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NOTICE - As you likely have observed, the State Water Resources Control Boards' (State Water Board) SMARTS Storm Water Program database is limiting new enrollments or annual submittals from existing enrollees as required by the Statewide Industrial General Storm Water Permit (IGP). State Water Board staff have identified a technical issue that is affecting bandwidth of the system and restricting access to the database. Due to these challenges, the July 1, 2015 deadline for enrollment under IGP Permit 2014-0057-DWQ, adopted by the State Water Board on April 1, 2014, and the deadline for submittals under the now expired IGP Permit 97-03-DWQ have both been extended to close of business on Friday, August 14, 2015. This database access issue does not impact saved work items in SMARTS. If you have any questions or need customer assistance, our staff will be available to assist you during our normal business hours - Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Storm Water Management Unit's main focus is in implementing permitting, compliance, and other activities to reduce pollutants in municipal, construction, and industrial storm water runoff. The Unit also provides important assistance in dispersing state grant funds to worthy projects that support activities for the reduction and prevention of storm water pollution. With the adoption of the Regional MS4 Permit in 2013, a major shift was made from prescriptive actions to an outcome based permitting approach with a focus on measuring and achieving improvements in storm water discharges and receiving water quality. The Unit is actively engaged in overseeing the development and implementation of Water Quality Improvement Plans for eight Watershed Management Areas in San Diego County which are required by the new Regional MS4 Permit. The Unit also regulates storm water runoff from Caltrans and Small MS4 systems (Phase II) through Statewide Permits issued by State Water Board. Both the industrial and construction storm water program have Statewide Permits and the Unit implements them through a combination of inspections, enforcement, and outreach.

STORM WATER MANAGEMENT UNIT STAFF CONTACTS

Program Area of Responsibility Staff Contact
Program Management, Cal Trans Storm Water San Diego, Orange, Riverside Laurie Walsh (619) 521-3373
Laurie.Walsh@waterboards.ca.gov
Municipal Storm Water San Diego County Christina Arias (619) 521-3361
Christina.Arias@waterboards.ca.gov
  Orange County Laurie Walsh (619) 521-3373
Laurie.Walsh@waterboards.ca.gov
  Riverside County Wayne Chiu (619) 521-3354
Wayne.Chiu@waterboards.ca.gov
Construction, Industrial Storm Water Orange and Riverside Counties Tony Felix (619) 521-5921
Tony.Felix@waterboards.ca.gov
Construction and Industrial Storm Water San Diego County Whitney Ghoram (619) 521-8040
Whitney.Ghoram@waterboards.ca.gov
Phase II San Diego, Orange, and Riverside Tony Felix (619) 521-5921
Tony.Felix@waterboards.ca.gov

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE SAN DIEGO REGIONAL MS4 PERMIT

The Regional MS4 Permit jointly covers 39 municipal, county government, and special district entities (referred to jointly as Copermittees) located in Southern Orange County, Southwestern Riverside County, and San Diego County who own and operate large MS4s which discharge storm water (wet weather) runoff and non-storm water (dry weather) runoff to surface waters throughout the San Diego Region. The Copermitees will be covered by the Regional MS4 Permit in a phased a manner as their current MS4 permits expire.

PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO ORDER NO. R9-2013-0001, TENTATIVE ORDER NO. R9-2015-0100

The San Diego Water Board is considering amendments to the Regional MS4 Permit in response to the Riverside County Copermittees’ Report of Waste Discharge submitted May 8, 2015.

In addition to designating the Riverside County Copermittees as MS4 dischargers responsible for compliance with the terms and conditions of the Regional MS4 Permit, the Tentative Order also proposes to amend the Regional MS4 Permit to address a variety of other issues including 1) incorporation of an option to utilize the Water Quality Improvement Plan to demonstrate compliance with receiving water prohibitions and limitations, 2) clarification of land development requirements describing when a development project should be subject to the Priority Development Project requirements, 3) amendment to the requirements for updating the BMP Design Manual as a result of corrections to the priority development project definitions,4) clarification of requirements for non-storm water discharges covered by the Statewide NPDES Permit for Drinking Water Systems and the San Diego Water Board’s General Waste Discharge Requirements for Groundwater Extraction Discharges to Surface Waters, and 5) clarification of the Indicator Bacteria, Project I - Beaches and Creeks and Los Penasquitos Lagoon Sediment Total Maximum Daily Load requirements to increase consistency with the Basin Plan Amendments. If adopted, the Tentative Order will supersede the Riverside County Copermittees’ current Fourth Term MS4 Permit, Order No. R9-2010-0016.

Public Comment Period

The San Diego Water Board will accept written comments on the Tentative Order and proposed changes to the Regional MS4 Permit. Written comments must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 14, 2015.

Public Hearing

The Public Hearing on Tentative Order No. R9-2015-0100 will be held during the San Diego Water Board meeting scheduled for November 18, 2015. More information on the Public Hearing is found in the Notice of Opportunity to Comment and Public Hearing.

PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO ORDER NO. R9-2013-0001, AS AMENDED BY ORDER NO. R9-2015-0001

On February 11, 2015, the San Diego Water Board adopted Order No. R9-2015-0001, which amended Order No. R9-2013-0001, to extend coverage of the Regional MS4 Permit to the Orange County Copermittees and address a variety of other issues. During the proceedings for Order No. R9-2015-0001, the San Diego Water Board deferred consideration of two concepts proposed as permit amendments to establish 1) a definition of the term "prior lawful approval" for priority development projects, and 2) an alternative compliance pathway that would conditionally allow the Copermittees to be deemed in compliance with the receiving water limitations and related prohibitions of the Regional MS4 Permit. The San Diego Water Board scheduled a series of workshops to receive comments and information from the Copermittees and other key stakeholder groups concerning the prior lawful approval and alternative compliance pathway issues.

ORDER NO. R9-2013-0001, AS AMENDED BY ORDER NO. R9-2015-0001

The California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Diego Region (San Diego Water Board), adopted Order No. R9-2015-0001, an Order Amending Order No. R9-2013-0001, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit and Waste Discharge Requirements for Discharges from the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) Draining the Watersheds Within the San Diego Region at its February 11, 2015 Board Meeting.  Final Amended Order No. R9-2013-0001 and Fact Sheet identifies specific changes made to Order No. R9-2013-0001 and Attachments in blue underline and red-strikeout text. The conformed copy of Order No. R9-2013-0001 and Fact Sheet incorporates all adopted changes. .

Final Documents (posted 3/4/2015)

HISTORICAL REGIONAL MS4 PERMIT DEVELOPMENT INFORMATION

WATER QUALITY IMPROVEMENT PLANS

PHASE I MUNICIPAL STORM WATER PERMITS

PHASE II MUNICIPAL STORM WATER PERMIT

CALTRANS STORM WATER PERMIT

CONSTRUCTION STORM WATER PERMIT

INDUSTRIAL STORM WATER PERMIT

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