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We are StormReady!

Storm Ready County logoIt may still seem like summer, but the winter rains are right around the corner and once again the County of San Diego is designated as a StormReady County, thanks to the efforts of DPW’s Flood Control Section. This certification demonstrates that San Diego County is prepared for storm-related disasters. The program also helps save on insurance premiums across the unincorporated county

Approximately 90% of all Presidentially-declared disasters in the United States are weather related, involving approximately 500 deaths and causing nearly $14 billion in damage each year. Certification as a StormReady County by the National Weather Service confirms the County is prepared to respond to weather-related disasters through advanced planning, real-time response, education, and awareness. Since our last StormReady certification, Flood Control staff has redesigned our storm operations center (The Weather Center) to more efficiently conduct storm operations, expanded our webcam program at low water crossings subject to frequent flooding, developed a near real-time flood forecast model for the San Luis Rey River Watershed, designed and helped conduct a comprehensive regional flood disaster exercise, and expanded the ALERT flood warning system. All to help us better prepare and keep us informed during severe weather.

The StormReady recertification runs through 2015.

For more information, contact Cid Tesoro, Watershed Protection/Flood Control Manager, at (858) 694-3672.


The County of San Diego and participating agencies working together to improve the water quality of San Diego’s streams, rivers, and creeks will submit Provision B.2 Priority Water Quality Conditions to the Regional Water Quality Control Board. This is the first of three Water Quality Improvement Plan deliverables and identifies priority water quality conditions, sources and stressors, as well as potential water quality improvement strategies.


You can find out more about the San Diego River Watershed and the San Luis Rey Watershed Water Quality Improvement Planning process and get involved in the public process. 
Get involved - Help us continually protect and preserve our waterways and environment. 

 

Click on any of the links below for information on Stormwater and Flood Control activities and topics

Watch a quick video on how to use sandbags and why they are important
Re-Think Water Use website
County of San Diego's Stormwater Regulations, Reports, and Plans webpage


Flood Control 
Stormwater Pollutants (Residential Based)
Stormwater Commercial Activities  
Stormwater Residential Activities 
Survey Results:"Findings from Survey of Unincorporated Residents on Storm Water Pollution", October 2009

 
Land Development, Construction, and Projects

 

 If you have questions or would like additional information, 
call the County Stormwater hotline at 1(888) 846-0800
or e-mail us at watersheds@sdcounty.ca.gov

Report a Stormwater Violation On-Line
 
COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO
Department of Public Works
Watershed Protection Program
 
5510 Overland Ave., Suite 410, MS O326
San Diego,  CA  92123,  USA
(858) 495-5318           Fax: (858) 495-5263