Education and Outreach

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Education and Outreach | Environmental Justice | Small Domestic Wastewater Dischargers and Disadvantaged Communities | GeoTracker Database Information | GAMA - Groundwater Ambient Monitoring & Assessment Program | Public Reports | Paperless Office Information | Questions or Comments | Additional Regional Water Board Contact Information

Education and Outreach

The Colorado River Basin Regional Water Quality Control Board believes that community outreach and environmental education is an important part of achieving our mission. Several programs involving water education have been successfully facilitated, including; Project WET, Citizen's Water Quality Monitoring and classroom visits.

The goal of Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) is to promote the awareness, appreciation, and knowledge of California's water resources. This seminar is fun, hands-on, action-packed, and informative. WET is for anyone interested in natural resources and environmental education and is especially useful for public and private school teachers in grades K-12. Project WET is perfect for integrating science and math. The seminar offers educators exciting new activities to use in teaching science, math, language arts, social studies, and environmental studies. Participants will be trained in the basics of how to use Project WET materials as well as in facilitation and organizational skills. Each seminar participant will receive a copy of the Project WET Curriculum and Activity Grade Book. California Project WET is a project of the Water Education Foundation and is funded by a grant from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Mid-Pacific Region.

Water Quality Monitoring by Citizens offers the opportunity to involve the public and increase understanding of the roles of citizens and government agencies in protecting the State's waters. Citizen participation is instrumental to protect lakes, streams, and coastal ocean waters in your community. Citizen monitors collect water quality data, evaluate fish habitat, perform bird counts, and document watershed health. Training workshops are available. To read more about Citizen Water Quality Monitoring and/or California's Clean Water Team please see http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/swamp/cwt_volunteer.shtml.

Other Outreach Web Sites

Statewide and Regional Water Quality Issues

  • Salton Sea Authority - The Salton Sea Authority is a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) responsible for overseeing the comprehensive restoration of the Salton Sea.
  • International Boundary and Water Commission (United States and Mexico) - The U.S. Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC) is a federal government agency and the U.S. component of the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC), which applies the boundary and water treaties of the United States and Mexico and settles differences that may arise in their application. IBWC mission is to provide binational solutions to issues that arise during the application of United States - Mexico treaties regarding boundary demarcation, national ownership of waters, sanitation, water quality, and flood control in the border region.
  • Drought Issues - State Water Board information on drought year water actions.
  • Groundwater Issues - State Water Board information on groundwater workplan.
  • Surface Water Quality Assessment - The Federal Clean Water Act (CWA) gives States the primary responsibility for protecting and restoring surface water quality.
  • Welcome to My Water Quality This web portal, supported by a wide variety of public and private organizations, presents California water quality monitoring data and assessment information that may be viewed across space and time.
  • Colorado River Basin Plan (Water Quality Control Plan) - The water quality control plan has three components: beneficial uses which are to be protected, water quality objectives which protect those uses, and an implementation plan which accomplishes those objectives.

Environmental Justice

The State Water Resources Control Board/Regional Water Quality Control Boards (the Water Boards) are establishing an Environmental Justice (EJ) Program to promote and ensure public outreach, participation and education regarding meetings, hearings and activities for all Californians. Through an established policy, the Water Boards will provide a transparent process for communities, local governments, Tribes and any interested group to learn of and participate in hearings, decisions and actions.

Environmental Justice is defined by California statute as "The fair treatment of people of all races, cultures, and incomes with respect to the development, adoption, implementation, and enforcement of all environmental laws, regulations, and policies."

The Water Boards have identified an EJ Coordinator whose tasks include: Assisting the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) in establishing their EJ Program; conduct research on best practices for developing and implementing the Water Board's EJ Program; conduct training and develop informational material on EJ for all Board appointees, management, and staff; review and incorporate relevant legislation to the EJ Program; provide assistance and guidance to the Executive Director relative to the Cal/EPA Public Advisory Committee on EJ events and activities; and incorporate the Water Board's bilingual program to ensure full participation by all Californians.

