Help Improve Water Quality in the San Diego Bay Watershed!
Your help is needed to develop new strategies for improving water quality in our region’s creeks, rivers, and ocean. The agencies responsible for protecting the San Diego Bay Watershed are developing new Water Quality Improvement Plans that will include strategies for identifying and addressing high priority water quality conditions.
In the San Diego Bay Watershed, the responsible agencies 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.
A new Water Quality Improvement Plan is being developed that will include strategies for identifying and addressing high priority water quality concerns within the San Diego Bay Watershed. We need your help to ensure the new Water Quality Improvement Plan will be as strong and successful as possible.
The plan development process is required by new storm water regulations adopted by the Regional Water Quality Control Board. The regulations demand a broad public participation process and a solicitation of data, information, and recommendations, all of which will be incorporated into final plans 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 to do this over the next two years. The final Plan is due on June 27, 2015.
1. Attend a workshop!
The first workshop was held on November 22, 2013 to review the priority water quality conditions along with their potential sources and solutions. The next public workshop will likely be held in the summer of 2014. Check back here for more information.
November 22, 2013 Workshop Materials:
2. Join the Consultation Panel!
The Consultation Panel for the San Diego Bay Watershed has been established and will provide comments to the Agencies for content at specific points of Plan development. Please find the Consultation Panel Charter here. The first Consultation Panel meeting will be held on April 24th from 6:00 to 8:30 pm at the Port of San Diego Training Room (3165 Pacific Highway). Please note that the Consultation Panel meetings will open to the public for observation, but only panel members are allowed to participate in the discussion.
3. Provide Comments!
4. Provide Data!
The initial data submittal period closed as of December 2, 2013. We are currently compiling the data we have received and are considering it to help identify priority water quality conditions and sources of pollutants within the San Diego Bay Watershed. Once the data has been considered, please check back here for a list of the data that will be incorporated into the draft plan. An initial data reference list can be found here.