Now in Effect: State Wetland Definition and Procedures for Discharging

  • by Caroline Minasian
  • May 29, 2020
  • Water News

As of May 28, the State Wetland Definition and Procedures for the Discharges of Dredged or Fill Material to Waters of the State (Procedures) are in effect. The State Water Resources Control Board adopted the procedures in 2019 to provide a common statewide definition of what constitutes a wetland. The procedures also address several important issues that include the following:

  • Provide consistency across nine regional water boards to regulate activities to protect wetlands and other waterways such as rivers, streams, bays and estuaries;
  • Strengthen the protection of waters in the state that are no longer protected under the Clean Water Act;
  • Prevent losses in the quantity and quality of waters in the state, including wetlands; and
  • Provide a common framework for monitoring and reporting the quality of California’s remaining wetlands.

The State Water Board also recently released “Implementation Guidance” to assist in the implementation of the procedures and a review checklist for contents of a complete dredge or fill application. More information and the new statewide application can be found on the State Water Board’s website.

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