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Tribal Affairs

Welcome to the Water Boards' Tribal Affairs webpage

Meaningful engagement with California Native American Tribes is fundamental to the mission of the State Water Resources Control Board and Regional Water Quality Control Boards (collectively, the Water Boards). Collaboration and input from all Californians help the Water Boards advance decisions and policies that better protect the environment, public health, and beneficial uses by effectively managing California’s water resources. Working with California Native American Tribes holds a special value at the Water Boards because of our parallel relationship to the people we serve and because of Tribes’ historic knowledge and experience managing California’s water resources since time immemorial.

By working together over the past decade, we, the Water Boards and California Native American Tribes, have strengthened our relationships, held meaningful government-to-government consultations, and deepened our discourse to great success. For example, in the policy realm, together we developed and defined statewide Tribal Beneficial Uses for water quality purposes—thus acknowledging the importance of Traditional Ecological Knowledge and the unique concerns and needs of Tribes.

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  Calendar of Events

This calendar displays all Tribal Affairs public meetings, webinars, and workshops. Schedule of events is subject to change.

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Additional Information
Tues.-Thurs., Oct. 25 – 27, 2022 Tribal EPA Conference Lake Tahoe, CA and Remote Participation Tribal-Federal Event
Mon., Oct. 24, 2022 USEPA Regional Operations Committee (RTOC) Meeting Lake Tahoe, CA and Remote Participation Tribal-Federal Event
Fri., Sep. 23, 2022 California Native American Day To Be Determined Tribal-State Agency Event
Wed., Sep. 7, 2022
9:30 a.m. PDT
State Water Board Public Meeting on Tribal Beneficial Use Definitions for the Central Valley Regional Water Board Coastal Hearing Room, CalEPA Headquarters, 1001 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814, and Remote Participation State Agency Event
Tues., Aug. 23, 2022
12:00 p.m. PDT
Deadline to comment on Central Valley Regional Water Board Tribal Beneficial Use Definitions Remote Participation Only State Agency Event
Mar. – Nov. 2022 Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) Bioaccumulation Monitoring Program Tribal Engagement Remote Participation Only Until Further Notice Statewide Engagement

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Contact Us

Adriana Renteria, Tribal Liaison
Phone: (916) 216-1126

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