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Ocean Standards

The Ocean Unit is responsible for the development and updating of statewide water quality control plans, policies, and standards involving marine waters. This includes the California Ocean Plan, the California Thermal Plan, and the development of sediment quality objectives in bays and estuaries. The unit is also responsible for providing scientific support to the Water Boards, and inter-agency coordination, regarding marine pollution and resource management issues.

California Ocean Plan

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Ocean Plan Amendments Under Development

Desalination Facilities and Brine Disposal - Amendments to the Ocean Plan and the Enclosed Bays and Estuaries Plan



Trash Policy - Amendments to Statewide Water Quality Control Plans including the Ocean Plan


Fecal Coliform Shellfish Standard White Paper - Review of potential actions State Water Board can take with regard to implementing a Fecal Coliform Standard in the Ocean Plan for Shellfish harvesting in state recreational waters. This is Issue 5 from the Ocean Plan Triennial Review Workplan 2011-2013.


Ocean Plan Amendments Recently Adopted

State Water Quality Protection Areas and Marine Protected Areas Amendment

 Model Monitoring, Vessel Discharges and Non-Substantive Amendments

Triennial Review

Reasonable Potential Calculator

A program to determine when effluent limitations are needed.

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