Laws and Regulations
LAWS AND REGULATIONS RELEVANT TO CURRENT PUBLIC PROCEEDINGS
- Service of Process During the COVID-19 Emergency
- California Water Code - The official Water Code on the California Legislative Counsel Website
- California Health & Safety Code - The official Health & Safety Code on the California Legislative Counsel Website, which contains provisions relating to underground storage tanks.
- California Code of Regulations - The entire California Code of Regulations maintained by the California Office of Administrative Law (OAL)
- United States Code - The official United States Code maintained by the U.S. Government Printing Office
- Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations - Code of Federal Regulations, Title 40 (Protection of the Environment) maintained by the U.S. Government Printing Office
- California Toxics Rule - Maintained by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- Title 23 of the California Code of Regulations - Title 23 (Waters) of the California Code of Regulations on the OAL Website
- Title 27 of the California Code of Regulations - Title 27 (Environmental Protection), Division 2, Subdivision 1 (Consolidated Regulations or Treatment, Storage, Processing or Disposal of Solid Waste) of the California Code of Regulations on the OAL Website
- Plans and Policies - Water Quality Control Plans (Basin Plans) and State Policies for Water Quality Control have the legal force and effect of regulation.
The State Water Resources Control Board also maintains compilations of various laws relevant to different areas of the Regional Board's responsibilities. While every effort is made to ensure these compilations are accurate and up-to-date, you should consult the official California Code or the United States Code if in doubt.
EX PARTE COMMUNICATIONS
- Ex Parte Communications Questions and Answers [Updated April 25, 2013 to include Question 45 concerning site visits and pending general orders]
- Ex Parte Communications Disclosure Form for General Orders
- Pending General Orders Subject to Water Code Section 13287 Ex Parte Disclosure Requirements
An ex parte communication is a communication to a board member from any person, about a pending matter, that occurs in the absence of other parties and without notice and opportunity for them to respond. The California Government Code prohibits the board members from engaging in ex parte communications during permitting, enforcement, and other "quasi-adjudicatory" matters. Persons interested in these adjudicative matters may not communicate with the board members regarding any issue in the proceeding, without providing an opportunity for all parties to participate in or receive a copy of the communication. Ex parte communications are allowed on pending general orders (such as general waste discharge requirements, general waivers, and general Clean Water Act section 401 water quality certifications) subject to the disclosure requirements of Water Code section 13287 (for further information and disclosure forms, please see below).
Below is a list of matters pending before the Los Angeles Regional Board subject to the disclosure requirements of Water Code section 13287. Other pending orders before the Los Angeles Water Board are subject to the prohibition on ex parte communications.
|General Order||Scheduled Adoption Meeting||14-Day Ex Parte Prohibition in Effect|
|Discharges of Groundwater from San Gabriel Valley Groundwater Basin to Surface Waters in Upper San Gabriel River and Rio Hondo Watershed-Los Angeles County; General NPDES Permit No. CAG994006.||July 10, 2014||June 26, 2014|
- WATER QUALITY PETITIONS
- State Water Board Water Quality Petitions Web Page Includes instructions for filing water quality petitions and opportunity to download electronic versions of water quality petitions.
LAWS AND REGULATIONS APPLICABLE TO THE CONDUCT OF BOARD MEETINGS AND ADJUDICATIVE PROCEEDINGS
- Standard Hearing Procedures for Administrative Civil Liability Complaints
- Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act - effective January 1, 2011
- Administrative Adjudication Statutes Applicable to Water Boards - effective January 1, 2011
- Water Boards' Meeting Regulations - effective January 1, 2008
- Summary of Regulations Governing Adjudicative Proceedings Before the California Water Boards - August 2, 2006
(Page last updated 3/14/23)
Water is a precious resource in California, and maintaining its quality is of utmost importance to safeguard the health of the public and the environment.