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SUPPLEMENTAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS (SEPs) and ENHANCED COMPLIANCE ACTIONS (ECAs)

SEPs, are defined in the SEP Policy as projects that enhance the beneficial uses of the waters of the San Diego Region, that provide a benefit to the public at large and that, at the time they are included in the resolution of an Administrative Civil Liability (ACL) action, are not otherwise required of the discharger. SEPs are intended to restore the environmental harm to affected water bodies. ECAs are defined in the Enforcement Policy as projects that enable a discharger to make capital or operational improvements beyond those required by law, and are separate from projects designed to merely bring a discharger into compliance. ECAs are intended to prevent additional impacts to beneficial uses from occurring in the future. Dischargers that have been assessed an ACL (monetary penalty) by the San Diego Water Board may satisfy up to 50 percent of the total liability by funding an eligible SEP or ECA. That portion of the liability is suspended, and dismissed when the discharger can demonstrate successful completion of the proposed project(s). A discharger can either conduct the SEP or ECA itself, or contract with a third party for completion of the project. More information on the process and eligibility requirements is available in the State Water Board's SEP and Enforcement Policies below.

LIST OF PRE-APPROVED PROJECT CONCEPTS AVAILABLE FOR FUNDING

On Wednesday February 8, 2017 the San Diego Water Board adopted Resolution No. R9-2017-0014. The Resolution implements the San Diego Water Board's priorities by supporting a pre-approved list of Supplemental Environmental Projects and Enhanced Compliance Actions (SEP/ECA List) to aid in administrative civil liability proceedings. The Resolution also streamlines future SEP/ECA project approvals and updates by delegating to the Executive Officer the discretion to modify the selection criteria and add projects to the SEP/ECA List on an ongoing basis. The Resolution and list of currently supported project concepts is provided below. Each project name is hyperlinked to the project proposal. Projects that are in bold and italic are located in environmental justice/ disadvantaged communities.

PROJECTS CONCEPTS SUPPORTED BY THE SAN DIEGO WATER BOARD

SEP Number
Watershed / Hydrologic Unit

Project Name

STRONGLY SUPPORT
SEP2016-0020
San Juan Creek

San Juan Creek Estuary Restoration Opportunities Assessment

SEP2016-0018
San Luis Rey River

The Septic System Maintenance and Best Management Practices Rebate Program

SEP2016-0008
Los Peñasquitos Creek

Los Peñasquitos Lagoon Inlet Restoration Project

SEP2016-0035
Mission Bay

ReWild Mission Bay

SEP2016-0036
San Diego River

San Diego River Restoration and Monitoring

SEP2016-0009
Otay River / Sweetwater River

Ocean Connectors Habitat Restoration and Education Program

SEP2016-0015
Tijuana River

Tijuana River Watershed Sediment Management Plan

SUPPORT
SEP2016-0040
Regionwide

Evaluating BMP Effectiveness for Human Pathogens

SEP2016-0041
Regionwide

Creating Tools to Assess Adverse Effects of Organic Matter Pollution on Estuarine Sediment

SEP2016-0003
Laguna Coastal Streams; Aliso Creek; Salt Creek; San Juan Creek; San Clemente Coastal Streams; San Mateo Creek

Cleanup OC

SEP2016-0010
Santa Margarita River

Santa Margarita River Estuary Water Quality and Habitat Assessment

SEP2016-0017
San Luis Rey River

The Conservation Plans and Nutrient Reduction BMPs Implementation Program

SEP2016-0019
San Luis Rey River

San Luis Rey Watershed Non-Native Plant Control

SEP2016-0022
San Luis Rey River

Monitoring the Health of Our Waters through Bioassessment-San Luis Rey

SEP2016-0007
Escondido Creek

Escondido Creek Invasive Plant Removal

SEP2016-0023
Carlsbad HU

Monitoring the Health of Our Waters through Bioassessment-Carlsbad

SEP2016-0011
San Dieguito River

San Dieguito River Invasive Plant Removal and Restoration

SEP2016-0024
San Dieguito HU

Monitoring the Health of Our Waters through Bioassessment-San Dieguito

SEP2016-0025
Peñasquitos HU

Monitoring the Health of Our Waters through Bioassessment-Peñasquitos

SEP2016-0026
San Diego HU

Monitoring the Health of Our Waters through Bioassessment-San Diego River

SEP2016-0029
Otay HU

Monitoring the Health of Our Waters through Bioassessment-Otay

SEP2016-0027
Pueblo San Diego HU

Monitoring the Health of Our Waters through Bioassessment-Pueblo

SEP2016-0028
Sweetwater HU; Otay HU; Tijuana HU

Monitoring the Health of Our Waters through Bioassessment-Sweetwater, Otay, Tijuana

SEP2016-0030
Tijuana HU

Monitoring the Health of Our Waters through Bioassessment-Tijuana

SEP2016-0034
Tijuana River

Treatment of Tamarisk within the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge

Projects in Bold and Italic are located in Environmental Justice/Disadvantaged Communities

PROJECT SOLICITATION

Applicants interested in proposing additional projects for consideration can do so at any time. Applications must be accompanied by a Project Application form that is available below, and should address all applicable issues from the Application Checklist below. Please submit applications electronically in Portable Document Format (PDF) with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) to sandiego@waterboards.ca.gov (attention: RStewart). Application materials, and supporting documentation, are provided below:

Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the review team if they have questions about the application project or would like to discuss how to best apply the selection criteria to their project concepts. Contact information for members of the review team is as follows:

FUNDED PROJECTS

The San Diego Water Board has approved numerous SEPs and ECAs both before and after the adoption of the 2009 SEP Policy.