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Draft Municipal Waterways Maintenance Plan

The City of San Diego is responsible for a storm drain system that conveys runoff from local neighborhoods to the Pacific Ocean.  Portions of the storm drain system require periodic maintenance to remove accumulated sediment, vegetation and trash that impedes water flow and increases flood risks. The City’s Master Storm Water System Maintenance Program (MSWSMP) describes the process for planning and performing current maintenance activities. That program will expire in 2018.

The City is currently developing a new Municipal Waterways Maintenance Plan that will guide maintenance of the storm drain system following the expiration of the MSWSMP. This plan is being adapted to more efficiently provide public safety through a pro-active and responsive maintenance schedule that minimizes and mitigates effects on the environment; and streamlines subsequent authorizations. Currently, the Waterways Maintenance Plan will provide project-level environmental analysis for PDF icon facilities  that have current or historic flood risk. As the City continues to develop this plan, the project-level analysis could determine that maintenance areas can be further avoided or minimized by balancing flood risks with the need to protect environmental resources.

The City invites you to submit comments about the draft Municipal Waterways Maintenance Plan to [email protected]

Schedule (Updated 9/5/18)

  • 1st Public Outreach Meeting: July 18, 2016
  • CEQA Environmental Impact Report Notice of Preparation: July 12 – August 11, 2017
  • CEQA Scoping Meetings: July 25, 2017 & August 1, 2017
  • Regulatory Permit Submittals: Fall/Winter 2018
  • CEQA Draft Environmental Impact Report Public Review and Comment: Fall/Winter 2018
  • Regulatory Permit Approvals: Summer/Fall 2019

Public Outreach

PDF icon California Environmental Quality Act Environmental Impact Report Notice of Preparation

CEQA Public Scoping Meetings

  • July 25, 2017

5:00 – 6:30 pm

Scripps Miramar Ranch Branch Library

  • August 1, 2017

5:00 - 6:30 pm

Colonel Irving Salomon San Ysidro Community Activity Center

PDF icon View Presentation

PDF icon Fact Sheet

PDF icon List of Draft Waterways Maintenance Plan Facilities and Maps - July 2017

Public Workshop

  • July 13, 2016

6:30 - 8:00 pm

Malcom X Library

PDF icon Public Workshop Flyer

PDF icon Meeting Comments

PDF icon Presentation



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