County-wide Integrated Stormwater Resources Plan

The County Water Agency is working with nine regional partners (Cooperating Entities) to develop a County-wide Integrated Stormwater Resource Plan (SWRP). The nine Cooperating Entities include of five Cities (Buellton, Carpinteria, Goleta, Guadalupe, and Solvang); three Water Districts (Carpinteria Valley, Goleta, and Montecito); and the University of California at Santa Barbara. 

The  SWRP will be a regional, watershed-based plan intended to improve the management of stormwater resources throughout Santa Barbara County by identifying water system improvements which increase user self-reliance on local water supplies.  Water system improvements will be achieved through the following project types: 1) stormwater and dry weather runoff capture projects; 2) surface water treatment facilities; and 3) green infrastructure.  An approved SWRP will be necessary to obtain future grant funding awards pursuant to the mandates of the Storm Water Resource Planning Act (SB 985) adopted by the California Legislature in 2014.

Funding for the SWRP is provided in part by Proposition 1 Stormwater Planning Grant  awarded to the County of Santa Barbara by the State Water Resources Control Board. More information on the State Water Resources Control Board Stormwater Grant Program is available here.

Get Involved

The Santa Barbara County Water Agency and its local partners held two meetings in October to receive public input on the preparation of a Santa Barbara Countywide Integrated Storm Water Resource Plan (SWRP). The project consultant (Geosyntec) gave a presentation on the project, followed by time for public comment and questions. Public input from these meetings will inform the development of the SWRP, and help identify potential projects to provide water supply, stormwater quality, flood management, environmental, and community benefits. The next set of meetings will be held in March, 2018.  For information on how to provide public comment, contact John Karamitsos at or (805)739-8761. 

Santa Barbara Meeting
Tuesday, October 10th at 5:30 p.m.
County Administration Building, 105 E. Anapamu Street.
Planning Commission Hearing Room

Santa Maria Meeting
Thursday, October 12th at 5:30 p.m.
Joseph Centeno Government Center, 511 Lakeside Pkwy
Board of Supervisors Hearing Room 

Download the presentation given at the public meetings.

The use of the Santa Barbara County SWRP Project Identification Sheet is for identifying projects (either with or without design details) for inclusion in the Santa Barbara County-Wide SWRP. The qualitative benefits and design details for a project entered in the spreadsheet will not be evaluated for accuracy or feasibility and represent an approximate planning level effort only. For projects that propose diverting water from a river/creek the percent of the average annual flow in the river that would be diverted and treated by the project (i.e., average annual percent capture) is required.

Download the Land Use Catchment files.

View a video of the presentation from the Santa Barbara meeting.