Historically, unmanaged storm water runoff has been viewed as a threat to human life and property, and as a significant source of water quality pollution. The Storm Water Strategy promotes the value of storm water for multiple benefits, such as groundwater replenishment and habitat improvement. The goal is to use storm water to improve water quality and supply for local communities and long-term state water supply needs.
“The drought, and the specter of more frequent droughts due to climate change, requires us to dramatically rethink how we manage storm water in California,” said State Water Board Chair Felicia Marcus. “Storm water should no longer be viewed as a nuisance, but instead embraced as an immediate and future water resource. With the right planning to capture it rather than shunting it away, local communities can improve local flood control, water quality and water supply, including groundwater recharge, while contributing to urban greening—all of which will benefit current and future generations of Californians.”
The State Water Board Resolution No. 2009-0011 (Policy for Water Quality Control for Recycled Water) identified the goal for California to increase the use of storm water over use in 2007 by at least 500,000 acre-ft/year by 2020, and by at least one million acre-ft/year by 2030.
The California Water Boards are collaborating with stakeholders to identify effective ways to expand the statewide storm water program to further integrate watershed management, multiple-benefit solutions, and source control to improve storm water management efficiency and effectiveness.–on Stormwater Solutions.
State Water Board Strategy
NewTerrain February 1, 2016