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
Formerly known as the Department of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal
(DOGGR), CalGEM regulates statewide oil and gas activities with
uniform laws and regulations. CalGEM 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
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.