On October 17, 2017, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted the Cannabis Cultivation Policy - Principles and Guidelines for Cannabis Cultivation (Cannabis Policy) and General Waste Discharge Requirements and Waiver of Waste Discharge Requirements for Discharges of Waste Associated with Cannabis Cultivation Activities (Cannabis General Order). The State Water Board has established this new regulatory program to address potential water quality and quantity issues related to cannabis cultivation and to meet the directives of Senate Bill (SB) 837 (Statutes 2016, Chapter 32, Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review) and the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA; Senate Bill 94 [Statutes 2017, Chapter 27, Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review]).
Water Boards Cannabis Cultivation Programs Portal (Portal) - The Portal is an online tool cannabis cultivators can use to register with the Division of Water Rights (DWR) to obtain a small irrigation use water right or to enroll in the Division of Water Quality (DWQ) Cannabis General Order/Waste Discharge Requirement (WDR) program. Many cultivators who divert from a water source for irrigation of cannabis will need to obtain a SIUR certificate, while all cultivators will need to obtain coverage under the General Order. The Portal provides and easy to use, step by step guide to help you determine what type of permits are needed.