Accessibility

The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) and the Regional Water Quality Control Boards (Regional Water Boards and, together, Water Boards) are in the process of modifying their websites to satisfy all Priority 1, 2, and 3 guidelines, for “AA” compliance of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0. In addition, the Water Boards' websites will satisfy Section 508, Subpart B, Subsection 1194.22, Guidelines A-P of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as revised in 1998.

The Water Boards’ websites are designed, developed, and maintained to provide the public and all users with valid and timely information about Water Boards’ activities. The Water Boards use the websites and other resources with the aim of providing the public and stakeholders with critical information to make data- driven decisions and increase public participation. To ensure transparency, public information must be broadly accessible. To this end, the Water Boards are committed to ensuring our websites and the documents linked within them are accessible to everyone.

In our effort to provide a fully accessible and optimized user experience for all site visitors, the Water Boards have taken careful measures to ensure an excellent user experience, regardless of the specific abilities of those individuals seeking access to this site or the particular assistive technology that is being used to access this site. The Water Boards’ websites are monitored and tested regularly by internal resources and by AudioEye, a third-party provider of Web Accessibility testing and monitoring. As issues of accessibility are identified, results of automated and manual testing are managed through the AudioEye® Digital Accessibility Platform. As new solutions are discovered to improve the user experience, remediation is tracked through the AudioEye system and fixes are implemented to improve the website user experience. If you find that for any reason you cannot fully access the information on any web page of this site, please contact us at accessibility@waterboards.ca.gov.  Let us know the accessibility issue you are having and we will try to provide the information to you in an alternate format and make any necessary improvements to make the information better accessible.

Please note that the Water Boards accept no responsibility for the content or accessibility of the external websites or external documents linked to on our websites.

Documents on this Site

This website contains links to PDF documents that require a recent version of Adobe Reader to view. The Adobe Acrobat Reader may already be installed on your computer as a “plug-in” or “helper application” for your web browser. To find out, click on the “PDF” link for the document you are interested in. If the Adobe Acrobat Reader is properly installed on your computer, the Reader will either download or automatically open a PDF copy of the document, depending on your browser and how it is configured. If the Adobe Acrobat Reader is not installed on your computer, it can be found, free of charge, at the Adobe Acrobat Reader download page.

Screen Reader Users

If you are using a screen reader, you may find it will not read some documents in PDF format. Adobe provides a website that will convert nonaccessible PDF files to a format that is usable with a screen reader. The Adobe Access site is located at access.adobe.com, and the tool can also be added to your computer as a “plug-in.”

Some of our documents contain "underline" and/or "strikeout" to help identify text changes. You may need to configure your screen reader settings to read underline and strikeout text.

If you need a document in another format, please contact us at: accessibility@waterboards.ca.gov.

Need assistance or wish to report an accessibility problem?

If you cannot fully access the information on our website or would like to report an accessibility problem, contact us at: accessibility@waterboards.ca.gov. Please provide the following information to help us provide the information you are seeking and/or to correct the accessibility problem:

  • URL (web address) of the material you tried to access or accessibility problem you encountered
  • the problem you experienced
  • your contact information