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

SEPs are defined in the 2017 SEP Policy as "an environmentally beneficial project that a person subject to an enforcement action voluntarily agrees to undertake, in settlement of the action and to offset a portion of a civil liability." These tend to be 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, and must conform to all of the requirements of a SEP, as described in the 2017 SEP Policy. 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 are located in environmental justice/disadvantaged communities.

PROJECTS CONCEPTS SUPPORTED BY THE SAN DIEGO WATER BOARD (UPDATED 12/17/2018)

SEP Number
Watershed / Hydrologic Unit
Project Name
SEP Policy Project Type
STRONGLY SUPPORT
SEP2016-0020
San Juan Creek

Environmental Restoration and Protection, Assessments and Audits

SEP2016-0018
San Luis Rey River

Pollution Prevention, Pollution Reduction

SEP2016-0008
Los Peñasquitos Creek

Pollution Reduction, Environmental Restoration and Protection

SEP2016-0035
Mission Bay

ReWild Mission Bay

Environmental Restoration and Protection, Assessments and Audits
SEP2016-0036
San Diego River

Pollution Reduction, Environmental Restoration and Protection, Assessments and Audits

SEP2016-0009
Sweetwater River, Otay River

Ocean Connectors Habitat Restoration and Education Program

Pollution Reduction, Environmental Restoration and Protection, Assessments and Audits
SEP2016-0015
Tijuana River

Assessments and Audits

SUPPORT
SEP2016-0040
Regionwide

Assessments and Audits

SEP2016-0041
Regionwide

Assessments and Audits

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

Pollution Reduction

SEP2016-0017
San Luis Rey River

Pollution Reduction, Environmental Compliance Promotion

SEP2016-0019
San Luis Rey River

Environmental Restoration and Protection

SEP2016-0007
Escondido Creek

Escondido Creek Invasive Plant Removal

Environmental Restoration and Protection
SEP2016-0011
San Dieguito

Environmental Restoration and Protection

SEP2016-0034
Tijuana HU

Environmental Restoration and Protection, Assessments and Audits

Projects in Bold are located in Environmental Justice/Disadvantaged Communities

Information on project category/description, expected benefits, cost and location can be found in the application form by clicking the project link.

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: CMeans). 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.