In the San Diego Bay Watershed, the Responsible Parties include the Cities of Chula Vista, Coronado, Imperial Beach, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, National City, and San Diego; the County of San Diego; the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority; and the San Diego Unified Port District. As of July 1, 2015, the City of Imperial Beach is the lead agency for the San Diego Bay watershed.
A new Water Quality Improvement Plan (WQIP) was developed in accordance with the requirements of the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board (Regional Board) Order No. R9-2013-0001, as amended by Order No. R9-2015-0001 (NPDES Permit #CAS0109266, Municipal Permit). The goal of the San Diego Bay WQIP is to protect, preserve, enhance, and restore water quality of receiving water bodies. This goal will be accomplished through an adaptive planning and management process that identifies the highest and focused priority water quality conditions within the watershed and implements strategies (jurisdiction-specific and/or watershed-level) to achieve improvements in the quality of discharges from the Responsible Parties' storm drain systems.
The San Diego Bay WQIP was originally submitted to the Regional Board on June 26, 2015, as required by the Municipal Permit. The WQIP was subsequently revised based on comments received from the public and the Regional Board. The revised WQIP was submitted to the Regional Board on September 29, 2015.
A Watershed Management Area Analysis (WMAA) has also been prepared for watersheds across San Diego County, including the San Diego Bay watershed. The WMAA for the San Diego Bay watershed, which includes the Pueblo, Sweetwater, and Otay Hydrologic Units, is included as part of the San Diego Bay WQIP appendices. A link to download the appendices, including the WMAA, is available below.
Water Quality Improvement Plan Files
San Diego Bay Water Quality Improvement Plan (Link to file share site. The most current WQIP, prepared in September 2015, and the previous version from June 2015 are both available for download in separate folders. WQIP GIS data is also available at the file share site.)
San Diego Bay WMAA Attachments (No Figures Included)
Provide Public Comments to the Regional Water Quality Control Board
The complete San Diego River Watershed Management Area Water Quality Improvement Plan is available at the link above. Comments will be formally collected by the Regional Board. The Plan is also available on the Regional Water Quality Control Board website, along with the start and end dates for the thiry day comment period and instructions for comment submission.