Date: Jun 24, 2021

Earlier this year, the Central Valley Water Board issued Notices to Comply for the Salinity Control Program to all permitted dischargers within its jurisdiction, encompassing three hydrologic regions (watersheds): the Sacramento River, the San Joaquin River, and the Tulare Lake Basin. The deadline to file Notice of Intent for the Salt Control Program is July 15, 2021.

The Water Board is requiring permitted dischargers to select one of two pathways: Alternative Permitting Approach or Conservative Permitting Approach. Permitted dischargers in the Central Valley must notify the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board of the permitting pathway they are selecting.

According to the Water Board, the Alternative Permitting Approach will be the most cost-effective compliance option for most permitted dischargers. With this approach, permitted dischargers must pay an annual fee and then submit the following:

  • Certification of Participation from Central Valley Salinity Coalition showing financial participation in P&O Study. Permitted dischargers will need the CV-SALTS ID # from their Notice to Comply to get started. Click here to make the payment.
  • Completed Notice of Intent including Sections I, II, III.B, and IV. A fillable form is available here.

If permitted dischargers elect the Conservative Permitting Approach, the following must be submitted:

  • Salt Characterization Report. See complete instructions and compliance guidelines here.
  • Completed Notice of Intent including Sections I, II, III.A and IV. A fillable form is available here.

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WG Staff Contact

Gail Delihant
Senior Director, CA Government Affairs

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