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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 Eric Becker (619) 521-3364
eric.becker@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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ORDER NO. R9-2013-0001, THE SAN DIEGO REGIONAL MS4 PERMIT

The California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Diego Region (San Diego Water Board), adopted 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 May 8, 2013 Board Meeting.  The Regional MS4 Permit will regulate MS4 discharges to inland surface waters, bays and estuaries and coastal waters throughout the three counties within the San Diego Region.

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 new Regional MS4 Permit in a phased a manner as their current MS4 permits expire or upon request for earlier coverage prior to permit expiration.

Final Documents (posted 5/23/2013)

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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