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:
Greater Monterey County IRWM Program Director