The Water Quality Improvement Plan Development
Updated: See new information in the Current Events and Opportunities to Participate sections.
The San Luis Rey Watershed Water Quality Improvement Plan (WQIP) development has begun! The participating agencies developing the WQIP include the City of Oceanside, City of Vista, the County of San Diego and Caltrans. The WQIP development process is required by new storm water regulations adopted by the Regional Water Quality Control Board. The regulations include a broad public participation process and a solicitation of data, information, and recommendations, all of which will be considered for incorporation into final plans scheduled to be submitted to the Regional Board by June 27, 2015.
Help Improve Water Quality in the San Luis Rey Watershed
Your help is needed to develop effective strategies for improving water quality in our region's creeks, rivers, and ocean. These agencies need the public's help to ensure the Water Quality Improvement Plan will be as focused and effective as possible.
No announcements at this time.
Second Phase Water Quality Improvement Plan Submittal
The SLR Participating Agencies submitted the draft Provision B.3 Water Quality Improvement Goals, Strategies and Schedules chapter of the Water Quality Improvement Plan to the Regional Water Quality Control Board on December 17, 2014. In response to a solitication from the Participating Agencies, written comments were received from the Consultation Panel and revisions were made to the draft chapter. The Regional Water Quality Control Board will post the draft Provision B.3 chapter to their website (http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/sandiego/water_issues/programs/stormwater/wqip.shtml) and will conduct a 30 day public review. Public comments will be posted below at the conclusion of the public review period.
First Phase Water Quality Improvement Plan Submittal
The participating agencies submitted Provision B.2 Priority Water Quality Conditions of the Water Quality Improvement Plan to the Regional Water Quality Control Board on May 6, 2014. Data and valuable recommendations were received through the public process and incorporated into the plan. The Regional Water Quality Control Board issued a public notice and released the proposed priority water quality conditions and potential water quality improvement strategies for public review and comment for a minimum of 30 days. The proposed Provision B.2 and the public comment received are posted on the Regional Water Quality Control Board's website. Public comments were received until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 17, 2014.
Consultation Panel Workshops
The San Luis Rey WQIP Participating Agencies (City of Oceanside, City of Vista and County of San Diego) provided their jurisdictional goals to the Consultation Panel on October 16, 2014 for their review. Comments on the jurisdictional goals were received and revisions were made to the draft Provision B.3 chapter. Links to the letters from the Participating Agencies to solicit the Consultation Panel's input and to acknowledge the comments received are below.
The second Consultation Panel Meeting was held on Thursday, August 21, 2014
, at the Vista Civic Center Community Room (200 Civic Center Drive, Vista, CA) from 9:00am to 12:00pm. The meeting provided an overview of the draft Provision B.3 to the Consultation Panel and gave members of the public an opportunity to comment at the end of the meeting. The Consultation Panel had been provided with a draft Provision B.3 that included proposed goals, strategies and schedules developed to improve water quality conditions in the watershed.
Following the public workshop, the Consultation Panel submitted official recommendations on the January 2014 draft Provision B.2. The recommendations were considered by the participating agencies and the draft was revised where appropriate. Workshop materials are available below.
1/29/2014 Consultation Panel Presentation
SLR WQIP Section B.2 DRAFT
4/9/2014 Letter to SLR Consultation Panel to acknowledge their comments on the draft Provision B.2 chapter
The Consultation Panel
The Consultation Panel will provide recommendations to the agencies at specific points during plan development. The participating agencies have selected panel members that will serve on the Consultation Panel for two years.
Primary Environmental Member
Primary Development Member
Michael McSweeney Alternate Development Member
Agricultural Community Representative, At-large Seat
Industrial Community Representative, At-large Seat
Opportunities to Participate
The participating agencies need your help to develop the Water Quality Improvement Plan. There are several opportunities for you to participate in this important process during the next two years.
June 2014 Workshop
Public workshops continue to be held to accept recommendations for the phases of San Luis Rey WQIP development.
During the first workshop, participants were presented with an overview of the Water Quality Improvement Plan process and time to provide input on water quality improvement priorities and potential strategies.
During the second public workshop, participating Agencies accepted recommendations from the public on potential numeric goals for the highest priority water quality conditions identified and the strategies that should be implemented to achieve the potential numeric goals.
October 2013 Workshop
The first public workshop for the San Luis Rey was held October 7, 2013. During the workshop, participants were provided an overview of the Water Quality Improvement Plan process and accepted suggestions for water quality improvement priorities, likely sources or potential strategies from members of the public. Workshop materials are available below.
Provide Data and Recommendations to the WQIP
At key points during plan development, the responsible agencies are collecting data to incorporate into the process. Currently, the solicitation process is closed. Another opportunity will be provided in the summer of 2014; please check back for more information.
Provide Public Comment to the Regional Water Quality Control Board
In addition to providing comments at the workshop, comments will be formally collected by the Regional Board after specific components of the Plan have been drafted. Thirty day comment time periods and documents will be posted here (at ProjectCleanWater.org) and on the Regional Water Quality Control Board website. Please check back frequently for announcements.
For additional information about the San Luis Rey Watershed Water Quality Improvement Plan please contact Amber Rogers at