National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) - Wastewater

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Do you discharge pollutants from a point source to a water of the United States? If so, you need an NPDES permit.

As authorized by the Clean Water Act (CWA), the NPDES Permit Program controls water pollution by regulating point sources that discharge pollutants into waters of the United States. Point sources are discrete conveyances such as pipes or man-made ditches. Examples of pollutants include, but are not limited to, rock, sand, dirt, and agricultural, industrial, and municipal waste discharged into waters of the United States. See section 122.2 of 40 Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.) for the actual definitions of point source, pollutant, and water of the United States.

The NPDES Program is a federal program which has been delegated to the State of California for implementation through the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) and the nine Regional Water Quality Control Boards (Regional Water Boards), collectively Water Boards. In California, NPDES permits are also referred to as waste discharge requirements (WDRs) that regulate discharges to waters of the United States.

Since its introduction in 1972, the NPDES Program has been responsible for significant improvements to our nation's and state’s water quality.


The map below shows the nine Regional Water Board boundaries which are based on watersheds. Using the map, determine where your discharge will occur and contact the appropriate Regional Water Board NPDES Program Manager for that region. The contact information for the Regional Water Board NPDES Program Managers is shown in the table below.

Map of California with regional board boundries
Regional Water Board NPDES Program Managers
RB Contact Phone Numbers
1 Heaven Moore, Senior WRCE
(707) 576-2653
2 Bill Johnson, EPM I
(510) 622-2354
2 Robert Schlipf, Senior WRCE
(510) 622-2478
3 Phillip Hammer, Senior EG
(805) 549-3882
4 Augustine Anijielo, Senior WRCE
(213) 576-6657
4 Jeong-Hee Lim, Senior WRCE
(213) 576-6616
5 Jim Marshall, Supervising WRCE
(916) 464-4772
6SLT Russell Norman, WRCE
(530) 542-5467

Jehiel Cass, Senior WRCE

Mark Lemus, WRCE

(760) 241-2434

(760) 241-3408

7 Abdi Haile, Supervising EG
(760) 776-8939
7 Kai Dunn, Senior WRCE
(760) 776-8986
8 Julio Lara, Senior WRCE
(951) 782-4901
9 David Barker, Supervising WRCE
(619) 521-3007
9 Brandi Outwin-Beals, Senior WRCE
(619) 521-5896

Databases & Reports

Roles & Contact information

What's New!

  • Stakeholder Workshop for Proposed NPDES Permit for Drinking Water Systems Discharge

    The State Water Board is continuing its stakeholder outreach effort for the development of a drinking water system discharge permit for the Regional Water Boards to implement per their discretion. The proposed permit will be a new general NPDES permit as required by Clean Water Act section 402 for point source discharges of pollutants to waters of the United States.

    On May 12, 2014, Water Board staff held a stakeholder workshop in San Diego, California. The following materials were presented at the workshop:

The Role of the State and Regional Water Quality Control Boards

It is the responsibility of the Water Boards to preserve and enhance the quality of the state's waters through the development of water quality control plans and the issuance of (WDRs. WDRs for discharges to waters of the United States also serve as NPDES permits.

The State Water Board establishes statewide plans, policies, and regulations that help protect and restore the water quality in California. The State Water Board also oversees the implementation of the NDPES Program throughout the state, As such, it coordinates with and supports Regional Water Board efforts, and reviews Regional Water Board actions. While the State Water Board has issued some NPDES permits, the Regional Water Boards issue the vast majority of NPDES permits in the state. Therefore, they ensure compliance with their permits through compliance inspections, monitoring report reviews, and enforce actions, if necessary. Each Regional Water Board makes critical water quality decisions for its region.


  • NPDES Permit Fees
    • Drinking Water Systems Permit - See Category 3 of Section 2200(b)(9) for the annual fee.
    • Pesticides Permits Other than Vector Control Permit - See Category 3 of Section 2200(b)(9) for the annual fee.
    • Utility Vaults Permit - See Category 3 of Section 2200(b)(9) for the annual fee.
    • Vector Control - See Section 2200(b)(5) for the permit term fee.
  • Check your Annual Fee Invoice Status

  Subscribe to the "Fee Regulations" email list (under "General Interests" and receive periodic updates).

  State and Regional Water Board Email Subscription Information

Receive notifications, updates and other correspondence by email. Subscribe online to our electronic mailing lists:

  • Statewide Issues (under State Water Resources Control Board, Water Quality Topics)
    Electronic Mailing Lists that may be of interest to NPDES Dischargers are:
    • Discharge Monitoring Reports [(DMR) List]
    • Electronic Self Monitoring Reports [(eSMR) List]
    • Fee Regulations (Water Quality List)
    • Pesticides (Water Quality List)
    • Utility Vaults (Water Quality List)
  • Region-Specific Issues Lists (under California Regional Water Quality Control Boards)

Sign Up for SMR Email Reminders
(for Facilities that are NOT submitting electronic SMRs)

The Water Boards are working to increase awareness of potential mandatory minimum penalties (MMPs) due to late self-monitoring reports (SMR). If your facility is not already submitting electronic SMRs, you may wish to participate in this voluntary program.

  • To participate in this voluntary program:
  • What to expect:
    • Email notifications shall be sent to the Legally Responsible Officials (LRO) and Data Submitters setup in the system
      (Please keep your LRO and Data Submitter information current. Go to the CIWQS Help Center - NPDES page to get the appropriate forms.)
    • At the beginning of each year, a email shall be sent listing of reports due for that year
    • 45 days prior to a report due date, a email shall be sent as notification that a report is due

NOTE: Failure to receive the reminder emails does not relieve Permittees of their requirements to submit SMRs.

Questions about the SMR Email Reminders? Please call our Toll Free Number at: 866-79-CIWQS (24977) or send us at email at:

State Water Boards Contacts

For Questions or Comments, send an email to: