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Public Participation

The Office of Public Participation responds to public inquiries about the Water Boards’ programs. The Water Board created this program to strengthen our efforts at involving the public in our decision-making process. The office intends to reach out to Environmental Justice and other communities and have better communication and interaction with tribal governments and others. Additionally the office will assist staff with designing and implementing effective stakeholder involvement processes including translation and other services to ensure all interested parties can participate in Water Board activities.

The Director of the Office of Public Participation serves in the following capacities:

  • Ombudsman for the Board
  • Environmental Justice Coordinator
  • Tribal Liaison
  • Agricultural Liaison
  • Public Participation, Education and Outreach
  • Small Business Ombudsman
  • General Program Inquiries
  • Water Recycling Ombudsman

View the Citizen's Guide to learn about the Water Boards and how you can get involved.


OPP participates in Education and Outreach events statewide. Contact us for more information about the annual events which the Water Board is actively involved.


  • Earth Day/ Take Your Child to Work Day (April)
  • State Scientist Day (May)
  • Native American Day (September)

View the OPP Brochure to learn more about the services OPP offers to the public and Water Board staff.


  • Administration / Support

  • Visit this page periodically to learn more about our developing program, and please contact us at opp@waterboards.ca.gov if you have any questions or comments.