Biological Objectives Basin Plan Amendment


The San Diego Water Board is responsible for the regulation, protection and administration of water quality. The Water Quality Control Plan for the San Diego Basin (Basin Plan) designates beneficial uses for water bodies in the San Diego Region, and establishes water quality objectives and implementation plans to protect those beneficial uses.

Existing water quality objectives in the San Diego Water Board's Basin Plan emphasize the chemical integrity of waters on a pollutant by pollutant basis, which might not adequately protect the biological integrity of waters. A water quality objective for biological condition is critical to restoring and maintaining the biological integrity of the region's waters.

On May 13, 2015, the San Diego Water Board adopted Resolution No 2015-0043, "Adopting a Prioritized List of Suggested Basin Plan Revisions Developed Through the 2014 Basin Plan Review" (Resolution). In adopting the Resolution, the Board members identified priority focus areas for revision of the Basin Plan. Biological Objectives were identified as a Tier 1 Issue.

Following the identification of Biological Objectives as a Tier 1 issue, San Diego Water Board staff began working on the development of Biological Objectives. On January 22, 2018, the San Diego Water Board released an administrative draft of the proposed Basin Plan Amendment and Staff Report, in order to solicit early public feedback prior to releasing a formal draft. A public workshop on the administrative draft was also held on February 14, 2018.

On February 28, 2019, San Diego Water Board staff released, for public review and comment, the proposed Basin Plan Amendments and Staff Report, including a Substitute Environmental Document (see below). San Diego Water Board staff will host a public workshop on April 18, 2019, to provide information and receive public input on the proposed Basin Plan amendment, Staff Report, and Substitute Environmental Document.

Changes to the Basin Plan require a Basin Plan amendment. All Basin Plan Amendments are subject to a full public participation and hearing process prior to adoption by the San Diego Water Board. Basin Plan Amendments also must be approved by the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board), Office of Administrative Law (OAL) and, in many cases, the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA).

Public Documents

Public Comments Received on Proposed Basin Plan Amendment and Draft Staff Report, including Substitute Environmental Document (6/07/2019)

Meetings and Workshops

Older Public Documents

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