Statewide General Waste Discharge Requirements (WDRs) for Wineries

The State Water Board has developed General WDRs for winery process water (Winery Order) for wineries and other similar facilities (collectively referred as wineries) with activities related to producing wine or grape juice that generate winery waste and discharge it to land for reuse or disposal. The Winery Order is applicable statewide and is intended to streamline and improve permitting consistency.

The State Water Board will continue to engage the public and stakeholders as part of the Winery Order implementation process and this website will be updated with related information as it becomes available.

On January 20, 2021, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted a Resolution for the California Environmental Quality Act Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Waste Discharge Requirements for Winery Process Water and associated General Order

Winery General Order Unofficial Adoption Copy – Not Certified By Clerk

Adoption Press Release

Office of Public Affairs Factsheet

If you have questions on the adopted Winery Order, please contact staff at (916) 341-6904 or DWQ-Winery@Waterboards.ca.gov

DISCLAIMER: All guidance materials posted on this website are intended to provide the regulated community and the public with a general understanding of the Statewide Winery General Order from a staff perspective. These materials are informational only, and are not intended to implement, interpret, or create new requirements. In the case of any conflict with existing statutes, regulations, or orders, the actual statute, regulation, or order governs. For specific questions, please contact staff of the State Water Board or the appropriate Regional Water Quality Control Board (Regional Water Board).

General Information

The approved Winery Fee Schedule has been posted to the Water Quality Fees web page.

Enrollment
The enrollment section will be updated with related information as it becomes available.
Who is required to enroll in the Winery Order?
Facilities currently or planning to produce wine or grape juice, between 10,000 and 15,000,000 gallons of process water per year and discharges process water are to land (for example, land application for irrigation or through a septic-subsurface disposal system). If your facility conducts different operations, another permit may be required and please consult the local Regional Water Board.

What are the enrollment steps and requirements?
Until an electronic application process is provided, wineries (must complete and submit the following to the appropriate Regional Water Board email provided below.

Part 1: Complete and sign this Notice of Intent (NOI) form.
Winery Order Notice of Intent

Part 2: Email the Regional Water Board (emails below) the completed and signed NOI form, Technical Report, Required Winery Order Technical Report cover sheet (includes required information outline, summary tables, and signature from Winery Order Attachment C), and any supporting documentation. Part 1-2 are the application package and constitutes the Report of Waste Discharge (ROWD) pursuant to California Water Code Section 13260.

Part 3: Pay the associated fee (first annual fee is an application fee), see below information.

Fee Schedule and Payments
On July 6, 2021 the State Water Board adopted the Winery Order fee schedule (the full fee schedule will be available in the California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 23, Division 3, Chapter 9. Waste Discharge Reports and Requirements, Article 1. Fees, Sections 2200-2200.9. Annual Fee Schedules) Water Quality Fees Program Page

Not sure what tier your facility is and what fee to pay? Contact the Water Board at: DWQ-Winery@Waterboards.ca.gov or the appropriate Regional Water Board:

Regional Water Board Email Address
North Coast Regional Water Board northcoast@waterboards.ca.gov
San Francisco Bay Regional Water Board RB2-Winery@waterboards.ca.gov
Central Coast Regional Water Board centralcoast@waterboards.ca.gov
Los Angeles Regional Water Board losangeles@waterboards.ca.gov
Central Valley Regional Water Board – Redding centralvalleyredding@waterboards.ca.gov
Central Valley Regional Water Board – Rancho Cordova centralvalleysacramento@waterboards.ca.gov
Central Valley Regional Water Board – Fresno centralvalleyfresno@waterboards.ca.gov
Lahontan Regional Water Board – South Lake Tahoe lahontan@waterboards.ca.gov
Lahontan Regional Water Board – Victorville lahontan@waterboards.ca.gov
Colorado River Regional Water Board rb7-wdrs_paperless@waterboards.ca.gov
Santa Ana Regional Water Board santaana@waterboards.ca.gov
San Diego Regional Water Board rb9paperless@waterboards.ca.gov
Waste Discharge Requirements Contacts | California State Water Resources Control Board
Water Boards Map | California State Water Resources Control Board
HOW TO PAY
Make a Payment | California State Water Resources Control Board
Note ‘2021 WDR Winery General Order’ on the check (unless the winery has received an invoice number)
For questions about fees or invoicing, please contact the Fee Branch at FeeBranch@waterboards.ca.gov

March 12, 2021, the State Water Board transmitted a notice of staff virtual webinars on implementation of the adopted General Waste Discharge Requirements for Winery Process Water scheduled for April 2021. Staff held a series of outreach webinars to provide information on and answer questions for the implementation of the General Waste Discharge Requirements for Winery Process Water - Statewide Winery General Order were held on April 8th, 21st, and 23rd of 2021 via Zoom. Please email staff at DWQ-Winery@waterboards.ca.gov for a copy of the presentation or view the recorded session on YouTube.

January 19, 2021, State Water Board (Board) staff transmitted to the public a fourth updated public notice to ensure clarity to the public on the January 20, 2021 Board Meeting start time.

January 7, 2021, State Water Board (Board) staff transmitted to the public a third updated Public Notice to change the date Ex Parte communication prohibition goes into effect from January 6, 2021 to January 13, 2021.

December 17, 2020, State Water Board (Board) staff transmitted to the public an updated Public Notice changing the Board meeting from January 5, 2021 to January 20, 2021.

October 29, 2020 Board staff posted a revised Public Notice changing the Board meeting to consider adoption from November 27, 2020 to December 15, 2020. On December 2, 2020, Board staff transmitted to the public the revised draft Winery Order and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration in response to comment and an updated Public Notice changing the Board meeting from December 15, 2020 to January 5, 2021.

July 3, 2020, State Water Board transmitted the draft Winery Order to the public for comment and additionally noticed a July 22 public workshop, and the future proposed adoption of the draft Winery Order. The draft Winery Order incorporates feedback from stakeholders on the 2019 administrative draft documents.

Link to Comment Letter File Share Site
Instructions: open link, go to the folder path: 2020 > August > 080520_Winery GO

February 11, 2019, the State Water Board transmitted an administrative draft of the Winery Order to the public for informal comments; the informal comment period closed April 5, 2019.

Staff held outreach meetings between April and August of 2019 in Hopland, Lodi, Napa, San Luis Obispo, and Temecula.

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