Water Boards Peer Review
Available Peer Reviews
All Posted Peer Reviews
A list of all available peer reviewed documents by date posted.
Regional Water Board Peer Reviews
To access peer reviews of Regional Water Board actions, scroll over the map to see the Regional Water Boards and click on a region. »»
State Water Board Peer Reviews
To access peer reviews for State Water Board and Regional Waterboards by organization.
We will be adding additional peer review material in the future. If you do not find a document you are looking for, please check with the appropriate Water Board staff or visit that Water Board’s Website for the applicable program.
Why We Conduct Peer Reviews
The law, now Health and Safety Code Section 57004, requires all Cal/EPA organizations to submit for external scientific review the scientific basis and scientific portion of all proposed policies, plans and regulations. The peer reviewer’s responsibility is to determine whether the scientific findings, conclusions, and assumptions are based upon sound scientific knowledge, methods, and practices.
How We Set Up the Reviews
The State Water Board has developed peer review guidelines to accomplish a peer review.
The guidelines clearly lay out the responsibilities of the reviewers and of the regulatory agencies responding to them.
The guidelines require the scientific basis and portion of a proposal to be commented upon by scientific experts.
An initial request for reviewers is prepared by the responsible Water Board organization for each proposal to be reviewed and is submitted to the Cal/EPA Program Manager for Scientific Peer Review. The request includes a cover letter setting the context for the proposed regulatory action, and attachments including:
- a plain English summary
- the scientific findings, conclusions, and assumptions to focus the review
- a description of how the science is being implemented
- and a list of participants that developed the proposal (these individuals cannot serve as peer reviewers)
Reviewers can also comment on essential topics they feel might have been overlooked, and on whether the parts of the strategy logically fit together as a coherent whole.
Additional Peer Review Opportunities
Other worthy subjects of statewide significance, such as risk assessments and technical guidance documents, can also be submitted for review.
- Navigating the External Peer Review Process - guidance for setting up and obtaining reviews.
- External Scientific Peer Review Guidelines (Exhibit F) - detailed guidance.
- 2018 Supplement to Exhibit F
Supplemental Information for the Peer Review Program
- Gerald W. Bowes, Ph.D.
Manager, Cal/EPA Scientific Peer Review Program
Office of Research, Planning and Performance
State Water Resources Control Board
1001 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 341-5567
Fax: (916) 341-5284