The Department of Conservation provides services and information that promote environmental health, economic vitality, informed land-use decisions and sound management of our state’s natural resources.
Formed in 1915, regulates statewide oil and gas activities with uniform laws and regulations. DOGGR supervises the drilling, operation, maintenance, and plugging and abandonment of onshore and offshore oil, gas, and geothermal wells. Also involved in hydraulic fracking issues.
Cal-EPA is the state’s regulatory agency that enforces pollution control laws and oversees six other state entities including the Air Resources Board, the State Water Resources Control Board, and the Integrated Waste Management Board. The head of Cal-EPA is appointed by the governor and a member of the governors’ cabinet.
The California Natural Resources Agency oversees 15 state entities including the Coastal Commission, Coastal Conservancy, Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Department of Water Resources. The head of California Natural Resources Agency is appointed by the governor, a member of the governors’ cabinet and chairs the governor’s Water Policy Council.
The State Water Resources Control Board is a five-member board appointed by the governor that allocates water rights for California surface water and regulates, along with nine regional boards, state water quality.
The California Water Commission advises the Director of the Department of Water Resources on such matters as approving rules and regulations, and State Water Project operations. The nine-member commission is appointed by the governor.
Develops specific recommendations to improve the coordination and cost-effectiveness of water quality and ecosystem monitoring and assessment, enhance the integration of monitoring data across departments and agencies.
The Central Valley Flood Protection Board is responsible for flood control along the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers and their tributaries. It works in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other federal, state and local government agencies.
The Delta Protection Commission aims to protect, maintain and enhance the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta environmental quality consistent with the Delta Protection Act. (See also chart of Delta agencies and stakeholders.)
Created in 2009, the Delta Stewardship Council has seven members with various expertise. Four of the seven are appointed by the governor, one each by the California senate and state assembly, and the seventh is the Chair of the Delta Protection Commission.
There are nine regional water quality control boards statewide.
The nine Regional Boards are semi-autonomous and are comprised of seven part-time Board members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. Regional boundaries are based on watersheds and water quality requirements are based on the unique differences in climate, topography, geology and hydrology for each watershed. Each Regional Board makes critical water quality decisions for its region, including setting standards, issuing waste discharge requirements, determining compliance with those requirements, and taking appropriate enforcement actions.
Region 5 — Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board
Modoc, Shasta, Lassen, Plumas, Butte, Glen, Colusa, Lake, Sutter, Yuba, Sierra, Nevada, Placer, Yolo, Napa, (N. East), Solano (West), Sacramento, El Dorado, Amador, Calaveras, San Joaquin, Contra Costa (East), Stanislaus, Tuolumne, Merced,Mariposa, Madera, Kings, Fresno, Tulare, Kern. (Very small portions of San Benito, San Luis Obispo) counties.