South Orange County Watershed Management Area (South OC WMA) Water Quality Improvement Plan (WQIP)
The San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) adopted Order R9-2013-0001, a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems Permit (MS4 Permit or Permit) on May 8, 2013. This Order, which was amended in February of 2015 to include areas of South Orange County, requires local government, in each of the region’s Watershed Management Areas (WMA) to develop Water Quality Improvement Plans (WQIPs). A WQIP for the South Orange County WMA is now being developed and it is scheduled to be completed by April 1st, 2017.
The goal of the WQIP for the South Orange County WMA, also referred to as the San Juan Hydrologic Unit, is to further the Clean Water Act’s objective to protect, preserve, enhance, and restore the water quality and designated beneficial uses of waters of the state. This goal will be accomplished by a planning and management process that identifies the highest priority water quality conditions within the WMA and implements strategies to achieve improvements in the quality of discharges from the MS4s.
In the development of the WQIP, meaningful public consultation will ensure the transparency, efficiency and ultimately the effectiveness of the WQIP. Consequently, interested members of the public will be able to participate in the development of the WQIP in 3 ways:
• Notification. Using the link below, request to be notified of key WQIP development milestones and activities. Notices will principally include upcoming meetings and availability of documents for review.
• Participation. Attend the Public Workshops and participate in the formulation of objectives, policies and approaches. There will be a minimum of 4 public workshops.
• Consultation. A Consultation Panel has been formed to specifically seek the opinions of key interested and affected groups to guide the completion of a high quality WQIP. Consultation Panel meetings are open to the public.
The South Orange County Water Quality Improvement Plan Section B.2 and associated appendices, which identify the Priority Water Quality Conditions within the San Juan Hydrologic Unit, were submitted to the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board on April 1, 2016 for a 30-day public review. The following three comment letters were received during the public comment period, which ended on May 5, 2016:
The South Orange County Water Quality Improvement Plan Section B.3 and associated appendices, which identify the Water Quality Improvement Goals, Strategies and Schedules to address the Priority Water Quality Conditions within the San Juan Hydrologic Unit, were submitted to the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board on October 1, 2016 for a 30-day public review. The comment period closed on November 8, 2016, and the following entities submitted comments (comment letters are posted on the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board website):
San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board Clean Water Now County of Orange City of Laguna Beach Laguna BlueBelt Coalition Surfrider Foundation Laguna Ocean Foundation
The complete South Orange County Water Quality Improvement Plan and associated appendices (listed below) were submitted to the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board on April 3, 2017 for a 30-day public review. Comments must be submitted to Erica Ryan at email@example.com by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 8, 2017 (Subject: PIN 794813, Comments on Complete South Orange County (San Juan Hydrologic Unit) Water Quality Improvement Plan and Technical Guidance Manual). A response to comments matrix was also developed by the County of Orange for comments received prior to the April 3 submittal.
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