Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board (CCRWQCB)

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The Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board (CCRWQCB) is comprised of nine part-time members appointed by the governor of California and confirmed by the Senate. The CCRWQCB's "basin plan" encompasses the hydrologic areas of the Central Coast region, issuing waste discharge requirements, enforcement action against violators, and monitoring water quality. [1]


The Central Coast region of the Regional Water Quality Control Boards of California is one of nine regions that is dedicated towards providing abundant clean water for human use and environmental protection to sustain California's future. [2] The task of protecting and enforcing the many uses of water throughout the economic, residential, and environmental aspects of the region is an ongoing challenge for the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board. [2] The Central Coast region protects 378 miles of coastline and 3559 square miles of groundwater basins. The area includes Santa Cruz and Monterey Peninsula, the Salinas and Santa Maria Valleys, and the Santa Barbara Plains. [2]


Widespread toxicity in surface waters, pollutant loading to groundwater, and degradation of watersheds are three key factors that the Central Coast region is facing. The CCRWQCB is essential to setting standards and making critical decisions to address these issues. [3] The Central Coast Water Board has developed a "Vision of Healthy Watersheds" to protect and enhance the Central Coast watersheds in order to promote healthy and sustainable water that meets regional standards. [3] The vision establishes and structures work towards promoting the highest quality water standards and anticipates challenges and opportunities in water quality that would position the agency to respond quickly to unexpected issues that may arise. [3]

Basin Plan

The Water Quality Control Plan for the Central Coast Region designates beneficial uses and water quality goals for the Central Coast region. It also includes programs that implement the achievement of water quality objectives. [4]

Measurable Goals

CCRWQCB is seeking to establish short-term, water quality goals that are beneficial to the health of its customers. By the year 2025, these goals include:

  • 80% of the aquatic habitat is healthy, and the remaining 20% is exhibiting 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.

Impaired Waterbodies

Central Coast Ambient Monitoring Program

Wastewater Permitting and Water Quality Certification


Link to CCRWQCB site: http://www.swrcb.ca.gov/rwqcb3/

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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 [2]
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 [3]
  4. [4]