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 NEW!
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:|
|Christina Arias||Regional Board||July 16th, 2014||November 23rd, 2013|
|Mike Hastings||Environmental Community||Agenda||Agenda|
|S. Wayne Rosenbaum||Development Community||Meeting Presentation||Meeting Presentation|
|Cindy Lin||At-Large||Consultation Committee Meeting Summary|
|Mike Kelly||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 and comment on the draft plans, please visit the Regional Water Board’s website at:
Comments will be formally collected by the Regional Board for a minimum 30-day public comment period that ends on June 13th, 2014.
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.