County-wide Integrated Stormwater Resources Plan

The County Water Agency is working with eight 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); two Water Districts (Carpinteria Valley and Montecito); and the University of California at Santa Barbara. 

The  SWRP is 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.

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The Final SWRP will be presented to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, November 6. The Final SWRP may be viewed here.

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.  Download the presentation given at the October public meetings. View a video of the presentation from the Santa Barbara meeting.  A public meeting was held to discuss the Public Draft Stormwater Resources Plan on July 19 at 5:30 PM at the Planning Commission Hearing Room at the County Administration Building at 105 E. Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara.

Santa Barbara County SWRP Project Identification Sheet can be used to 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.