Urban stormwater management in the Monterey Bay region
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)."  The MRSWP's goal is to minimize surface runoff pollutants 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 
All Medium and Large Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) were required to obtain a municipal permit under Phase I.
Phase II 
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.
- Watsonville 
- Basin Plan 1994 adopted by the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board
- Monterey 
- King City 
- Sand City 
- Soledad 
Group with smaller
- Monterey Regions Storm Water Management Plan
Resource/s at Stake
- 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
- Proposition 50 
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- Possible Thesis topic: Effectiveness of management efforts
- Continuous monitoring
- Best management practices (BMPs) to be the most effective
- TMDLs in the Monterey Bay Region of California
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