State Water Board Laws & Regs

State Water Board Laws & Regs

Created by the State Legislature in 1967, the five-member State Water Resources Control Board protects water quality by setting statewide policy, coordinating and supporting the Regional Water Board efforts, and reviewing petitions that contest Regional Board actions. The State Board is also solely responsible for allocating surface water rights.

Each of the five full-time salaried board members fills a different specialized position (representing the public, engineering expertise, water quality expertise and water supply). The members are appointed to four-year terms by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate.

Laws and Regulations

Agricultural Water Quality Programs

The Central Coast Basin Plan is the governing document for the work of the Central Coast Regional Water Board. It designates beneficial uses and water quality objectives for waters of the State, including surface waters and groundwater.

See the Regional Water Board’s Scheduled Meeting Dates & Locations

See webpage links at left for the Central Coast Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program (Ag Order 4.0) for current water quality requirements.