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Central Coast Region - Clean Water Act Section 303(d) List of Water Quality Limited Segments (the 303(d) List)
What is the 303(d) List?
Section 303(d) of the Federal Clean Water Act requires states to develop, update, and submit to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) for approval, a list of waterbodies that are polluted (the 303(d) List). Under Title 40 Code of Federal Regulations (40 CFR) Section 130.7(d)(1), states are required to submit the 303(d) List biennially to the USEPA. In addition to identifying the waterbodies that are not supporting beneficial uses, the List also identifies the pollutant or stressor causing impairment, and establishes a priority for developing a control plan (typically a Total Daily Maximum Load or TMDL) to address the impairment.
How and when does the 303(d) List get updated? And how can I participate?
The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) initiates the process to update the 303(d) List by soliciting data and information from the public. Staff at the Regional and State Water Boards considers these data, along with data available to the Water Boards, in preparing the updated 303(d) List. In California, the State and Regional Water Boards to follow the "Water Quality Control Policy for Developing California's Clean Water Act Section 303(d) List" when developing updates to the List. This policy describes the process by which the State and Regional Water Boards comply with the requirements of the Clean Water Act in developing the List. The policy requires that the Regional Water Boards adopt an updated 303(d) List for waters in each region and include public participation. Updates to the List are then submitted for subsequent approval by the State Water Board as part of the updated list for the state. The U.S. EPA then must approve the state list.
In addition, pursuant to CWA Section 305(b), states must prepare a report on the water quality and condition of waters (305(b) Report) to identify waters that are attaining water quality standards as well as those that are not. The 305(b) Report does not require approval. However, USEPA will compile the data from the state 305(b) Reports and transmit the summaries in their "National Water Quality Inventory Report" to Congress.
The State and Regional Water Quality Control Boards prepare a single Integrated Report that meets the reporting requirements of CWA sections 303(d) and 305(b).
Click here for the most current approved 303(d) List (the 2008/2010 303(d) List), and Integrated Report.
At this time, the State Water Resources Control Board and the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board are working on updating the 303(d) List for the Central Coast Region (the 2014 303(d) List), and the status of the update will be shown in the following section.
- Notice of Availability and Written Comment Period
- Staff Report
- Attachment 1 - Resolution No. R3-2016-0053
- Attachment 2 - Recommended Changes for the Central Coast Region's 2014 303(d) List
- Attachment 3 - Central Coast Water Board Summary Report for the 2014 Integrated Report
- Appendix A: Proposed Changes to the 303(d) List
- Appendix B: Central Coast Water Board 2014 305(b) Report - Category 5
- Appendix C: Central Coast Water Board 2014 305(b) Report - Category 4a
- Appendix D: Central Coast Water Board 2014 305(b) Report - Category 4b
- Appendix E: Central Coast Water Board 2014 305(b) Report - Category 3
- Appendix F: Central Coast Water Board 2014 305(b) Report - Category 2
- Appendix G: Central Coast Water Board 2014 305(b) Report - Category 1
- Appendix H: Fact Sheets (Note - PDF file size is 79 MB)
- Appendix I: Miscellaneous Changes Report
- Appendix J: Administrative Record
- Attachment 4 - Public Comments and Staff's Responses for the 2014 Integrated Report Assessing Waters of the Central Coast
Approved 2012 303(d) List
The 2012 303(d) List contains updates for three Regional Water Boards (North Coast, Lahontan, and Colorado River Basin) as well as the carryover decisions from the previously approved 2008/2010 303(d) List's for the other six Regional Water Boards (including the Central Coast).
On July 30, 2015, the U.S. EPA issued its final decision regarding the waterbodies and pollutants added to California's 303(d) List. This replaces the 2010 California Clean Water Act section 303(d) List as California's current 303(d) List.
Though the Central Coast Water Board was not included in the 2012 assessment cycle, you may access information on California's Final 2012 Clean Water Act Section 303(d) List and related documents at http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/tmdl/integrated2012.shtml.
Approved 2008/2010 303(d)
The 2008/2010 303(d) List is the most recent updated 303(d) List for the Central Coast Water Board. On July 10, 2009, the Central Coast Water Board adopted the 2008 changes to the 303(d) List. The final 2008 Integrated Report was incorporated into the statewide 2010 Integrated Report that was approved by the State Water Board on August 4, 2010. On October 11, 2011, U.S. EPA gave final approval to the 2010 List of Impaired Waterbodies.
You may access information on California's Final 2008-2010 Clean Water Act Section 303(d) List and related documents at http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/tmdl/integrated2010.shtml.
For questions on the California Integrated Report contact Mary Hamilton of the Central Coast Water Board at Mary.Hamilton@waterboards.ca.gov.
To subscribe to the interested parties email lists for the Central Coast Water Board and State Water Board, click on the following links:
Central Coast Water Board 303(d) List/Integrated Report
State Water Board Integrated Report - 303(d)/305(b) (link found under "Water Quality" drop down menu)