In 2018, the Monterey Regional Stormwater Management Program (MRSWMP) worked with partners and stakeholders to develop the Stormwater Resource Plan (SWRP) for the Monterey Peninsula, Carmel Bay, and South Monterey Bay Integrated Regional Water Management Planning Region. This effort was funded by a Prop 1 Planning Grant from the State Water Resources Control Board, the City of Monterey’s Neighborhood Improvement Program, and the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District.
The Stormwater Resource Plan is a planning document that identifies public lands (i.e., streets, parks, and municipal properties) where stormwater capture projects could potentially be located to provide the most benefit. Stormwater capture projects collect, store, and treat stormwater runoff as well as dry weather flows such as excess irrigation runoff. Potential environmental and community benefits include:
· Providing water for other uses, such as irrigation,
· Recharging groundwater,
· Reducing local flooding, and
· Improving water quality in local creeks.