • Water Quality Programs
  • Water Recycling
  • Water Rights Programs
  • Wetlands Policy


Complyrs offers the following environmental compliance programs that are regulated in whole, or in part by the SWRCB:
Industrial Stormwater
Commercial Stormwater
Underground Storage Tanks
Above Ground Storage Tanks


Wikipedia article on the SWRCB
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