Nonpoint Source Program (NPS)
The purpose of the Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Program (NPS Program) is to restore waters impacted by NPS pollution and protect unimpaired waterbodies. The primary causes of NPS pollution impairment or threat in the Region are from forestry, urban runoff, hydro-modification, abandoned mines, and grazing. Restoration on forested lands and grazing are high priorities in the NPS Program while pollution from urban runoff, hydromodification, timber, fuels management and abandoned mines are primarily addressed through other programs. Federal resources under the 319(h) program allocates 1.9 PY for the NPS work. Staff resources are focused on total maximum daily load (TMDL) implementation priorities.
The Region's NPS Program in part implements the statewide Plan for California's Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Program, and is consistent with the statewide Policy for Implementation and Enforcement of the Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Program.
The Nonpoint Source Program Fact Sheet provides more information on the Goals, Accomplishments, and Performance Targets.
- Nonpoint Source Control Program
The State Water Resources Control Board Website dedicated to disseminating information about the Nonpoint Source Control Program.
- Timber Harvest and Vegetation Management Regulation
- Renewed 2017 Bridgeport Grazing Waiver of Waste Discharge Requirements
- Tentative Bridgeport Grazing Waiver Markup Version (shows changes from 2012 Waiver)
- Development of Nonpoint Source Permits on Federal Lands
The Lahontan Water Board and Central Valley Water Board, in collaboration with the United States Forest Service (USFS) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), are pursuing the development of nonpoint source permits to ensure regulatory compliance and water quality protection on USFS and BLM managed lands.
- Dairy Strategy Report - April 2010
Evaluation of Potential Water Quality Impacts from Dairy Operations and Development of Regulatory Strategy, Lahontan Region
- Bacteria Monitoring in the Eastern Sierra Nevada - Summary of Results for 2011 (3/12)
Staff report containing results of data collection for fecal coliform in the Lahontan Region east of the Sierra Nevada range.
- California Rangeland Water Quality Management Plan (7/95)
As integrated into the nonpoint source program, this document addressed water quality impacts on all non-federal rangelands, pasture and other grazed lands in California, including private lands and public lands not owned by the federal government.
- Plan for California’s Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Program (8/15)
Brought the State into compliance with the requirements of section 319 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) and section 6217 of the Coastal Zone Act Reauthorization Amendments of 1990 (CZARA).
- Policy for the Implementation and Enforcement of the Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Program (5/04)
Explains how the NPS Program Plan will be implemented and enforced and, in so doing, fulfills the requirements of California Water Code (CWC) section 13369 (a)(2)(B).
Questions or Comments about NPS in the Lahontan Region?
- Please email Doug Cushman, Supervising Engineer for the NPS Program.