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Join the County of San Diego in developing effective strategies for improving the water quality of 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. The County will be working with the cities of El Cajon, La Mesa, San Diego, Santee, and Caltrans to draft the Water Quality Improvement Plan for the San Diego River Watershed.

These agencies will be working with the public 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 of Supervisors by June 27, 2015.

The County will be offer several opportunities for public participation during this important process over the next two years. You can: 

  1. Attend a Public Forum Workshop – Each workshop will provide an overview of the Water Quality Improvement Plan development process and collect public recommendations for water quality improvement priorities or strategies. Additional information, as well as workshop times and dates will be posted on the DPW websites.
  2. Join the Consultation Panel – Each Water Quality Improvement Plan will also include the formation of a consultation panel that will provide comments to the agencies at specific points of the plans development. The County is currently seeking qualified members that are interested in serving on the consultation panel with a two-year commitment. The Interest Form Application is due on October 23, 2013 by end of business.
  3. Provide Data that we are collecting to incorporate into the process. Data can be presented at the Public Forum Workshops, submitted via e-mail to Stephanie.Gaines@sdcounty.ca.gov (San Diego River) or Scott.Norris@sdcounty.ca.gov (San Luis Rey), or mailed to the Watershed Protection Program at 5510 Overland Ave. Suite 410, San Diego, CA 92123.
  4. Provide Public Comment to the Regional Water Quality Control Board - 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.

Be part of the solution - It's your future.