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Water Quality Program
Statewide Nonpoint Source (NPS) Program Information

California’s Nonpoint Source Program

The Plan for California's Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Program (NPS Program Plan) provides a single unified, coordinated statewide approach to dealing with NPS pollution. A total of 28 state agencies are working collaboratively through the Interagency Coordinating Committee to implement the NPS Program Plan.

California Water and Land Use Partnership

The California Water and Land Use Partnership is a member of the National Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO) Network, which educates local land use decision makers about the relationship of land use to natural resource protection, with a focus on water resources.

The California Water and Land Use Partnership was formed by local, state, and national agencies to develop an educational program linking land use to water quality. We are working with local communities to develop the tools necessary to protect natural resources, including water quality, and community character. The intent is to keep California’s land use decision makers updated on nonpoint source (NPS) pollution related issues. Natural resource based planning is introduced as a framework for addressing land use and water quality issues.

Marinas & Recreational Boating: Interagency Coordinating Committee

The California Coastal Commission coordinates the Non-Point Source Interagency Coordinating Committee (IACC) Marinas and Recreational Boating Workgroup, an interagency workgroup addressing water quality issues for marinas and recreational boating

Critical Coastal Areas (CCA) Program

California’s Critical Coastal Areas (CCA) Program is an innovative program to foster collaboration among local stakeholders and government agencies, to better coordinate resources and focus efforts on coastal-zone watershed areas in critical need of protection from polluted runoff.

The Model Urban Runoff Program

The Model Urban Runoff Program (MURP) is a “how-to” guide for local governments to address the issues of polluted runoff in the urban environment. The program consists of a manual and associated workshops that will help small municipalities develop, finance, implement, and enforce a comprehensive program for managing storm water pollution and improving water quality.

California's Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Program (January 2000) 

Documents marked [PDF] are available in portable document format. If you do not already have it, you can get it free of charge. To download it, click here and follow the instructions.

Nonpoint Source Program Strategy & Implementation Plan, 1998-2013, Volume 1 (231 pages) [PDF]
California Management Measures For Polluted Runoff (CAMMPR), Volume 2

WALUP: California Water and Land Use Partnership

Fact Sheets
Water Quality Site Evauations
Outside Links

The California Coastal Commission is working in partnership with the California State Water Resources Control Board to implement the State's Nonpoint Source (NPS) Program pursuant to the 1990 Federal Coastal Zone Act Reauthorization Amendments (CZARA) and  the Federal Clean Water Act.
For further information, please contact either:

Jack Gregg
California Coastal Commission
(415) 904-5246 


Steve Fagundes
State Water Resources Control Board
(916) 341-5487