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 Los Peñasquitos Watershed, the City will be working with the cities of Del Mar and Poway along with the County of San Diego and the California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS) 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 23rd, 2014 to review the goals and strategies for addressing the highest priority water conditions in the Los Peñasquitos Watershed.
July 23rd, 2014 Workshop Materials
The first workshop was held on September 4th, 2013 to review the priority water quality conditions along with their potential sources and solutions.
September 4th, 2013 Workshop Materials
Data Reference List (09/05/2013)
2. Follow the Consultation Committee!
The Consultation Committee for the Los Peñasquitos Watershed has been established and will provide comments to the Agencies for content at specific points of Plan development. Please find the Consultation Committee Charter 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||October 21st, 2014|
|Christina Arias||Regional Board||Agenda|
|Mike Hastings||Environmental Community||Meeting Presentation|
|S. Wayne Rosenbaum||Development Community||July 16th, 2014|
|Mike Kelly||At-Large||Meeting Presentation|
|Paul Draper||At-Large||Consultation Committee Meeting Summary|
|Mark Williams||At-Large||Consultation Committee Comments|
|Rick Moffett||At-Large||November 23rd, 2013|
|Consultation Committee Meeting Summary|
|Consultation Committee Comments on Draft Plan|
3. Provide Comments!
On May 1, 2014, the first draft of the Los Peñasquitos Watershed Water Quality Improvement Plan (Sections 1-3 and Lists of Potential Strategies) was submitted to the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board for public review. The first draft plan identifies the watershed's priority conditions, sources and potential strategies.
To view the draft plans and public comments received, you may also visit the Water Quality Control Board’s website at:
SECOND DRAFT NEW!
On December 27, 2014, the second draft of the Los Peñasquitos Watershed Water Quality Improvement Plan (Sections 1-4 and Appendices) will be submitted to the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board for public review. The second draft of the plan will identify the watershed’s highest priority pollutants/conditions, the goals and strategies to address those pollutants/conditions, and time schedules associated with those goals and strategies.
We are providing you an opportunity to see the second draft in advance of the public comment period.
Thanks to the Consultation Committee for providing input on the second draft. Your input will be reviewed for inclusion prior to our submission on December 27, 2014.
The submitted plans will be posted on the Water Quality Control Board’s website for review and comment at: http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/sandiego/water_issues/programs/stormwater/wqip.shtml.
4. Provide Data!
The initial data submittal period closed as of September 13, 2013. We compiled the data we have received and considered it to help identify priority water quality conditions and sources of pollutants within the Los Peñasquitos Watershed. The initial data and submittal guidelines can be found here.