California Public Records Act Request: Water Violation Records from the CA State Water Resources Control Board

Bethney Bonilla filed this request with the State Water Resources Control Board of California.
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From: Bethney Bonilla

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the California Public Records Act (California Government Code ยงยง 6250), I hereby request the following records:

All violations recorded in California regarding violations of permits, orders, and the Water Code since 2011.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.


Bethney Bonilla

From: Wyels, Philip@Waterboards

Hello, Ms. Bonilla-
The State Water Resources Control Board has received your request for records of various types of violations. Many of our violations records are available to the public on our website at

As you will see from this website, the State Water Resources Control Board implements several different programs. A simple unrestricted query of the database just for water quality violations indicates that there are 83,052 violation records starting in January 2011. Not all of our actual records of violations are available electronically. If you are interested in receiving copies of paper records at ten cents per page, your request will be very expensive due to the volume of records covered by your request. After you have a chance to review the types of records that are available online, I recommend that you decide whether the online records are sufficient, and if not, whether and how you would like to narrow your request to be more focussed.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of assistance with this.

Philip G. Wyels
Assistant Chief Counsel, State Board Water Quality Unit
State Water Resources Control Board
1001 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 341-5178 (phone)
(916) 341-5199 (fax)<>


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