Urban stormwater management in the Monterey Bay region

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Summary

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)." [1] The MRSWP's goal is to minimize surface runoff pollutants[2] 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 [3]

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

Phase II [1]

In 2003 the SWRCB adopted a General Permit for storm water discharges from regulated Small MS4s.

Location

Watsonville [4]

Salinas (Phase I MS4) [5]

Monterey [6]

King City [7]

Sand City [8]

Pacific Grove [9]

Resource/s at Stake

  • Endangered species[10]
  • Areas of Special Biological Significance (ASBS)[11]
  • Marine Ecosystems[12]

Stakeholders [13]

  • 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

  • Monterey Regional Storm Water Management Program (MRSWMP) [1]
    • Developed by:
      • Monterey
      • Carmel-by-the-Sea
      • Del Rey Oaks
      • Sand City
      • Seaside
      • Marina
      • Pacific Grove
      • Monterey County
  • Integrated Regional Water Management Plan (IRWMP)[14]
    • Entities Included:
      • government agencies
      • nonprofit organizations
      • educational organizations
      • water service districts
      • private water companies
      • organizations representing:
        • agricultural
        • environmental
        • community interests
  • Porter-Cologne Act [15]
  • Clean Water Act [16]
  • Endangered Species Act [17]
  • Proposition 50 [18]

MRSWMP

Annual Reports:

  • Year 1 (2006-2007)[19]
  • Year 2 (2007-2008)[20]
  • Year 3 (2008-2009)[21]
  • Year 4 (2009-2010)[22]

Systems

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

Science

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

Tools [24]

Future Research

...What knowledge gaps remain?... ...Suggest a CWSP MS thesis topic that could contribute to the issue... ...Suggest a topic for a hypothetical study that had unlimited resources...

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 http://www.swrcb.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/stormwater/swmp/monterey_swmp.pdf
  2. TMDLs in the Monterey Bay Region of California
  3. http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/rwqcb3/water_issues/programs/stormwater/salinas.shtml
  4. link.com
  5. link.com
  6. link.com
  7. link.com
  8. link.com
  9. Urban stormwater management in the City of Pacific Grove
  10. link.com
  11. link.com
  12. link.com
  13. http://www.mpwmd.dst.ca.us/Mbay_IRWM/RAP.pdf
  14. http://ccwg.mlml.calstate.edu/irwmp
  15. http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/laws_regulations/docs/portercologne.pdf
  16. http://www.epa.gov/npdes/pubs/cwatxt.txt
  17. http://epw.senate.gov/esa73.pdf
  18. http://www.cdph.ca.gov/services/funding/Documents/Prop50/General/Proposition50.pdf
  19. http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/rwqcb3/water_issues/programs/stormwater/muni_phase2/monterey_co/2007_MR_yr1_AR_body.pdf
  20. http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/rwqcb3/water_issues/programs/stormwater/muni_phase2/monterey_co/2008_MR_yr2_AR_body.pdf
  21. link.com
  22. http://www.ci.pg.ca.us/Y4%20Annual%20Report%20Exec%20Summary.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

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