Public Participation

The Office of Public Participation was created to strengthen our efforts at involving the public in our decision-making processes and respond to public inquiries about the Water Boards’ programs. This also means that the office will assist staff with designing and implementing effective stakeholder involvement processes to ensure all interested parties can participate in Water Board activities.

The office is most often called upon to assist the Regions, Divisions, and/or Offices when dealing with Tribal, Environmental Justice, and Disadvantaged communities. Additionally, the office offers written (translation) language services to assist with Water Boards’ outreach efforts. The State Water Board Members and Executive Management support meaningful public participation and stakeholder collaboration/meetings. Therefore, the office has played an integral role in assisting staff and departments on many State Board high priority projects/issues.

The Director of the Office of Public Participation serves in the following capacities:

  • Ombudsman for the Board
  • Environmental Justice Coordinator
  • Tribal Liaison
  • Agricultural Liaison
  • Public Participation, Education and Outreach
  • Small Business Ombudsman
  • General Program Inquiries
  • Water Recycling Ombudsman

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State Water Resources Control Board
Office of Public Participation
1001 I Street, 13th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 341-5254

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