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STORMS - Strategy to Optimize Resource Management of Storm Water

Chapter 3. Vision and Mission

3.1 Storm Water Strategy Vision

Vision Statement

Storm water is sustainably managed and utilized in California to support water quality and water availability for human uses as well as the environment.

Vision Outcome (Ten Year)

Achieving this vision will result in a future where Californians understand the importance of water resources and incorporate this knowledge into home and work activities on a daily basis and are fully engaged in protecting this resource.

Furthermore, this vision encompasses a future where watershed processes critical to watershed health, such as overland flow, infiltration and groundwater recharge, interflow, and evapotranspiration, are improved and protected, where urbanized areas of California retain, infiltrate, and use rain falling within their jurisdictions and municipalities regularly build and maintain multi-benefit storm water projects to achieve positive community, watershed and water resource management outcomes. 

And finally, achieving this vision will result in water resource practices that adapt to or offset the impacts of climate change, including moving or locating infrastructure outside of hazard zones, building resilient features that provide community, hydrologic, public safety and environmental benefits.


Table 1. Vision Outcome (Ten Year)

Achieving this vision will result in a future where -
Every Californian understands the importance of water resources and incorporates this knowledge into home and work activities on a daily basis and is fully engaged in protecting this resource.

Furthermore, this vision encompasses a future -
Where watershed processes critical to watershed health, such as overland flow, infiltration and groundwater recharge, interflow, and evapotranspiration, are improved and protected.
Where urbanized areas of California retain, infiltrate, and use rain falling within their jurisdictions.
Where municipalities regularly build and maintain multi-benefit storm water projects to achieve positive community, watershed and water resource management outcomes.

And finally, achieving this vision will result in a future -
Where the impacts of climate change are offset through sustainable alternatives that optimize storm water as a resource.
Where the life cycle of materials is considered to determine what actions, behaviors, or processes could be altered to reduce the exposure and contributions to storm water.

3.2 Storm Water Strategy Mission of the Water Board along with Key Partners

To lead the evolution of storm water management in California by advancing the perspective that storm water is a valuable resource, supporting policies for collaborative watershed-level storm water management, minimizing barriers to collaborative watershed-level management, developing resources, and integrating regulatory and non-regulatory interests.



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