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[[File:boards.jpg|250px|thumb|Figure 1: California Regional Water Quality Boards <ref name="png1">[http://ucnfanews.ucanr.edu/Articles/Feature_Stories/_New__Ag_Waivers_from_two_regional_water_quality_control_boards / Newman, Julie. 2012. "New" Ag Waivers from two regional water quality control boards. UC Nursery and Floriculture Alliance.]</ref>]]
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[[File:boards.jpg|250px|thumb|Figure 1: California Regional Water Quality Control Boards <ref name="png1">[http://ucnfanews.ucanr.edu/Articles/Feature_Stories/_New__Ag_Waivers_from_two_regional_water_quality_control_boards / Newman, Julie. 2012. "New" Ag Waivers from two regional water quality control boards. UC Nursery and Floriculture Alliance.]</ref>]]
 
== Background ==
 
== Background ==
 
The Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board (CCRWQCB) is one of the nine boards that jointly works with the [[State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB)]]  to sustain clean and abundant water for the residents of the state of California (Figure 1). The water boards aim to protect the environment, as well as the sustainable use of water across the state<ref name = "about regions"> [https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/about_us / CWB (California Water Board). About The Water Board.]</ref>. The CCRWQCB's mission emphasizes upholding water quality standards, and taking different hydrology and topography of the region into consideration when implementing water quality plans <ref name = "about"> [https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/centralcoast/about_us / CWB (California Water Board). Central Coast Regional Board: About Us.]  </ref>.
 
The Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board (CCRWQCB) is one of the nine boards that jointly works with the [[State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB)]]  to sustain clean and abundant water for the residents of the state of California (Figure 1). The water boards aim to protect the environment, as well as the sustainable use of water across the state<ref name = "about regions"> [https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/about_us / CWB (California Water Board). About The Water Board.]</ref>. The CCRWQCB's mission emphasizes upholding water quality standards, and taking different hydrology and topography of the region into consideration when implementing water quality plans <ref name = "about"> [https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/centralcoast/about_us / CWB (California Water Board). Central Coast Regional Board: About Us.]  </ref>.
  
 
===California State Law===
 
===California State Law===
In 1969 the [[Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act]] established the nine regional boards as California's principal bodies responsible of regulating water quality. Under this statute, there are certain responsibilities of the [[SWRCB]] that don't overlap with regional boards', as seen in Figure 2. The State Water Board allocates funds, guides regional projects, and reviews regional decisions. The State Water Board is also in charge of allocating rights of surface water, whereas regional boards are to regulate point source discharges and distribute [[National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System]] permits. Together, the water boards protect groundwater and surface waters of California <ref name= "laws"> [https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/nps/encyclopedia/0a_laws_policy.shtml / State of California. Federal, State, and Local Laws, Policy and Regulations. California Environmental Protection Agency. State Water Resources Control Board.] </ref>.
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In 1969 the [[Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act]] established the nine regional boards as California's principal bodies responsible for regulating water quality. Under this statute, there are certain objectives that are solely the responsibility of the [[CCRWQCB]], and some that are solely the responsibility of the [[SWRCB]] that don't overlap, as seen in Figure 2. The State Water Board allocates funds, guides regional programs, reviews regional decisions and allocates rights of surface water, among other duties. Regional Water Boards regulate point source discharges and distribute [[National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System]] permits, among other duties. Together, the water boards protect groundwater and surface waters of California <ref name= "laws"> [https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/nps/encyclopedia/0a_laws_policy.shtml / State of California. Federal, State, and Local Laws, Policy and Regulations. California Environmental Protection Agency. State Water Resources Control Board.] </ref>.
 
