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. [5] 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

On December 9, 2016, CCRWQCB's staff approved recommendations to update The 303d list of Impaired Waterbodies in the Monterey Bay Region. [6] The 303d list is a compilation of waterbodies that are considered polluted in the United States. [7]

Central Coast Ambient Monitoring Program

The Central Coast Ambient Monitoring Program (CCAMP) is the CCRWQCB's water quality monitoring and assessment program. It is funded primarily by the State Water Board's Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) along with a private endowment from the Bay Foundation of Morro Bay. [8]

CCAMP strives to achieve goals and objectives that would establish healthy watersheds throughout the Central Coast. Programmatic objectives include: [8]

  • 'Provide data to support the establishment, review, and revision of water quality objectives'
  • 'Determine whether water quality objectives are attained (CWA Section 305(b))'
  • 'Identify impaired waters (CWA Section 303(d))'
  • 'Assess the overall health of Central Coast watersheds for aquatic life and human uses'
  • 'Support the implementation and evaluation of Water Board management programs'
  • 'Provide water quality information to users in accessible forms to support decision-making'
  • 'Collaborate with other monitoring programs to promote effective and efficient monitoring'

Wastewater Permitting and Water Quality Certification


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


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