Urban stormwater management in Santa Cruz County

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Legal Background

Since 1999, certain counties and cities are required by Phase II of Section 402 of the Clean Water Act to have storm water management plans (SWMP). [1]

County Regulations

Santa Cruz County Code

Santa Cruz County has its own regulations for stormwater that apply to all cities and unincorporated municipalities.

Chapter 7.79: Runoff and Pollution Control

Affected Municipalities

Santa Cruz County has four incorporated cities including Scotts Valley, Santa Cruz, Capitola, and Wastonville, with a combined population of nearly 223,000 inhabitants. The incorporated areas of the county, with a combined total population of approximately 136,000, include Aptos, Ben Lomond, Bonny Doon, Boulder Creek, Brookdale, Corralitos, Davenport, Felton, Freedom, La Selva Beach, Rio Del Mar, Soquel and Zayante, also contribute to runoff issues in the region [2]. The County of Santa Cruz works with the City of Capitola for all their SWMP development.


  1. Clean Water Act, Section 402
  2. Population Statistics for Incorporated Cities of Santa Cruz County



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