[[File:water.png|250px|thumb|Figure 2: Allocation of duties. Diagram created by Arev Markarian ]]
 
[[File:water.png|250px|thumb|Figure 2: Allocation of duties. Diagram created by Arev Markarian ]]
  
 
== Governance ==
 
== Governance ==
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Each of the nine Regional Water Boards nominally have nine, and sometimes fewer part-time members <ref name="mem"> [https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/centralcoast/about_us/board_members.html / CWB (California Water Board). Members. Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board.] </ref> appointed by the Governor, and confirmed by the Senate, for four-year terms <ref name="g"> [https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/centralcoast/about_us/waterboards_structure.html / CWB (California Water Board). Water Boards Structure. Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board.] </ref>. The CCRWQCB board members meet once a month either in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Watsonville, or Salinas county offices <ref name ="h"> [https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/centralcoast/board_info/agendas/2018/2018_agendas.html / CWB (California Water Board). Agendas 2018. Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board.] </ref>.
Each of the nine Regional Water Boards have nine part-time members <ref name="mem"> [https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/centralcoast/about_us/board_members.html / CWB (California Water Board). Members. Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board.] </ref> appointed by the Governor, and confirmed by the Senate, for four-year terms <ref name="g"> [https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/centralcoast/about_us/waterboards_structure.html / CWB (California Water Board). Water Boards Structure. Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board.] </ref>. The CCRWQCB board members meet once a month either in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Watsonville, or Salinas county offices <ref name ="h"> [https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/centralcoast/board_info/agendas/2018/2018_agendas.html / CWB (California Water Board). Agendas 2018. Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board.] </ref>.
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== Goals and Associated Projects ==
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== Goals and Associated Programs ==
  
CCRWQCB has established short-term, water quality goals under their "Vision of Healthy Watersheds" framework, that are beneficial to the health of its customers. <ref name = "measurable goals"> [https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/centralcoast/publications_forms/publications/vision / CWB (California Water Board). Healthy Watersheds - A Vision for the Future.] </ref>. By the year 2025, these goals include:
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The CCRWQCB has established short-term, water quality goals under their "Vision of Healthy Watersheds" framework, to push the Central Coast region's water use towards the standards of the State's Global Warming Solutions Act <ref name = "measurable goals"> [https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/centralcoast/publications_forms/publications/vision / CWB (California Water Board). Healthy Watersheds - A Vision for the Future.] </ref>. By the year 2025, :
  
*''80% of the aquatic habitat is healthy, and the remaining 20% is exhibiting positive trends towards reaching a sustainable and healthy standard''
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*''80% of the aquatic habitat will be healthy, and the remaining 20% will exhibit positive trends towards reaching a sustainable and healthy standard''
 
*''80% of lands located within a watershed will be properly managed to maintain essential watershed functions. The remaining 20% will show positive trends in key watershed perspectives''
 
*''80% of lands located within a watershed will be properly managed to maintain essential watershed functions. The remaining 20% will show positive trends in key watershed perspectives''
*''80% of groundwater in the Central Coast region will be clean, and the remaining 20% will exhibit positive trends towards key parameters of water quality in the Central Coast region''
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*''80% of groundwater in the Central Coast region will be clean, and the remaining 20% will exhibit positive trends towards key parameters of water quality in the Central Coast region''.
  
In order to reach these goals, the CCRWQCB has implemented many projects <ref name= "programs"> [https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/centralcoast/water_issues/programs / CWB (California Water Board). Programs. Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board.] </ref> to control water quality in the Central Coast including but not limited to:
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In order to reach these goals, the CCRWQCB has implemented many programs <ref name= "programs"> [https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/centralcoast/water_issues/programs / CWB (California Water Board). Programs. Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board.] </ref> to control water quality in the Central Coast including but not limited to:
 
*The [[Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL)]] Programs for Managing Impaired Bodies: Each impaired water body identified under [[The 303d list of Impaired Waterbodies in the Central Coast Region (R3)]]  is assigned a TMDL program to control the pollutants found.
 
*The [[Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL)]] Programs for Managing Impaired Bodies: Each impaired water body identified under [[The 303d list of Impaired Waterbodies in the Central Coast Region (R3)]]  is assigned a TMDL program to control the pollutants found.
*The [[Central Coast Ambient Monitoring Program]]: This program monitors bodies of water, providing water quality data, assuring impaired bodies' TMDL programs are furthered.
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*The [[Central Coast Ambient Monitoring Program]]: This program monitors bodies of water, providing water quality data, assuring impaired bodies' [[TMDL]] programs are furthered.
 
*The [[Basin Plan]]: Yearly master plan outlines water quality requirements for different uses, and associated plans to reach objectives.
 
*The [[Basin Plan]]: Yearly master plan outlines water quality requirements for different uses, and associated plans to reach objectives.
 
