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Water Quality - 401 & Buffer Permitting

Water Quality

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DWR’s Document Management System lets you view and print files for projects which include buffer impacts, stream determinations, mitigation and 401 certifications and 401 stormwater management plans. To search documents, click on the icon above.

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401 & Buffer Permitting Unit

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The 401 & Buffer Permitting Unit is responsible for implementing the state waters, wetlands and riparian buffer regulatory programs, and assisting with compliance and enforcement procedures.

 

401 Water Quality Certifications and Isolated Wetlands/Water Permitting

Learn about how to apply for a water quality certification or isolated wetlands/water permit, general certifications, compensatory mitigation, stormwater management, express review, our state's water resources, how to obtain stream determinations, statutes and rules, and policies, guides and manuals. 

Certifications and PermitsProject Files ♦ More...

 

Riparian Buffers

Learn about the various riparian buffer protection programs that are implemented throughout the state.  Also find maps, clarification memos, application forms and helpful links. 
Clarification Memos ♦ Buffer Authorization and Variance Applications ♦ More...

 

Nutrient Offset and Riparian Buffer Mitigation 

Learn about the nutrient offset and riparian buffer compensatory mitigation programs that are implemented throughout the state.  Also find maps, clarification memos, application forms and helpful links.

 

Compliance Assistance

Learn about the technical assistance provided on environmental compliance and enforcement issues across the state, how to access case files, and marina information. 

Marinas ♦ More...

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