Clean Water Act Section 401 – Certification and Wetlands Program


General Orders

Projects that involve discharges to waters of the State in more than one region are the jurisdiction of the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board). The State Water Board also issues orders for projects that qualify for enrollment under the State Water Board’s General Order for Nationwide Permits 12, 57, and 58 (Order No. [WQ] 2020-0039-EXEC).  The following certification orders have been issued by the State Water Board for multi-regional projects statewide.

Filter by Year Issued:  2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2004 | 2003

Note: None available for these years:  2011, 2010 & 2005

2021

Applicant Date Issued Subject
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Nationwide Permits 1, 3a, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 14, 20, 22, 28, 32, 36, 54 10/12/2021

THIS ORDER IS NOT EFFECTIVE until the Army Corps finalizes the remaining 41 Nationwide Permits (NWPs) in late 2021 or early 2022. Until then, apply for enrollment for the below NWPs using the 2017 STATE BOARD GENERAL CERTIFICATION.
(This note will be updated when the Corps finalizes the NWPs.)

Dischargers seeking enrollment under NWPs 12, 57, or 58 (utility related permits), should follow the instructions in the 2020 State Water Board Certification of the NWPs (Order No. [WQ] 2020-0039-EXEC), see below under Year 2020.

2021 State Water Board General Order for the Corps’ Nationwide Permits (Order No. WQ 2021-0048-DWQ)

Important Note: Once the Corps has finalized the remaining NWPs, only the following project types may be eligible for enrollment under this General Order No. WQ 2021-0048-DWQ:

  • NWP 1 aids to navigation
  • NWP 3a maintenance
  • NWP 4 fish and wildlife harvesting
  • NWP 5 scientific measuring devices
  • NWP 6 survey activities
  • NWP 9 structures in fleeting and anchorage areas
  • NWP 10 mooring buoys
  • NWP 11 temporary recreational structures
  • NWP 14 linear transportation
  • NWP 20 response operations for oil or hazardous substances
  • NWP 28 modification of existing marinas
  • NWP 32 completed enforcement actions
  • NWP 36 boat ramps
  • NWP 54 living shorelines

Nationwide Permits - other resources:

Prior Years

2020

Applicant Date Issued Subject
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers -
Nationwide Permits 12, 57, and 58
12/09/2020

State Water Board General Order for the Corps’ Nationwide Permits (Order No. 2020-0039-EXEC)

Important Note: Effective March 15, 2021, only the following project types** may be eligible for enrollment under this General Order:

  • NWP 12 for oil or natural gas pipeline activities
  • NWP 57 for electric utility line and telecommunications activities
  • NWP 58 for utility line activities for water and other substances

How to Apply:

  1. Fill out the Notice of Intent according to the Instructions in Attachment A (below).
  2. Submit the Notice of Intent and fee to the State Water Board.

    Mail to:
    State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality
    CWA 401 Certification Program
    1001 I Street; 15th Floor
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    Email: SWBNWP@waterboards.ca.gov

2020 Order and Attachments

Projects enrolled under this General Order

**Applicants seeking enrollment under a Nationwide Permit other than 12, 57, or 58 should refer to the 2017 State Water Board Nationwide Permit General Order and attachments for enrollment eligibility.

2019

Applicant Date Issued Subject
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, San Francisco District 08/30/2019

Regional General Permit (RGP) 5 for Emergency Repair and Protection Activities

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District 08/14/2019

Regional General Permit (RGP) 41 for Removal of Invasive Plants

2018

Applicant Date Issued Subject
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District 11/08/2018 Regional General Permit (RGP) 63 for Emergency Repair and Protection Activities
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District 10/10/2018 Regional General Permit (RGP) 8 for Emergency Repair and Protection Activities
Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation District 06/13/2018 2018Existing Flood Control Facilities Maintenance Authorized Under U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Regional General Permit (RGP) 99

2017

Applicant Date Issued Subject
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District 03/17/2017

State Water Board Certification of the 2017 Nationwide Permits

Important Note: Only the following project types** may be eligible for enrollment under this General Order:

  • NWP 1 for aids to navigation
  • NWP 4 for fish and wildlife harvesting, enhancement, and attraction devices and activities
  • NWP 5 for scientific measurement devices
  • NWP 6 for survey activities
  • NWP 9 for structures in fleeting and anchorage areas
  • NWP 10 for mooring buoys
  • NWP 11 for temporary recreational structures
  • NWP 20 for response operations for oil or hazardous substances
  • NWP 22 for removal of vessels
  • NWP 28 for modifications of existing marinas
  • NWP 32 for completed enforcement actions
  • NWP 36 for boat ramps
  • NWP 54 for living shorelines
2017 Order and Attachments:

Click Here for Notices of Applicability for Projects enrolled under this Order.

** Applicants seeking enrollment under Nationwide Permits 12, 57, or 58 should refer to the State Water Board’s 2020 General Order No. 2020-0039-EXEC and attachments for eligibility requirements. Applicants seeking enrollment for projects under a Nationwide Permit not listed above or for projects not eligible for coverage under any of the Water Board’s General Orders should submit an individual application to the appropriate Water Board. Visit the State Water Board’s 401 Water Quality Certification and Waste Discharge Requirements webpage for individual application instructions.

2014

Applicant Date Issued Subject
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District 12/15/2014 Regional General Permit (RGP) 8 for Repair and Protection Activities in Emergency Situation
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, San Francisco District 12/10/2014 Regional General Permit (RGP) 5 for Repair and Protection Activities in Emergency Situations
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District 04/02/2014 RGP 41 for Removal of Invasive Plants IMPORTANT UPDATE:
Part VII of the posted certification of RGP 41 cites an expired fee amount. As of October, 2015, the fee for all general orders, including RGP 41, is $200.00, as shown in the 401 Program Fee Calculator, Ecological Restoration and Enhancement Projects, Row (D). The Calculator is found under the Resources for Applicants” section of this 401 Certification and Wetlands Program website.

2013

Applicant Date Issued Subject
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District 11/25/2013 RGP 63 for Repair and Protection Activities in Emergency Situations
State Water Board Initiative 03/27/2013 Amended General Water Quality Certification for Small Habitat Restoration Projects

2012

Applicant Date Issued Subject
State Water Board Initiative 09/06/2012

General Water Quality Certification for Small Habitat Restoration Projects File # SB09016GN

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 04/19/2012 2012 Nationwide Permits

2009

Applicant Date Issued Subject
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District 12/30/2009 RGP 60 for Repair and Protection Activities in Emergency Situations (Corps File # 199700652, SWRCB File # SB09012GN)
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, San Francisco District 07/09/2009 RGP 5 for Repair and Protection Activities in Emergency Situations
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9 02/04/2009 Vessel General Permit (VGP), Modification of the State Board’s December 17, 2008 Clean Water Act Section 401 Water Quality Certification Order
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District 01/21/2009 RGP 41 for Removal of Invasive, Exotic Plants

2008

Applicant Date Issued Subject
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District 12/24/2008 RGP 63 for Repair and Protection Activities in Emergency Situations

2007

Applicant Date Issued Subject
State Water Board Initiative 03/29/2007 General 401 Water Quality Certification Order for Small Habitat Restoration Projects 

2006

Applicant Date Issued Subject
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District 07/27/2006 RGP 67, Beach Nourishment in Southern California RGP 67, MND (SCH # 2005101086)

2004

Applicant Date Issued Subject
State Water Board Initiative 05/14/2004 Statewide General Waste Discharge Requirements for Dredge or Fill Discharges to Waters Deemed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to be Outside Federal Jurisdiction (WQO 2004-0004)
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District 03/30/2004 RGP 60, Repair & Protection Activities in Emergency Situations
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District 01/08/2004 RGP 41, Amendment of SB's 10/24/03 Certification Order

2003

Applicant Date Issued Subject
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, San Francisco District 12/11/2003 RGP 5, Repair & Protection Activities in Emergency Situations
State Water Board Initiative 11/19/2003 401 - Regulated Projects (WQ Order 2003-0017)

 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District 10/24/2003 RGP 41 Removal of Invasive, Exotic Plants (amended 01/08/2004)
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District 10/14/2003 RGP 63 for Emergency Situations