*The [[National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System]]: This permit program regulates point source discharge of pollutants into water bodies.  
 
*The [[National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System]]: This permit program regulates point source discharge of pollutants into water bodies.  
*The [[Ag Waiver]]: An order under California's Porter-Cologne Act allowing regional water boards to waive farmers' Waste Discharge Requirements during agricultural activities.
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*The [[Ag Waiver]]: An order under California's [[Porter-Cologne Act]] allowing regional water boards to waive farmers' Waste Discharge Requirements during agricultural activities.
  
 
== Links ==
 
== Links ==
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*[[State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB)]]
 
*[[State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB)]]
 
*[[Water Quality Control Plan for the Central Coast Region]]
 
*[[Water Quality Control Plan for the Central Coast Region]]
*[[The 303d list of Impaired Waterbodies in the Monterey Bay Region]]
 
 
*[[Central Coast Ambient Monitoring Program]]
 
*[[Central Coast Ambient Monitoring Program]]
 
*[[Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP)]]
 
*[[Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP)]]
 
*[[The 303d list of Impaired Waterbodies in the Central Coast Region (R3)]]
 
*[[The 303d list of Impaired Waterbodies in the Central Coast Region (R3)]]
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*[[Ag Waiver]]
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*[[TMDL]]
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*[[Porter-Cologne Act]]
  
 
== References ==
 
== References ==
 
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<references/>

Latest revision as of 15:42, 12 April 2018

Figure 1: California Regional Water Quality Control Boards [1]

Background

The Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board (CCRWQCB) is one of the nine boards that jointly works with the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) to sustain clean and abundant water for the residents of the state of California (Figure 1). The water boards aim to protect the environment, as well as the sustainable use of water across the state[2]. The CCRWQCB's mission emphasizes upholding water quality standards, and taking different hydrology and topography of the region into consideration when implementing water quality plans [3].

California State Law

In 1969 the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act established the nine regional boards as California's principal bodies responsible for regulating water quality. Under this statute, there are certain objectives that are solely the responsibility of the CCRWQCB, and some that are solely the responsibility of the SWRCB that don't overlap, as seen in Figure 2. The State Water Board allocates funds, guides regional programs, reviews regional decisions and allocates rights of surface water, among other duties. Regional Water Boards regulate point source discharges and distribute National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits, among other duties. Together, the water boards protect groundwater and surface waters of California [4].

Figure 2: Allocation of duties. Diagram created by Arev Markarian

Governance

Each of the nine Regional Water Boards nominally have nine, and sometimes fewer part-time members [5] appointed by the Governor, and confirmed by the Senate, for four-year terms [6]. The CCRWQCB board members meet once a month either in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Watsonville, or Salinas county offices [7].

Goals and Associated Programs

The CCRWQCB has established short-term, water quality goals under their "Vision of Healthy Watersheds" framework, to push the Central Coast region's water use towards the standards of the State's Global Warming Solutions Act [8]. By the year 2025, :

  • 80% of the aquatic habitat will be healthy, and the remaining 20% will exhibit positive trends towards reaching a sustainable and healthy standard
  • 80% of lands located within a watershed will be properly managed to maintain essential watershed functions. The remaining 20% will show positive trends in key watershed perspectives
  • 80% of groundwater in the Central Coast region will be clean, and the remaining 20% will exhibit positive trends towards key parameters of water quality in the Central Coast region.

In order to reach these goals, the CCRWQCB has implemented many programs [9] to control water quality in the Central Coast including but not limited to:

Links

References

  1. / Newman, Julie. 2012. "New" Ag Waivers from two regional water quality control boards. UC Nursery and Floriculture Alliance.
  2. / CWB (California Water Board). About The Water Board.
  3. / CWB (California Water Board). Central Coast Regional Board: About Us.
  4. / State of California. Federal, State, and Local Laws, Policy and Regulations. California Environmental Protection Agency. State Water Resources Control Board.
  5. / CWB (California Water Board). Members. Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board.
  6. / CWB (California Water Board). Water Boards Structure. Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board.
  7. / CWB (California Water Board). Agendas 2018. Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board.
  8. / CWB (California Water Board). Healthy Watersheds - A Vision for the Future.
  9. / CWB (California Water Board). Programs. Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board.