Strategy for a Healthy San Diego Bay

San Diego Bay is a high priority water body in the San Diego region due to its ecological value and because it supports tourism, commercial and subsistence fishing, and a variety of recreational, maritime, industrial, commercial, and military uses. For this reason, in June of 2015 the San Diego Water Board endorsed a Strategy for a Healthy San Diego Bay (Strategy). This Strategy is intended to guide the Board and its staff in making the most effective and efficient use of their resources when taking actions to protect and restore the health of the Bay. The Strategy applies the framework of the Healthy Waters Chapter of the Practical Vision to San Diego Bay in pilot scale by laying out the following seven steps:

Step 1 - Identify key beneficial use categories applicable to San Diego Bay. Then identify key areas associated with those beneficial use categories.

Step 2 - Assess conditions in San Diego Bay with regard to the key uses and associated areas.

Step 3 - Prioritize which issues are most important to address in San Diego Bay.

Step 4 - Set measurable goals for meaningful environmental outcomes.

Step 5 - Realign the Board's work to implement the tasks necessary to achieve the measurable goals.

Step 6 - Track progress of the work identified and the outcomes anticipated.

Step 7 - Periodically reevaluate the work priorities, goals, and milestones and set course corrections as necessary.

The Strategy also proposes to develop a Monitoring Coalition, as envisioned in the Monitoring and Assessment Chapter of the Practical Vision, to implement a long-term bay-wide program to collect information necessary to assess conditions of the key beneficial use categories identified and to improve monitoring communication and collaboration.

The San Diego Water Board looks forward to the implementation of the Strategy. Interested persons can sign up for email notifications for "Healthy Waters: San Diego Bay" at http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/resources/email_subscriptions/reg9_subscribe.html.

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