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About Storm Water
Storm water is defined by US EPA as the runoff generated when precipitation from rain and snowmelt events flows over land or impervious surfaces without percolating into the ground. Storm water is often considered a nuisance because it mobilizes pollutants such as motor oil and trash. In most cases, storm water flows directly to water bodies through sewer systems, contributing a major source of pollution to rivers, lakes, and the ocean. Storm water discharges in California are regulated through National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits. However, storm water may also act as a resource and recharge to groundwater when properly managed. The Water Boards are actively involved in initiatives to improve the management of storm water as a resource.
- General Inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone Toll Free: 1-(866)-563-3107
- State and Regional Board Contact Information
- Report a Storm Water Violation
- Report a Non-Filer - Let us know if a business does not have a Storm Water Permit.
- Report a QSD/QSP (Construction General Permit Qualified SWPPP Developer/Qualified SWPPP Practitioner)
- Storm Water Permitting
- SMARTS Database
- Storm Water Initiatives
- STORMS - Strategy to Optimize Resource Management of Storm Water
- Storm Water Management Fact Sheet - July 2016
- Phase II MS4 Permit Fact Sheet
- Storm Water Strategy Fact Sheet
- Storm Water Grant Resource Plan Guidelines
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Storm Water Permitting
The Water Boards draw authority for storm water regulation from the federal Water Pollution Control Act (Clean Water Act) and from direction within the Clean Water Act which puts the framework for regulating storm water discharges under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit system. Data collected for NPDES storm water permit compliance is available in the Storm Water Multiple Application and Report Tracking System (SMARTS) and the California Integrated Water Quality System (CIWQS). For more information read our Storm Water Management Fact Sheet.Permitting Program Pages
CURRENT STORM WATER GENERAL PERMITS AND PROGRAM PAGES
|Program Pages||Permit Name||Link||Effective date|
|Caltrans||Caltrans General Permit||Order No. 2012-0011-DWQ||July 1, 2013|
|Construction||Construction General Permit||Order No. 2009-0009-DWQ||July 17, 2012|
|Industrial||Industrial General Permit||Order No. 2014-0057-DWQ||July 1, 2015|
|Municipal||Phase II Small MS4 General Permit||Order No. 2013-0001-DWQ||July 1, 2013|
Public Databases & Fees
Database or Fee Questions and Assistance:
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- Phone: 1-(866)-563-3107 (Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM-5:00 PM)
Storm Water Initiatives
The Water Boards are working toward innovative storm water quality solutions including incorporation of low impact development objectives, green chemistry pollutant control, and education outreach through films.
Explore our progress below.
- Storm Water Films Page
- Keeping California Water Clean - Addressing Storm Water (Video)
- Slow the Flow Video – Make Your Landscape Act Like a Sponge - A joint production of the Water Board Training Academy, Storm Water Program, brings to life practices and projects that individuals and communities have created to steward our watersheds and slow down the flow of storm water, one of the largest contributors of pollution into our waterways. (run time - 29:42)