Resource Management Agency
1441 Schilling Place
Salinas, CA 93901
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RMA Environmental Services administers Monterey County's NPDES Municipal General Permit issued by the State Water Resources Control Board. The County is responsible for performing a number of permit-related activities that collectively are intended to reduce pollutants that enter and are discharged from the storm drain systems that it operates in urbanized portions of the County.
The Clean Water Act (CWA) of 1972 established the basic structure for regulating discharges of pollutants into waters of the United States and regulating quality standards for surface waters. The US Environmental Protection Agency's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) requires industrial, municipal and other facilities to obtain permits that regulate their discharges into surface waters. In California, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board), a division of CalEPA, establishes the policies that implement the CWA. The State Water Board has established NPDES permits that regulate stormwater discharges for industrial facilities, municipal facilities, and construction activities, as well as other activities that impair the quality of California's surface waters (such as pesticide use).
The State Water Board's web site includes information on the permits that are administered directly by the State Water Board: Construction General Permit; Industrial General Permit;CalTRANS Municipal Permit.
Environmental Services manages Monterey County's Municipal General Permit. Information from the State Water Resources Control Board on minimum program elements are contained within the Phase II Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) General Permit. Information on Monterey County's specific Permit requirements are available from the links provided on the left side of this page, and from the Documents link at the bottom of these links.
Stormwater Management Program Resources: