There are many technical and scientific publications and references pertaining to closure and postclosure. Below is a list of Board technical documents including advisories, guides, and papers as well as slide presentations and videos on various aspects of landfills including discussions of design, environmental restoration, monitoring and closure of landfills in California.

Regional Water Quality Control Board Jurisdictions

The California Regional Water Quality Control Board offices are divided into nine distinct regions in California. Regions 5 and 6 are further divided into three and two separate subregions respectively.

1. North Coast Region
2. San Francisco Bay Region
3. Central Coast Region
4. Los Angeles Region
5N. Central Valley Region, Redding Office
5C. Central Valley Region, Sacramento Office
5S. Central Valley Region, Fresno Office
6N. Lahontan Region, Tahoe Office
6S. Lahontan Region, Victorville Office
7. Colorado River Basin
8. Santa Ana Region
9. San Diego Region

The Closure Loan Program

The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) is authorized to award approximately $640,000 in competitive, interest-free loans for the 2004/2005 funding cycle. Eligible applicants are owners and/or operators of older-technology, unlined landfills who desire to close early to avoid or mitigate potential environmental problems caused or threatened by continued operation of the site. Landfill Closure Loan Program (LCLP) loans are awarded on a competitive basis. Applicants must complete and submit an application to the CIWMB (now CalRecycle) by the March 14, 2005 deadline. The LCLP anticipates awarding loans by June 30, 2005, with maximum loan amounts not to exceed $500,000 per landfill project. Loans must be repaid over a period not to exceed ten (10) years. The LCLP 2004/2005 funding cycle application package is now available.

Closure Loan Program Regulations

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Alternative Landfill Cover Project Profile, Alternative Cover Assessment Program - Kiefer Landfill: A project profile of the alternative cover at Kiefer Landfill, Sacramento County.

Engineering Geology, Overview of Municipal Solid Waste Landfills in Northern California, Engineering Geology Practice in Northern California AEG, Bulletin 210, Spec. Pub 12, 2001

A Guide to the Revegetation and Environmental Restoration of Closed Landfills, October 14, 1999.

"The Fairmead Landfill Locality (Pleistocene, Irvingtonian) Madera County, California: Preliminary Report and Significance." in Paleobios, Vol 17, Numbers 2-4, pages 50-58, September 13, 1996

The Importance of Landfills on Paleontologic Resources And The Need for Expediting the Recovery of Fossils, Western Association of Vertebrate Paleontologists, Bulletin 2001

Paleontology in Major Construction Projects, Engineering Geology Practice in Northern California AEG, Bulletin 210, Spec. Pub 12, 2001

Slide Presentations/Videos

Paleontology in Landfills


LEA Advisories

The intent of advisories is to provide guidance to local enforcement agencies (LEA) in performing their duties. Guidance, for this purpose, is defined as providing explanation of CalRecycle’s regulations and statutes. The subject matter of the advisories includes procedures, suggested approaches to problem solving, guidance on development of mandated programs, and scientific methods.

13Wood Waste Landfills
15Completion of Solid Waste Information System Inspection Reports for Disposal Sites and Transfer Stations
16Clean Closure
22Changes in Design or Operation and CEQA Compliance
45Methodology for Determining Remaining Landfill Capacity

Solid Waste Information System (SWIS)

The Solid Waste Information System (SWIS) database contains information on solid waste facilities, operations, and disposal sites throughout the State of California. The types of facilities found in this database include landfills, transfer stations, material recovery facilities, composting sites, transformation facilities, waste tire sites, and closed disposal sites.