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Draft Stormwater Plan Released

Work is progressing on a countywide “Stormwater Resource Plan” or SWRP and a public meeting is set for next week to take public comments on the just released draft document.

Led by the Coastal San Luis Resource Conservation District, in coordination and collaboration with local agencies and organizations, the meeting is from 9-11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 in the San Luis Obispo City/County Library Community Room, 995 Palm St., SLO.

California Senate Bill 985, requires public agencies to “develop a plan that meets state guidelines to be eligible to receive bond funds [approved by California voters after January 2014] for stormwater and dry weather runoff capture projects,” reads a news release from the RCD. “The intent of the legislation is to encourage the use of runoff as a resource to improve water quality, reduce localized flooding, and increase water supplies for beneficial uses and the environment.”

The plan will identify and prioritize projects on a “watershed basis,” such as “green streets and low impact development measures, regional capital improvements, and other runoff capture infrastructure. Projects are evaluated for providing multiple benefits such as reducing pollutant loading to receiving waters, recharging groundwater, conserving and reusing water, decreasing flood risk, protecting and enhancing environmental habitats, increase urban green space, enhancing recreation and public use areas, and advancing community involvement, education and employment opportunities.”

The public meeting will give an overview of the draft plan and provide an opportunity for input from community members and stakeholders towards the final plan.

The draft plan was slated to be released online Monday, Sept. 10, see: www.slocounty.ca.gov/PW/SWRP. Comments will be taken through Oct. 10 and can be addressed to: Larissa Clarke, Project Manager, Coastal San Luis RCD at (805) 772-4391 or via email at: lclarke@coastalrcd.org.

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