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Storm Water Standards Manual: Urban runoff discharged from municipal storm water conveyance systems has been identified by local, regional, and national research programs as one of the principal causes of water quality problems in most urban areas. The City's Storm Water Standards Manual provides information to applicants for projects processed through the Development Services Department on how to comply with the permanent and construction storm water quality requirements for new development projects in the City of San Diego. This manual went into effect on Dec. 2, 2002, and was updated January 14, 2011, Jan. 20, 2012, Feb. 16, 2016 and Jan. 3, 2018.
Storm Water Requirements Applicability Checklist: Use this checklist to determine your project's permanent and construction storm water best management practice requirements. This form must be completed and submitted with the permit application.
New Storm Water Permit Requirements: On May 8, 2013, the Regional Water Quality Control Board adopted Order No. R9-2013-0001, which renewed the municipal NPDES permit, and changed some of the requirements for water quality improvements and construction BMPs. These updated requirements are reflected in the February 2016 update of the Storm Water Standards Manual.
Fire Sprinkler Discharge Runoff:
When it is infeasible to discharge non-emergency fire activities to the sanitary sewer, non-emergency fire flows is allowed to discharge to the storm drain with implementing a combination of BMP to prevent pollutants from entering the storm drain.
Watersheds within the City of San Diego
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