Surface Water Quality Monitoring Reports and Data
Surface Water Quality Monitoring Reports
Section 303(d) of the federal Clean Water Act requires states to develop, update, and submit to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) for approval, a list of waterbodies that are polluted (the 303(d) List). Under Title 40 Code of Federal Regulations (40 CFR) Section 130.7(d)(1), states are required to submit the 303(d) List biennially to the USEPA. In addition to identifying the waterbodies that are not supporting beneficial uses, the List also identifies the pollutant or stressor causing impairment, and establishes a priority for developing a pollution control plan (typically a Total Daily Maximum Load or TMDL) to address the impairment.
Dischargers enrolled in the Agricultural Order have the option to conduct individual surface water discharge monitoring and submit reporting directly to the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board (Central Coast Water Board) or participate in a third-party cooperative monitoring program. The overall goal of the monitoring is to characterize the water quality conditions in Central Coast watersheds, understand long-term water quality trends in agricultural areas, and meet the requirements specified in the Monitoring and Reporting Program under the Agricultural Order. Central Coast Water Quality Preservation, Inc. (CCWQP) administers the third-party cooperative monitoring program for the Central Coast region. CCWQP monitors basic water chemistry, nutrients, and aquatic toxicity in surface waters. They also identify and conduct special water quality-related projects in coordination with the Central Coast Water Board. CCWQP submits quarterly monitoring data to the California Environmental Data Exchange Network (CEDEN). CCWQP submits annual reporting and other special water quality-related project reports to the Central Coast Water Board on an ongoing basis.
These water quality monitoring fact sheets were prepared by the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program. Data were delivered by Central Coast Water Quality Preservation, Inc. as part of the monitoring and reporting requirements for all dischargers enrolled under the Conditional Waiver of Waste Discharge Requirements for Discharge from Irrigated Lands (Order No. R3-2004-117).
Central Coast Water Quality Preservation, Inc. (CCWQP) manages the Central Coast Cooperative Monitoring Program (CMP) on behalf of commercial irrigated agriculture throughout the Central Coast.
Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board Report on Water Quality Conditions in the Central Coast Region Related to Agricultural Dischargers (2011)
Surface Water Quality Monitoring Data
The California Environmental Data Exchange Network (CEDEN) is a central location to find and share information about California’s water bodies, including streams, lakes, rivers, and the coastal ocean. Many groups in California monitor water quality, aquatic habitat, and wildlife health to ensure good stewardship of our ecological resources. CEDEN aggregates this data and makes it accessible to environmental managers and the public.
The Central Coast Ambient Monitoring Program (CCAMP) is the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board's regionally scaled water quality monitoring and Evaluation program. The purpose of the program is to provide scientific information to Regional Board staff and the public, to protect, restore, and enhance the quality of the waters of central California.