Proposed Statewide General Waste Discharge Requirements (WDRs) for Wineries

The State Water Board is developing General WDRs for winery process water (Winery Order) that addresses land discharge of process water from wineries, grape juice storage facilities, and wine distillation facilities (hereafter collectively referred to as wineries). The Winery Order will be 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 development process and this website will be updated with related documents and public meetings as they become available.

2021

New! 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. The final Resolution and General Order documents will be posted soon.

On 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.

Winery Order Change Sheet Number 1
On January 7, 2021, State Water Board (Board) staff transmitted to the public an updated Public Notice to change the date Ex Parte communication prohibition goes into effect from January 6, 2021 to January 13, 2021.

 THIRD UPDATED Public Notice for the proposed General WDRs Waste Discharge Requirements for Winery Process Water and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration. (January 7, 2021)

Letter from Senate Governmental Organization Committee, Senator Dodd regarding the draft Winery Order (January 4, 2021)

Ex Parte Communication Forms
Please email DWQ-Winery@Waterboards.ca.gov to obtain the below ExParte materials.

On January 12, 2021, Maureen Daggett, President of Environmental Compliance Management Services emailed Board Chair Joaquin Esquivel information on the draft Winery Order.


On January 12, 2021, Noelle Cremers, Wine Institute Director of Environmental and Regulatory Affairs, met with Board Vice Chair Dorene D’Adamo to discuss information on the draft Winery Order.


On January 8, 2021, Noelle Cremers, Wine Institute Director of Environmental and Regulatory Affairs, met with Board Vice Chair Dorene D’Adamo to discuss information on the draft Winery Order.


On January 7, 2021, the California Coastkeeper Alliance met with Board Member Tam Doduc to discuss information on the draft Winery Order.


On January 7, 2021, the California Coastkeeper Alliance emailed information on the draft Winery Order for the Board Chair Joaquin Esquivel.


On January 6, 2021, the California Coastkeeper Alliance met with Board Chair Joaquin Esquivel and Board Member Sean Maguire to discuss information on the draft Winery Order.


On January 6, 2021, the California Coastkeeper Alliance met with Board Member Laurel Firestone to discuss information on the draft Winery Order.


On January 5, 2021, Kim Withrow, Environmental Health Supervisor for Napa County emailed Board Chair Joaquin Esquivel and Board Vice Chair Dorene D’Adamo information on the draft Winery Order.


On January 5, 2021, the Wine Institute emailed Board Chair Joaquin Esquivel and Board Vice Chair Dorene D’Adamo information on the draft Winery Order.


On January 5, 2021, the California Coastkeeper Alliance met with Board Vice Chair Dorene D’Adamo to discuss information on the draft Winery Order.


On January 5, 2021, James Warram, Director of Environmental, Health, & Safety Services for Ste Michelle Wine Estates emailed information on the draft Winery Order to Board Chair Joaquin Esquivel.


On January 4, 2021, Jackson Family Wines met with Board Vice Chair Dorene D’Adamo to discuss information on the draft Winery Order.


On January 4, 2021, members of the Wine Institute met with Board Vice Chair Dorene D’Adamo to discuss information on the draft Winery Order.


2020

On 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.

SECOND UPDATED Public Notice for the proposed General WDRs Waste Discharge Requirements for Winery Process Water and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration (12/17/2020)

On 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.

UPDATED Public Notice for the draft General WDRs Waste Discharge Requirements for Winery Process Water and draft California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration (12/03/20)

Draft General WDRs for Winery Process Water (12/02/20)

Draft CEQA Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration (12/02/20)

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Ex Parte Communication Forms

Please email DWQ-Winery@Waterboards.ca.gov to obtain the below ExParte materials.


On December 17, 2020, members of the Wine Institute met with Board Chair Joaquin Esquivel and Board Member Sean Maguire to discuss information on the draft Winery Order.


On December 16, 2020, members of the Wine Institute met with Board Member Laurel Firestone to discuss information on the draft Winery Order.


On December 14, 2020, members of the Wine Institute met with Board Member Tam Doduc to discuss information on the draft Winery Order.


On December 10, 2020, the Wine Institute and the California Association of Winegrape Growers requested Board Chair Joaquin Esquivel, Vice Chair Dorene D’Adamo, Board Member Sean Maguire, Board Member Tam Doduc, and Board Member Laurel Firestone for additional time to review revised Winery Order and delay in adoption hearing.


On November 30, 2020, members of the Wine Institute met with Board Vice Chair Dorene D’Adamo to discuss information on the draft Winery Order.


On November 23, 2020, E&J Gallo Winery and members of the Wine Institute met with Board Vice Chair Dorene D’Adamo to discuss information on the draft Winery Order.


On November 23, 2020, members of the Wine Institute met with Board Chair Joaquin Esquivel and Board Member Sean Maguire to discuss information on the draft Winery Order.


On November 20, 2020, members of the Wine Institute met with Board Member Tam Doduc to discuss information on the draft Winery Order.


On November 16, 2020, E&J Gallo Winery and members of the Wine Institute met with Board Vice Chair Dorene D’Adamo to discuss information on the draft Winery Order.


On November 16, 2020, members of the Wine Institute met with Board Member Laurel Firestone to discuss information on the draft Winery Order.


On August 21, 2020, Jackson Family Wines met with Board Chair Joaquin Esquivel to present information on the draft Winery Order.


On 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

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

2019

On 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.

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