Statewide Water Quality Control Plans for Trash

On April 7, 2015, the State Water Board adopted an Amendment to the Water Quality Control Plan for Ocean Waters of California (Ocean Plan) to Control Trash and Part 1 Trash Provisions of the Water Quality Control Plan for Inland Surface Waters, Enclosed Bays, and Estuaries of California (ISWEBE Plan). Together, they are collectively referred to as "the Trash Amendments". The Trash Amendments do the following: (1) establish a narrative water quality objective for trash, (2) corresponding applicability, (3) establish a prohibition on the discharge of trash, (4) provide implementation requirements for permitted storm water and other discharges, (5) set a time schedule for compliance, and (6) provide a framework for monitoring and reporting requirements. Following adoption, the Trash Amendments were submitted to both the California Office of Administrative Law (OAL) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) for review and approval. The OAL approved the Trash Amendments on December 2, 2015. The U.S.EPA approved the Trash Amendments on January 12, 2016.

The purpose of this webpage is to provide a repository for the official documents for the proposed Trash Amendments in the public process.

Final Documentation

Document Link Description
Resolution Final Resolution No. 2015-0019
Complete Document (9.3 MB) Final Staff Report and Final Trash Amendments including all appendices (April 7, 2015)
Final Staff Report Final Staff Report Sections 1 to 11
Appendix A Trash Background
Appendix B Environmental Checklist
Appendix C Economic Considerations
Appendix D Final Trash Amendment to the Ocean Plan
Appendix E Final Part 1 Trash Provisions to the ISWEBE Plan
Appendix F Responses to Public Comments

Draft Documentation

Document Link Description
Complete Document Revisions to the Proposed Final Staff Report and Proposed Final Trash Amendments (March 26, 2015) including all appendices
Summary of Revisions Summary of Revisions to the Proposed Final Staff Report and proposed Final Trash Amendments
Staff Report Staff Report Sections 1 to 11
Appendix A Trash Background
Appendix B Environmental Checklist
Appendix C Economic Considerations
Appendix D Proposed Final Trash Amendment to the Ocean Plan
Appendix E Proposed Final Part 1 Trash Provisions to the ISWEBE Plan
Appendix F Responses to Public Comments

Staff Contact

  • Dr. Maria de la Paz Carpio-Obeso email: MarielaPaz.Carpio-Obeso@waterboards.ca.gov phone: (916) 341-5858 - Trash Amendments
  • Gayleen Perreira email: Gayleen.Perreira@waterboards.ca.gov phone: (916) 341-5497 - Trash Implementation

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