Public input wanted on watershed

CARLSBAD — The responsible agencies of the Carlsbad Watershed invite the public to participate in the development of a Water Quality Improvement Plan (WQIP) to identify and address surface water quality issues in North County San Diego. Community groups, residents and businesses are encouraged to participate in the following opportunities: — Provide Written Comments: Provide comments on the first draft of the WQIP Sections 1-3, which assesses the watershed’s priority water quality conditions and potential sources of pollution. To review and comment, visit the Regional Water Board’s Web site at HYPERLINK “http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/sandiego/water_issues/programs/stormwater/wqip.shtml”waterboards.ca.gov/sandiego/water_issues/programs/stormwater/wqip.shtml. Comments are due on July 14. — Attend a workshop: A public workshop will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. July 17 at the Carlsbad Faraday Center, 1635 Faraday Ave. The workshop will provide an overview of the WQIP development process, and invite recommendations on strategies, activities, and projects responsible agencies could pursue to address surface water pollution in the watershed. The plan development process is required by municipal stormwater regulations adopted in 2013 by the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board. The regulations include broad public participation and a solicitation of data and recommendations, which will be considered for inclusion into final plans to be submitted to the Regional Board by June 27, 2015. A watershed is an area of land where all of the water that drains from the surface flows to the same place or common body of water. The Carlsbad Watershed encompasses approximately 210 square miles and includes portions of the cities of Carlsbad, Encinitas, Escondido, Oceanside, San Marcos, Solana Beach, Vista and the County of San Diego. The watershed has four coastal lagoons, three major creeks, and two large water storage reservoirs.

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