Stormwater Symposium

Oral

397681 - Incorporating Stormwater as a Resource into Regional Water Management Planning: The Sacramento Experience

Monday, June 4
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: Greenway AB

Stormwater and dry weather urban runoff can contribute to flooding, pollution of water bodies, and damage to environmental habitat. Capture and use of stormwater can prevent and/or mitigate these impacts, as well as supplement water supply. These practices can be integrated with other regional water management and watershed stewardship efforts to plan and implement projects and programs that take into account the many needs of and demands on a watershed. The result is projects and programs that provide multiple benefits such as improving water quality, increasing water supply, reducing flood risks, protecting environmental habitat and public health, and enhancing communities.

In this spirit, stakeholders in the greater Sacramento, CA region developed a Stormwater Resource Plan (SWRP) to begin an ongoing process for identifying, cataloging, and ranking watershed-based runoff management methodologies. Stakeholders involved in SWRP effort included municipal stormwater practitioners, groundwater managers, a collaborative of watershed councils, flood control agencies, and the area’s joint power authority that oversees development and management of the Integrated Regional Watershed Management Plan (IRWMP). To further a one-water initiative, the SWRP was incorporated into the IRWMP. This level of cooperation is a first for the region.

The presentation will summarize the intent and content of the SWRP development, focusing on the challenges and resolutions involved. Examples include how to 1) develop methodologies for identifying and prioritizing projects and quantifying relevant benefits, and 2) create a “living document,” which is adaptively managed to allow stakeholders to modify and improve watershed management and develop and implement future projects.

Maureen Mathias. Kerner, PE

Research Engineer
Office of Water Programs at California State University, Sacramento

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