Office of Enforcement

  • About the Office of Enforcement
    The Office of Enforcement was created in 2006 to emphasize enforcement as a key component of the Water Board's water quality regulatory functions and statutory responsibilities.

    Our role is to ensure that violations of orders and permits result in firm, fair, and consistent enforcement through direct actions, the development of policies and guidance, and the identification of metrics for decision-making on enforcement issues.

    We are comprised of legal and investigative staff. The attorneys assist technical staff in the State Water Board and Regional Water Boards in bringing administrative liability actions before the Water Boards and help prepare cases for referral to outside prosecutors. The investigative staff is divided into four units; the Special Investigation Unit (SIU); the Underground Storage Tanks (UST) Enforcement Unit; the Cannabis Cultivation Unit; and the Fraud, Waste and Abuse Prevention Unit (FWA).
  • Yvonne West, Director
  • Enforcement Coordinators
  • Contact Us - (916) 341-5272
  • Report Fraud
  • Fraud Complaint Form

The Water Boards' Water Quality Enforcement Policy articulates enforcement expectations and priorities for the State and the nine Regional Water Boards. OE is responsible for updating the Water Quality Enforcement Policy and evaluating performance metrics for enforcement effectiveness.

Office of Enforcement Programs