Public Invited to Participate in Storm Water Resource Plan
The Santa Barbara County Water Agency (SBCWA) is holding two meetings this week to receive public input on the preparation of a Santa Barbara Countywide Integrated Storm Water Resource Plan (SWRP):
5:30 p.m. Tues., Oct. 10
County Administration Building
105 E. Anapamu Street 93101
First Floor Planning Commission Hearing Room
5:30 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 12
Betteravia Admin Complex
511 E. Lakeside Parkway 93454
These meetings are being held by the SBCWA and its partner agencies that include the cities of Buellton, Carpinteria, Goleta, Guadalupe and Solvang; Carpinteria Valley and Montecito water districts; and UCSB. Public input from these meetings will inform the development of the Plan. The SWRP is funded by a state planning grant awarded to the County pursuant to the Stormwater Resource Planning Act (SB 985).
In 2014, the California Legislature adopted SB 985 that requires public agencies to develop a stormwater resource plan as part of the grant funding request process, including a collaborative effort with input from stakeholders throughout the County in order to identify and prioritize multiple benefit stormwater (and dry weather) runoff projects that improve regional water self-reliance, and adapt to the effects on water supply arising from climate change. Beneficial projects include improving stormwater quality, increasing water supplies, flood management, and environmental and community benefits.
For information about this meeting and how to provide public comment, contact John Karamitsos, Program Specialist, at (805)739-8761 or Johnk@cosbpw.net. For more information on the SBCWA, visit www.countyofsb.org/pwd/wateragency.sbc.