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STORMS - Strategy to Optimize Resource Management of Storm Water

Chapter 6. Measuring and Reporting Progress

The following performance reporting mechanisms are intended to evaluate the success of the Storm Water Strategy in making progress towards the goals identified.

6.1 Performance Reporting - Part I

Currently, information collected by the Water Boards includes permittee information (enrollment in general permit, co-permittees, type of facility, industry code, location, size, etc.), compliance evaluations (inspections, ad-hoc and annual report review, etc.), and enforcement actions (notices of violation, notices of non-compliance, formal enforcement, etc.). Overall Storm Water Strategy performance measures cannot be established based on the data collected at this time. The intent of proposed Project 5a (Storm Water Program Data and Information "Open Data") is to increase the amount and use of storm water data and information for Water Boards' decision making and program performance review. Accordingly, completion of proposed Project 5a will be integral to identifying and achieving data driven performance measures and their targets.

The Water Boards, in conjunction with the Implementation Committee proposed in Section 5 above, will complete the development of specific data-driven performance measures and their targets. State Water Board staff will create baselines, set appropriate targets, and measure progress toward the targets with periodic updates provided to the State Water Board.

6.2 Interim Performance Reporting - Part II

Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Funding Provided to Storm Water Projects
The Storm Water Resource Planning Act (Senate Bill 985) requires the development of a watershed-based Storm Water Resource Plan as a condition of receiving funds for storm water and dry weather runoff capture projects from any bond approved by voters after January 2014. The Storm Water Resource Plan must include a prioritized list of storm water and dry weather capture projects and be integrated into the appropriate IRWM Plan. The integration of the Storm Water Resource Plan into an IRWM Plan is intended to facilitate the partnering of the various water quality, water supply, and environmental interests.

Two previous voter-approved bonds, Proposition 50 and 84, included funds for IRWM projects. Proposition 50 funds were co-managed by the State Water Board and the Department of Water Resources, and Proposition 84 funds were managed entirely by the Department of Water Resources. The projects funded through both of the IRWM grants were spread across the state, and some of the regions included both storm water and dry weather runoff capture projects.

In order to quantify the impact of Senate Bill 985, the amount of Propositions 50 and 84 IRWM funds that were awarded to storm water and dry weather capture projects will be identified and summarized as a reference or baseline. As the Proposition 1 IRWM funds are awarded, those projects will be screened for storm water capture projects to include in the tracking summary and compare to previous IRWM grant programs (Propositions 50 and 84).

Annual Accounting and Reporting of Information-Sharing Outlets
One method to achieve Goal 1 (Change the Perspective that Storm Water is a Waste or Hazard, and Treat it as a Valuable Water Resource) is to identify, establish, and capitalize on opportunities for public outreach and education by the State Water Boar's Storm Water Planning Unit. An accounting of media outlets (lyris e-mails, websites, social networking, etc.), public training classes, and speaking opportunities will be conducted annually. A table summary report will be established and updated on the State Water Board's Storm Water Strategy website.

  »»  2017 STORMS Public Outreach and Education Report

Year 5 - Stakeholder Follow-up Survey
Over twenty stakeholder meetings were conducted in the summer and fall of 2014 as part of an initial stakeholder process. Each meeting targeted specific groups including representatives from environmental advocacy groups, non-profit organizations, municipal storm water permittees, industrial and construction storm water permittees, the general public, and Regional Water Board staff to gather input on how to improve the effectiveness of the Storm Water Program. Cumulatively, forty issues were identified through this process as barriers to effective storm water management and water quality protection.

By Year 5, a follow-up survey will be conducted targeting the same initial stakeholder groups discussed above. Survey questions will be crafted to closely follow the questions asked during the stakeholder meetings held in 2014. Successful implementation of the Storm Water Strategy will result in fewer identified issues as compared to the 2014 compilation.




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