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 proposed WQIP for the South Orange County WMA was developed over a two year period through a series of consultation panel meetings and public workshops (see bottom of page for more details on the meetings and workshops).
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.
Water Quality Improvement Prioritization (Section B.2)
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:
Water Quality Improvement Goals, Strategies, and Schedules (Section B.3)
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
South OC WQIP Development Consultations Panel Meetings and Public Workshops
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