The City of San Diego needs your help to develop new strategies for improving water quality in our region. The City, working with other agencies responsible for protecting local watersheds, is developing new Water Quality Improvement Plans that will include strategies for identifying and addressing high priority water quality concerns.
In the San Dieguito Watershed, the City will be working with the cities of Del Mar, Escondido, Poway, and Solana Beach along with the County of San Diego to draft the new plan.
The City also needs the public's help to ensure the new Water Quality Improvement Plans will be as strong and successful as possible. The plan development process is required by new storm water regulations adopted by the Regional Water Quality Control Board. The regulations demand a broad public participation process and a solicitation of data, information, and recommendations, all of which will be incorporated into final plans submitted to the Board by June 27, 2015.
Ways You Can Get Involved
We need your help to develop the Water Quality Improvement Plan! There are several opportunities to do this over the next two years. The final Plan is due on June 27, 2015.
1. Attend a workshop!
The second public workshop was held on July 24th, 2014 to review the goals and strategies for addressing the highest priority water conditions in the San Dieguito Watershed.
July 24th, 2014 Workshop Materials
The first workshop was held on September 5th, 2013 to review the priority water quality conditions along with their potential sources and solutions.
September 5th, 2013 Workshop Materials
Data Reference List(09/05/2013)
2. Follow the Consultation Committee!
The Consultation Committee for the San Dieguito Watershed has been established and will provide comments to the Agencies for content at specific points of Plan development. The Consultation Committee Charter can be found here. Please note that although the Consultation Committee meetings are open to the public for observation, only committee members are allowed to participate in the discussion. Check back here for information about future meetings.
|Consultation Committee Members:||Consultation Committee Meetings:|
|Name||Category||Tuesday, July 15th, 2014|
|Christina Arias||Regional Board||Agenda|
|Trish Boaz||Environmental Community||Meeting Presentation|
|John Eardensohn||Development Community||Consultation Committee Meeting Summary|
|Robert Stone||At-Large||November 18th, 2013|
|Ed Othmer||At- Large||Agenda|
|Laura Hunter||At- Large||Meeting Presentation|
|Dustin Fuller||At-Large||Consultation Committee Meeting Summary|
|Cor Shaffer||At-Large||Consultation Committee Comments on Draft Plan|
3. Provide Comments!
On May 1, 2014, the first drafts for all three City of San Diego led Water Quality Improvement Plans (Sections 1-3 and Lists of Potential Strategies for the San Dieguito, Los Peñasquitos, and Mission Bay Watershed Management Areas) were submitted to the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board for public review. The draft plans identify the watersheds’ priority conditions, sources and potential strategies.
To view the draft plans and public comments received, please visit the Regional Water Board’s website at:
4. Provide Data!
The initial data submittal period closed as of September 13, 2013. We have compiled the data we have received and considered it to help identify priority water quality conditions and sources of pollutants within the San Dieguito Watershed. The initial data and submittal guidelines can be found here.