Your help is needed to develop effective strategies for improving water quality in our region’s creeks, rivers, and ocean. The County of San Diego, 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 conditions.
The County will be working with the City of Oceanside, the City of Vista, and Caltrans to draft the Water Quality Improvement Plan for the San Luis Rey River Watershed.
These agencies need 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 stormwater regulations adopted by the Regional Water Quality Control Board. The regulations require 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 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 for you to participate in this important process over the next two years.
1. Attend a Public Forum Workshop – the first workshop for the San Luis Rey Watershed will be held October 7th, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 at the City of Oceanside Civic Center Community Room (330 N. Coast Hwy. Oceanside, CA 92054). At this forum we will provide an overview of the Water Quality Improvement Plan process and accept your suggestions for water quality improvement priorities or strategies.
October 7 Workshop Materials
2. Join the Consultation Panel– The Consultation Panel will provide comments to the agencies at specific points of the plans development. We are currently seeking qualified members that are interested in serving on the Consultation Panel with a two year commitment. Please find the Consultation Panel Charter and Application Form here. The Application Form is due on October 23, 2013 by end of business.
4. 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 Board after specific components of the Plan have been drafted. Thirty day comment time periods and documents will be posted here and on their website. Please check back frequently for announcements.