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== Laws, Policies, and Regulations ==
== Laws, Policies, and Regulations ==
#Monterey Regional Storm Water Management Program (MRSWMP) <ref name="MRSWMP"/>
##Developed by:
###Del Rey Oaks
###Sand City
###Pacific Grove
###Monterey County
#Integrated Regional Water Management Plan (IRWMP)<ref>http://ccwg.mlml.calstate.edu/irwmp</ref>
##Entities Included:
###government agencies
###nonprofit organizations
###educational organizations
###water service districts
###private water companies
###organizations representing:
####community interests
#Porter-Cologne Act <ref>http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/laws_regulations/docs/portercologne.pdf</ref>
#Porter-Cologne Act <ref>http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/laws_regulations/docs/portercologne.pdf</ref>
#Clean Water Act <ref>http://www.epa.gov/npdes/pubs/cwatxt.txt</ref>
#Clean Water Act <ref>http://www.epa.gov/npdes/pubs/cwatxt.txt</ref>
#Endangered Species Act <ref>http://epw.senate.gov/esa73.pdf</ref>
#Endangered Species Act <ref>http://epw.senate.gov/esa73.pdf</ref>
*Proposition 50 <ref>http://www.cdph.ca.gov/services/funding/Documents/Prop50/General/Proposition50.pdf</ref>
*Proposition 50 <ref>http://www.cdph.ca.gov/services/funding/Documents/Prop50/General/Proposition50.pdf</ref>
== Systems ==
== Systems ==

Revision as of 14:05, 30 March 2012

Integrated Regional Water Management Plan (IRWMP) for the Greater Monterey County. Map Provided by Central Coast Wetlands Group[1]


Urban stormwater management is quickly gaining the attention of the public and decision makers in the Monterey Bay Region. The Monterey Regional Management Storm Water Management Program (MRSWMP) was developed to "implement and enforce a series of management practices, referred to herein as 'Best Management Practices' (BMPs)." [2] The MRSWP's goal is to minimize surface runoff pollutants[3] from entering areas of biological significance in the Monterey Bay. Efforts are being taken to reduce stormwater runoff using a multitude of methods.

Phase I Monterey Bay Region Municipalities [4]

All Medium and Large Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) were required to obtain a municipal permit under Phase I.

  1. Salinas [5]
    1. Management Program
    2. Waste Discharge Requirements

Phase II [2]

In 2003 the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) adopted a General Permit for storm water discharges from regulated Small MS4s. Small MS4s were broken into individual cities as well as in groups of smaller cities formed to create a general region.

Individual cites

  1. Watsonville [6]
    1. Basin Plan 1994 adopted by the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board
  2. Monterey [7]
  3. King City [8]
  4. Sand City [9]
  5. Soledad [10]
  6. Hollister
  7. Gilroy

Group with smaller

  1. Monterey Regions Storm Water Management Plan

Annual Reports:

  • Year 1 (2006-2007)[11]
  • Year 2 (2007-2008)[12]
  • Year 3 (2008-2009)[13]
  • Year 4 (2009-2010)[14]

Resource/s at Stake

  1. Endangered species[15]
  2. Areas of Special Biological Significance (ASBS)[16]
  3. Marine Ecosystems[17]

Stakeholders [18]

  • California American Water Monterey Bay Citizen Watershed Monitoring Network
  • California Coastal Commission Monterey County Service Area 50
  • California Coastal Conservancy Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District
  • California Department of Fish and Game NOAA Fisheries
  • California State University Monterey Bay Pebble Beach Community Service District
  • California State Water Resources Control Board Pebble Beach Company
  • Carmel Area Wastewater District Planning and Conservation League
  • Carmel River Steelhead Association Regional Water Quality Control Board
  • Carmel River Watershed Conservancy Resources Conservation District of Monterey County
  • Carmel Unified School District Seaside Basin Watermaster
  • Carmel Valley Association State Department of Parks & Recreation
  • City of Carmel-by-the-Sea Surfrider Foundation
  • City of Del Rey Oaks The Nature Conservancy
  • City of Pacific Grove The Watershed Institute at CSUMB
  • City of Sand City U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • City of Seaside U.S. Fish and Wildlife Serve
  • Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Ventana Wilderness Society

Laws, Policies, and Regulations

  1. Porter-Cologne Act [19]
  2. Clean Water Act [20]
  3. Endangered Species Act [21]
  • Proposition 50 [22]


... What elements of the biophysical system are/were involved?...


  • Low Impact Development(LIDs)[23]
  • Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) [23]


Future Research

  • Possible Thesis topic: Effectiveness of management efforts[26]
  • Continuous monitoring[27]
  • Best management practices (BMPs) to be the most effective


  1. http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&hl=en&safe=off&client=firefox-a&sa=N&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&authuser=0&biw=984&bih=896&tbm=isch&tbnid=ZueC1Ho9QWDebM:&imgrefurl=http://ccwg.mlml.calstate.edu/irwmp&docid=pbcs6kplT6qNkM&imgurl=http://ccwg.mlml.calstate.edu/sites/default/files/images/region_map1.preview.jpg&w=480&h=640&ei=7edzT-uGLK-E2QWLiOXFBg&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=749&vpy=131&dur=615&hovh=259&hovw=194&tx=137&ty=121&sig=102689191159301866187&page=1&tbnh=162&tbnw=121&start=0&ndsp=18&ved=1t:429,r:4,s:0
  2. 2.0 2.1 http://www.swrcb.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/stormwater/swmp/monterey_swmp.pdf
  3. TMDLs in the Monterey Bay Region of California
  4. http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/rwqcb3/water_issues/programs/stormwater/salinas.shtml
  5. link.com
  6. link.com
  7. link.com
  8. link.com
  9. link.com
  10. link.com
  11. http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/rwqcb3/water_issues/programs/stormwater/muni_phase2/monterey_co/2007_MR_yr1_AR_body.pdf
  12. http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/rwqcb3/water_issues/programs/stormwater/muni_phase2/monterey_co/2008_MR_yr2_AR_body.pdf
  13. link.com
  14. http://www.ci.pg.ca.us/Y4%20Annual%20Report%20Exec%20Summary.pdf
  15. link.com
  16. link.com
  17. link.com
  18. http://www.mpwmd.dst.ca.us/Mbay_IRWM/RAP.pdf
  19. http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/laws_regulations/docs/portercologne.pdf
  20. http://www.epa.gov/npdes/pubs/cwatxt.txt
  21. http://epw.senate.gov/esa73.pdf
  22. http://www.cdph.ca.gov/services/funding/Documents/Prop50/General/Proposition50.pdf
  23. 23.0 23.1 http://stuff.mit.edu/afs/sipb/project/wine/dosdevices/z:/mit/lugia/MacData/afs.cron/project/urban-sustainability/Stormwater_Sarah%20Madden/References/Roy_etal_2008.pdf
  24. link.com
  25. link.com
  26. link.com
  27. link.com


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