Project Clean Water

A Water Quality Resource for the San Diego Region

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Help Improve Water Quality in the San Diego River Watershed

The Water Quality Improvement Plan Development

The San Diego River Watershed Water Quality Improvement Plan (WQIP) development has begun!

The participating agencies developing the WQIP include the Cities of El Cajon, La Mesa, Santee, San Diego, 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.

San Diego watershed

Help Improve Water Quality in the San Diego River 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.

Current Events 

The first step in developing the Water Quality Improvement Plan is to identify prioritized water quality conditions, likely sources and potential strategies to improve water quality conditions in the watershed. Our first deliverable, Section B.2, will be submitted to the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board by the end of March 2014, followed by a public comment period. Check the Regional Water Quality Control website for more information on providing public comments:


Water Quality Improvement Plan Consultation Panel Meeting for San Diego River

The first Consultation Panel Meeting was held January 29, 2014 at the City of San Diego Public Utilities Auditorium in Kearny Mesa. Documents provided to the panel and members of the public, as well as the Meeting Summary are provided, below. 

The meeting provided an overview of the draft Section B.2 to the Consultation Panel and provided members of the public an opportunity to comment at the end of the meeting. This meeting will take place on:

Consultation Panel Meeting, San Diego River Watershed

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

4:30 PM – 7:00 PM

City of San Diego, Public Utilities Auditorium

9192 Topaz Way

San Diego, CA 92123





The Consultation Panel

The Consultation Panel will provide recommendations to the agencies at specific points during the plan development. The participating agencies have selected panel members that will serve on the Consultation Panel for two years. These members include:

  • Christina Arias – Regional Board Member
  • Jim Peugh, Primary Environmental Member, Joe Thompson, Alternate Environmental Member
  • Brendan Hastie, Primary Development Member, Michael McSweeney, Alternate Development Member
  • Nancy Gardiner, 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.

Public Forum Workshops

The first public forum workshop for the San Diego River was held October 3, 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 included:

October 3 Workshop Materials

Workshop Agenda (Updated)

Public Input Form 

Schedule of Opportunities for Public Input

Data Solicitation Notice

Data Reference List

New! Workshop Summary

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 and on the Regional Water Quality Control Board website. Please check back frequently for announcements.

For additional information about the San Diego River Watershed Water Quality Improvement Plan please contact Stephanie Gaines at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 working materials (restricted access)

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