OC Public Works, on behalf of the municipalities of South Orange County Watershed Management Area (South OC WMA), is initiating the Flow Ecology Special Study as identified in the Water Quality Improvement Plan (WQIP).
The South OC WMA committed to implementing a comprehensive WQIP in association with the regional stormwater discharge permit, which identifies goals, strategies, and schedules to address altered flow patterns as a key concern for water quality and stream health in south Orange County creeks and rivers. The identification and elimination of nuisance dry weather flows and restoration of 23,000 linear feet of degraded stream habitat are key implementation strategies to achieve the goals of the WQIP.
Determining environmental flow needs will shed light on how to manage water to promote streamflow enhancement and environmental restoration while balancing the needs of the communities of South Orange County. The primary goal of the Flow Ecology Study is to develop ecologically-based environmental flow recommendations for waterbodies across the South OC WMA.
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