The Cities of Monterey, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Del Rey Oaks, Sand City, Seaside, Marina, Pacific Grove, and the County of Monterey, are eight local entities that have joined forces to develop a regional storm water program for the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding areas. The Monterey Regional Storm Water Permit Participants Group (Group) meets monthly to discuss urban runoff issues. The Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency (MRWPCA) acts as the Group's administrative agent, holding meetings and working with the Group to assist in managing this regional program. This Group was originally formed in 2001 to begin working on development of a permit application for the EPA's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II program, which requires cities under 100,000 in population to obtain permits and implement programs. The group meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 10:00 a.m. at the MRWPCA offices at 5 Harris Court, Building D, in Monterey (Ryan Ranch area). If you are interested in more information about the meetings please call (831) 372-3367.
The Monterey Regional Permit Group is now covered under the State’s General Storm Water Permit for Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4). The six permit components implemented through the permit program are:
To learn more about the above components, see the MRSWMP (Permit Document) for the entirety of the regional permit implementation document.
City of Monterey Code requires construction site operators to implement best management practices (BMPs) to prevent pollutants from leaving the site and entering the City's storm water system.
A Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) must be submitted to Plans and Public Works Department for any construction project (linear included) that disturbs one or more acres of soil or whose project disturbs less than one acre and is part of a larger common plan of development.
Regulated by the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), these projects are required to obtain coverage under the State's Construction General Permit (CGP) prior to construction. Lean more about the CGP and SWPPP requirements at the State's SWRCB Construction Storm Water Program website.
New Post-Construction Requirements (PCRs) for Devlopment Projects are now in effect throughout the Central Coast per Central Coast Regional Board regulations.
Storm water pollution is one of the top five contributors to the degradation of lakes, rivers, creeks, and estuaries in the United States. One of the most effective tools for preventing storm water pollution is education, to answer questions such as what is storm water, how does it become polluted, and how can each of us protect our local waterways. As a part of the Monterey Regional Storm Water Management Program (MRSWMP), the City has developed educational materials for the community to learn and understand the nature of storm water and its pollution. Specific practices for preventing storm water pollution can be found at www.montereysea.org.
The City's "water quality ethic" has led to the development of a Storm Water Management Program. This program is continually changing and expanding due to greater understanding of natural systems,innovative approaches to storm water management, and new regulations from the State and Federal EPA. Through implementation of this program, the City demonstrates its commitment to protecting the health of our local waterways, including the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
Each year an Annual Report of the Storm Water Program is developed and submitted to the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board and is available to the public for review and comment. The Annual Report is available online atwww.montereysea.org and at the Engineering Office. Public input and stakeholder participation is a key component of this program. Please contact the Engineering Office to see how you may become involved!
The City of Monterey Storm Water Ordinance is found in Chapter 31.5 of the City Code. This ordinance refers to Urban Storm Water Quality Management and Discharge Control. The link below opens a new browser window and refers you to the online City Code which is managed by a private corporation. From within the online City Code, look in the gray bar at the left to find the section you are looking for; or you can perform a specific search using the search feature in the upper left-hand corner.
CHAPTER 31.5 - Storm Water Management Ordinance - SECTION 1
A new Article 2 is hereby added to Chapter 31.5 of the Monterey City Code regarding Urban Storm Water Quality Management and Discharge Control.
Article 2 - Urban Storm Water Quality Management and Discharge Control
For the latest information about beach postings or closures based on the most recent bacteriological test information, view the Monterey County website or call the Beach Condition Hotline (800) 347-6363.
Do not swim in or have contact with water coming from storm drains. Such water may be contaminated with bacteria, viruses, protozoa, or chemicals, and contact with storm drain water may cause illness. Do not enter water after rainstorms as bacterial levels increase with the increased runoff into the bay.
Beaches are sampled Monthly from November to April, then weekly between April 1 and October 31 of each calendar year.
To report sanitary sewer spills and illegal dumping to the street, waterways, or the storm drain system, please call one of the following:
(831) 646-3921 (during business hours)
(831) 646-3914 (during after hours)
911 (county-wide, anytime)
Dumping any pollutants or trash into the gutter, catch basin or the storm drain system is ILLEGAL. Please report sanitary sewer spills and any dumping to the City. Local ordinances limit storm water flows to clean rain water and non-polluted incidental flows like groundwater. Please do your part to protect local waterways!
Public Reports of City Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs) may be found in the SWRCB California Integrated Water Quality System Project (CIWQS) database, available here: www.waterboards.ca.gov/ciwqs/publicreports.shtml
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