Greater Salinas Area Storm Water Resource Plan

In February 2017, the City of Salinas and Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency completed a Storm Water Resource Plan (SWRP) for a targeted planning area surrounding the City of Salinas. The plan was developed by Kennedy/Jenks Consultants and completed in February 2017. The Greater Salinas Area SWRP was approved by the Greater Monterey County Regional Water Management Group at a Regional Water Management Group meeting on February 15, 2017, and is incorporated into the Greater Monterey County IRWM Plan as an appendix. Click here to download the complete plan.

The Greater Salinas Area SWRP is just the first step in storm water planning for the Greater Monterey County IRWM region. The Regional Water Management Group is currently in the process of developing a SWRP for the entire Greater Monterey County IRWM region, with plan completion expected by May 2018. The larger plan will encompass the Greater Salinas Area SWRP planning area and extend out to the entire geographic IRWM region, and will incorporate aspects of the Greater Salinas Area plan (as appropriate).

For more information, see the news article below!

Greater Monterey County Storm Water Resource Plan

The Greater Monterey County IRWM Region was recently awarded $469,305 in Proposition 1 Storm Water Planning Grant funds from the State Water Resources Control Board to develop a Storm Water Resource Plan for the IRWM Region. The project will provide $477,244 in matching funds.

In November 2014, prior to the passage of Proposition 1, the California Legislature adopted SB 985, the Stormwater Resource Planning Act. SB 985 requires the development of a Storm Water Resource Plan (SWRP) as a condition of receiving funds for storm water and dry weather runoff capture projects from any bond approved by voters after January 2014. The plan must be watershed-based. Upon development of a SWRP, the plan must be incorporated into an IRWM Plan in order for the projects to be eligible for storm water grant funds.

Storm water planning and management on a watershed basis involves collaboration of local governments, utilities, and other stakeholder groups to analyze the hydrology, storm drain/runoff conveyances systems, opportunity sites, and other habitat or community needs within sub-watersheds. The Stormwater Management Planning Act focuses on diverting runoff from existing storm drains, channels, or conveyance structures to sites (particularly publicly owned sites) that can clean, store, infiltrate and/or use the runoff.

Efforts are currently underway to produce a SWRP for the Greater Monterey County IRWM region, with plan completion expected by May 2018. Click here to download the Work Plan.

If you would like to stay informed about the Greater Monterey County SWRP or participate in the planning effort, contact:

Susan Robinson
Greater Monterey County IRWM Program Director

2017 IRWM Plan Updates

The Greater Monterey County IRWM Region has been awarded $76,935 in Prop 1 IRWM Planning Grant funds to update the IRWM Plan to meet the 2016 IRWM Program Guidelines standards. The plan update began in February 2017 and will conclude by October 2018. Major tasks include:

1. Developing a plan to address arsenic, nitrate, perchlorate, and chromium-VI in communities impacted by these contaminants in the region.

2. Updates to the following sections of the IRWM Plan:

  • Objectives
  • Resource Management Strategies
  • Project Review Process
  • Relation to Local Water Planning
  • Relation to Local Land Use Planning
  • Climate Change

3. Outreach to disadvantaged communities

If you are interested in participating in this planning effort, please contact Susan Robinson at