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
Updated: See new information in the Current Events and Opportunities to Participate sections.
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 

 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 9, 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. Public comments were received  until than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 17, 2014. Provision B.2 and the comments received are posted on the Regional Water Quality Control Board's website.


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. The meeting provided an overview of the draft Section B.2 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.2 with proposed priority water quality conditions, likely sources and potential strategies to improve water quality conditions in the watershed. Documents were provided to the panel and members of the public, as well as the Meeting Summary are provided, below.  


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 Rep, 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 Workshops

Public workshops will be held to accept recommendations for the first two phases of San Diego River WQIP development.

June 2014 Workshop

The second public workshop for the San Diego River will be held on:

June 26, 2014
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
County Operations Center
Chambers Hearing Room
5520 Overland Ave
San Diego, CA 92123

Participating agencies will be accepting 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.

Public Input Form  

October 2013 Workshop

The first public 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:

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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