Report 2012-120 Recommendation 2 Responses

Report 2012-120: State Water Resources Control Board: It Should Ensure a More Consistent Administration of the Water Quality Certification Program (Release Date: June 2013)

Recommendation #2 To: Water Resources Control Board

The state water board should also continue with its effort to adopt a single application form for the certification program.

1-Year Agency Response

We developed an application checklist for staff to use to ensure consistent information is collected during the application process. (checklist submitted with the 6-month report). A Business analysis for an online application process was approved by CalTECH. The online application process will create a single application.

  • Completion Date: February 2014
  • Response Date: June 2014

California State Auditor's Assessment of 1-Year Status: Fully Implemented

Considered fully implemented as the state water board developed a single application form. The use of an online form was not part of our recommendation.

6-Month Agency Response


Staff has developed an application checklist that can be used to ensure consistent information is collected during the application process.


Staff is continuing development of a single application form as part of a separate project to create an online application system. Staff is awaiting approval of a business analysis submitted to CalTech. Upon approval, staff will begin development of the online application process."

  • Estimated Completion Date: 6/5/13
  • Response Date: December 2013

California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Partially Implemented

60-Day Agency Response

Staff is currently developing a unified application template and application review checklist for use by all Regional Boards. In addition, staff is evaluating options to fund development of an electronic application similar to the type already used by dischargers seeking coverage under the State Water Resources Control Board's storm water programs.

  • Estimated Completion Date: TBD
  • Response Date: August 2013

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Pending

The state water board provided documentation to show that it has had some discussion about semi-standardized project tracking across regional water boards and the standardization of procedures. However, the state water board acknowledged that additional actions are necessary to fully address the recommendation.

All Recommendations in 2012-120

Agency responses received are posted verbatim.