(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – The Santa Barbara County Water Agency (SBCWA) will a hold a meeting on July 19, 2018 to receive public input on the Draft Santa Barbara Countywide Integrated Storm Water Resource Plan (SWRP). The public stakeholder meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the County Administration Building on 105 E. Anapamu Street in the Planning Commission Hearing Room. The Draft SWRP is available for public review at http://www.countyofsb.org/pwd/asset.c/2450.
The SWRP is funded by a state planning grant awarded to the County pursuant to the Stormwater Resource Planning Act (SB985). In 2014, the California Legislature adopted SB 985 which requires public agencies to develop a stormwater resource plan as part of the grant funding request process. Grant funding requires that the plan involve a collaborative effort with input from stakeholders throughout the County in order to identify and prioritize multiple benefit stormwater (and dry weather) runoff projects which 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, and the provision of flood management, environmental, and community benefits.
The 45-day public comment period begins on July 2 and ends on August 15, 2018. This meeting is being held by the SBCWA and its partner agencies, which include the Cities of Buellton, Carpinteria, Goleta, Guadalupe, and Solvang; the Carpinteria Valley and Montecito Water Districts, and the University of California at Santa Barbara. Public input received at the Stakeholder Meeting will be considered during the finalization of the SWRP.