Water Quality Certification Program


Useful Information

Water Quality Certification Program Overview

Application Form (under development)
This document is not yet available. Please use the Water Quality Application Form, or any of the Regional Water Quality Control Board application forms. Transmit the completed form with a cover letter requesting certification from the Division of Water Rights to:

  • Eric Oppenheimer, Executive Director
    State Water Resource Control Board
    P.O. Box 2000
    Sacramento, CA 95812-2000

- Executed November 19, 2013
Pre-Application Coordination Activities between State Water Board and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Drought Information

Petitions for Reconsideration (Petitions)

  • Petitions shall be submitted in writing to and received by the State Water Board within 30 days of any action or failure to act taken by the Executive Director.  Petitions of water quality certifications and related environmental documents for projects handled by the Division of Water Rights (e.g., FERC hydropower projects, projects involving a diversion of water) should be submitted via email or hard copy, as follows:
    • E-mail to: WR401program@waterboards.ca.gov
    • Mail to: State Water Resources Control Board
      Division of Water Rights –  Water Quality Certification Program
      Attention: Parker Thaler, Program Manager
      1001 I Street Sacramento, CA 95812-2000
  • Petitions shall meet the requirements outlined in California Code of Regulations, title 23, section 3867.

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

On November 19, 2013, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) executed a MOU that covers coordination of pre-application activities between the two agencies.

MOU Implementation

In accordance with the MOU, State Water Board and FERC staff meet semi-annually to discuss current and upcoming projects as they relate to MOU implementation (see MOU, page 5, item III). Water Quality Certification Dates for Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Hydropower Projects Undergoing Licensing (PDF) is updated semi-annually to provide project-related information for hydropower projects undergoing licensing by FERC.

MOU Development

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