San Mateo County agencies collaborate on plan to manage stormwater as a vital resource
From drought to floods to green streets, the City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County's Stormwater Resource Plan is ready for review.
San Mateo, CA (January 5, 2017)...
The City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County (C/CAG) established its Flows to Bay Program
to help San Mateo agencies, businesses, and the public keep stormwater runoff clean and reduce environmental impacts to neighborhoods, creeks, the Bay, and the ocean. To help achieve these goals, and to better utilize stormwater as a resource, C/CAG developed a draft Countywide Stormwater Resource Plan (SRP), which is now available for public review and comment through January 13, 2017 at ccag.ca.gov/srp
. Since stormwater pollution affects everyone, C/CAG encourages the public and interested stakeholders to review the SRP.
The SRP offers a plan to capture and treat stormwater runoff in more sustainable ways such as large regional stormwater capture and infiltration opportunities and “green streets” that incorporate special roadway landscaping to capture and treat runoff. After finalizing the Countywide SRP, local “green infrastructure” plans will be developed specifying better stormwater management in each jurisdiction. SRPs are also an essential tool when competing for state grant programs such as the recently-announced Proposition 1 stormwater grant awards, which included over $11 million for San Mateo municipalities.
To ensure the public and interested stakeholders have an opportunity to shape the Countywide SRP, C/CAG is hosting three workshops throughout San Mateo County to provide an overview of the SRP, give details on screening and prioritization tools for managing stormwater, and summarize project concepts related to the SRP.
“This is a great opportunity for those who are concerned about stormwater protection to get involved. We generally treat stormwater as a waste, but now we need to start thinking about better ways to use it as a resource,” said Matthew Fabry, Manager of C/CAG’s Flows to Bay Program.
Please visit the following link for dates and times of the public workshops: http://www.flowstobay.org/2016srp
Flows to Bay is a program of the City/County Association of Governments (C/CAG), whose members include each incorporated city and town in the county, and the County of San Mateo. It was established in 1990 to reduce the pollution carried by stormwater into local creeks, the San Francisco Bay, and the Pacific Ocean. For more information, please visit http://www.flowstobay.org/
Matthew Fabry, P.E., Manager
San Mateo Countywide Water Pollution Prevention Program
555 County Center, 5th Floor
redwood City, CA 94063
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