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
srobinsongs@frontier.com

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 srobinsongs@frontier.com.

2016 Project List for the Greater Monterey County IRWM Plan

The Greater Monterey County IRWM Plan now contains 44 proposed implementation projects and 37 concept proposals.

  • Implementation Projects: Implementation projects address a multiple of water resource needs in the region, including water supply, water quality, flood management, and environmental resources. Implementation project proposals submitted by stakeholders for inclusion in the IRWM Plan are carefully reviewed by the Regional Water Management Group to ensure that they meet minimum IRWM Plan standards, and are then ranked. The result is a ranked Project List from which the Regional Water Management Group will choose when selecting projects for IRWM grant funds. Click here to download a list of the 2016 proposed Implementation Projects included in the Greater Monterey County IRWM Plan.
  • Concept Proposals: Concept proposals are ideas submitted by stakeholders for projects that are not quite far enough along in their development to be submitted for grant funding. It is the intention that concept proposals will eventually grow into “full-fledged” implementation projects. Concept proposals are not eligible for IRWM grant funds, but are fully reviewed by the Regional Water Management Group to ensure that they meet minimum IRWM Plan standards. Click here to download a list of the Concept Proposals included in the Greater Monterey County IRWM Plan.

 

Regional Water Management Group Formally Adopts the Greater Monterey County IRWM Plan

The IRWM Plan for the Greater Monterey County region was completed in November 2012. According to the Proposition 84 IRWM Guidelines, each entity that is part of a Regional Water Management Group, as well as each project proponent named in an IRWM Grant application, must formally adopt the Plan. After the Greater Monterey County IRWM Plan was completed, the governing board of each RWMG entity signed a resolution to adopt the IRWM Plan; and at the April 17, 2013 RWMG meeting, the RWMG as an entity voted to formally adopt the IRWM Plan.

Click here to download the IRWM Plan [http://www.greatermontereyirwmp.org/documents/plan/] (the Plan can be downloaded either by chapter or in a single low-resolution PDF file).

The development of the Greater Monterey County IRWM Plan has truly been a collaborative effort. The Greater Monterey County RWMG is a unique RWMG – a diverse, creative, and enthusiastic group of individuals who have worked hard, and are continuing to work hard, to develop local integrated water management solutions to water management problems in the Greater Monterey County region. We can all be proud of the cooperative and collaborative spirit with which this Plan has been written!

If you have questions about the IRWM Plan or about the IRWM planning process in general, contact Susan Robinson, the IRWM Plan Coordinator, at srobinsongs@frontier.com or at (802) 279-4615.