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Expedited Payment Program - The Central Coast Water Board Enforcement Unit has issued a conditional offer to participate in the Central Coast Water Board’s Expedited Payment Program for the following bulleted parties to settle violations subject to mandatory minimum penalties pursuant to California Water Code sections 13385(h) and (i), and sections 13399.33(c) and (d). The listed recipients have agreed to pay the penalties proposed by the Assistant Executive Officer, pending public comment and subject to approval by the Central Coast Water Board or its Executive Officer.

  • None at this time.

Santa Barbara County, Laguna County Sanitation District – On August 27, 2015, the Central Coast Water Board Assistant Executive Officer and the Laguna County Sanitation District agreed to settle the alleged violation of Clean Water Act section 301 and Statewide Waste Discharge Requirements for Sanitary Sewer Systems, State Water Board Order No. 2006-0003-DWQ for $38,832.  Settlement Agreement and Stipulation for Entry of Administrative Civil Liability Order, Proposed Order No. R3-2015-0002 is hereby published on August 27, 2015, for public comment through September 26, 2015.  The proposed Order alleges that the District failed to prevent a sanitary sewer overflow on September 18, 2014, which spilled an estimated 12,500 gallons of untreated sewage to Orcutt Creek.  The proposed Order allows the District to pay $17,391 of the total liability to the Central Coast Ambient Monitoring Program – Groundwater Assessment and Protection program (CCAMP-GAP) as a Supplemental Environmental Project, which will result in ground water monitoring to characterize water quality in the Central Coast region with focus on providing the public with information about the safety of their drinking water, and providing drinking water for disadvantaged communities.  The proposed Order requires the District to pay the remaining $21,441 of the total liability to the State Water Board Cleanup and Abatement Account, which provides grants to clean up pollution in cases where no viable responsible party is available, or for habitat restoration, studies, monitoring, and planning activities.  If comments or information received during this public comment period do not reasonably affect the proposed settlement, the Assistant Executive Officer will present the Order to the Central Coast Water Board or its Executive Officer for adoption.  The public may submit written comments to: Central Coast Water Board, Attn: Thea Tryon, 895 Aerovista Place, Suite 101, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, or may email comments to Thea.Tryon@waterboards.ca.gov.

Carpinteria Sanitary District WWTP Enforcement Action (select this link to see a dedicated web page)

South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District Enforcement Action (select this link to see a dedicated web page)

Greka Oil & Gas, Inc. - On May 13, 2010, the Central Coast Water Board adopted Stipulated Administrative Civil Liability Order No. R3-2010-0034 imposing a $1.2 million penalty on Greka to settle allegations that Greka violated cleanup requirements applying to petroleum-impacted waste materials stored throughout its facilities in Santa Barbara County. The Water Board issued a news release on May 19, 2010.

Greka Oil & Gas, Inc. - July 10, 2009 Resolution No. R3-2009-0054 requesting that the Attorney General seek civil enforcement against Greka for alleged waste discharges (e.g., crude oil, produced water, residuary products of petroleum) to state and federal waters

Authorized Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEP), Enhanced Compliance Actions (ECA), and Compliance Projects (CP) - Penalty Project Report

The Penalty Project Report allows the public to search for a list of enforcement actions associated with a SEP, ECA, and/or a CP, by specifying search criteria to obtain information on projects, including the monetary amount and status.  Please use this glossary to obtain definitions of the program acronyms listed on the search criteria page.

Administrative Civil Liabilities

The Fact Sheet describes the process that Water Boards follow in imposing administrative civil liabilities.

Water Code sections 13225(k) and 13323(e) Report

The Regional Water Boards are posting, on a quarterly interval, information related to all enforcement activities that are recorded in their data system. In addition, for administrative civil liability actions, they are providing information related to the initial assessment of the civil liability, the final assessment of civil liability and whether a hearing was waived. The following reports provide this information for the previous three years.

In addition to the summary information provided by these quarterly reports, access to enforcement information on a real-time basis is available to the public. This information can be accessed from the California Integrated Water Quality System (CIWQS) Public Reports page on the State Water Resources Control Board's Internet website.

Regular Water Board Agenda Reports

To view Enforcement Reports provided in the Central Coast Water Board's regular agendas, please go to the Board Meetings web page, select the year of interest and then the meeting agenda. Once viewing the agenda, select the item titled Enforcement Report.