Consistent with legislative mandates, the Water Board's EJ Program goals include:

  1. Integrating EJ considerations into the development, adoption, implementation and enforcement of Board decisions, regulations and policies.
  2. Promoting meaningful public participation and community capacity building to allow communities to be effective participants in Board decision-making processes.
  3. Working with the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment to improve research and data collection in communities of color and low-income populations.
  4. Ensuring effective cross-media coordination and accountability when addressing environmental justice issues.

Should you have additional questions or concerns about the EJ Program, please contact the EJ Coordinator at (916) 341-5501.

Small Domestic Wastewater Dischargers and Disadvantaged Communities

Domestic wastewater discharges below 10,000 gallons per day (gpd) are considered small and are regulated under the Waste Discharge Requirements (WDRs) Program (sometimes also referred to as the "Non Chapter 15 (Non 15) Program") which regulates point discharges that are exempt pursuant to Subsection 20090 of Title 27 and not subject to the Federal Water Pollution Control Act. The State and Regional Water Boards have developed general orders to facilitate enrollment:

Technical Assistance

The State Water Board has contracts in place with Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC), California Rural Water Association (CRWA), and Self Help Enterprises (SHE) to provide technical assistance related to drinking water and wastewater. Eligible activities may include, but are not limited to:

Funding Sources

  • Federal Funding Sources for Small Community Wastewater Systems - USEPA web site for possible funding sources to assist small, rural communities.
  • State Water Board Financial Assistance Funding - Grants and Loans - The Division of Financial Assistance (DFA) administers the implementation of the State Water Resources Control Board's (State Water Board) financial assistance programs, that include loan and grant funding for construction of municipal sewage and water recycling facilities, etc.
  • Small Community Wastewater Strategy - The Small Community Wastewater Strategy (Strategy) is referenced in State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) Resolution No. 2008-0048, which promotes strategies to assist small and/or disadvantaged communities with wastewater needs. This site provides information regarding the State Water Board's ongoing efforts to support these communities.

Other Technical Documents for Small Domestic Wastewater Dischargers

GeoTracker Database Information

The GeoTracker data warehouse and geographic information system (GIS) provides online access to environmental data. It is used to plot UST site and monitoring well locations and track regulatory information about UST facilities, Spills, Leaks, Investigations, and Cleanup (SLIC) sites, and public drinking water wells, and in the future will include other types of cleanup and investigation sites, including Department of Defense (DoD), Landfill, and Aboveground Storage Tank facilities. GeoTracker uses commercially available software to allow users, including the public, to access data over the Internet. Case information can be graphically displayed as a layer on GeoTracker, includes highways and roads, topographic maps, surface water boundaries, watershed boundaries, groundwater basins, and hydrologic vulnerability areas by entering a site address, partial site address, or site name. Legislation which became effective on September 1, 2001 requires the submission of electronic laboratory data.

GAMA - Groundwater Ambient Monitoring & Assessment Program

GeoTracker GAMA is an online groundwater information system that gives you access to water quality data and connects you to groundwater basics and protection information. This online database integrates groundwater quality data from multiple sources, which are searchable by chemical or location with results displayed on an interactive Google maps interface.

Public Reports

The following links provide public information that is available.

Paperless Office Information

The Regional Water Board is implementing a Paperless Office system to reduce our paper use, increase efficiency and provide a more effective way for our staff, the public and interested parties to view water quality documents in electronic form.

Effective April 1, 2014, please provide all regulatory documents, submissions, materials, data, and correspondence via email or on disk (CD-ROM or CD) in a Portable Document Format (PDF) file in lieu of paper-sourced documents. Documents submitted through GeoTracker are not required to be re-submitted to our paperless office mailbox:

Questions or Comments

Additional Regional Water Board Contact Information

  • Region 7 Contact Us Information
  • For questions related to outreach and education for our Regional Water Board programs, please visit our Programs page to identify which program is related to the issue and contact the appropriate program manager by referring to our phone list.