Water Planning Program
The Water Planning is concerned with the comprehensive management of water resources in the urban watersheds of the SCAG region. These resources include the use and reuse of imported and local water, the discharge of highly-treated wastewater, the conservation of water supplies, the reclamation of water supplies and the management of stormwater and urban runoff. Of special importance in this urban setting is the collaboration of local agencies to jointly plan and implement pollution control measures that protect the environment, are cost-effective and sustainable.
The Program recognizes a connection between water supplies and water quality and between land use, water quality and water supplies:
- As water quality impairments lead to more extensive pollution controls in the region's watersheds, higher levels of water treatment will result in new, purer water for reuse.
- With the increasing use of more compact land development designs, more extensive natural areas will create new opportunities for pollutant removal from storm flows and also encourage the conservation of stormwater by providing areas for infiltration.
The Program has developed a series of reports for the Caltrans Environmental Analysis Section that relate stormwater management issues to the planning and implementation of the proposed major projects in the 2004 Regional Transportation Plan. To view the concluding draft report, click here.
Other links related to water resources management are provided on SCAG's Water Policy Task Force website.
In addition, SCAG's Regional Comprehensive Plan (RCP) is being updated. The Water Chapter of the RCP will focus on themes such as meeting the region's water supply needs, the relationship between land uses and water quality, the important relationship between regional water reliability and water storage facilities, the continuing need for more water conservation, and the connection between agency collaboration, best management practices and cost-effective pollution control measures. For more information, please visit www.scag.ca.gov/rcp/water.htm
The Water Policy Task Force monitors Program activities and makes policy recommendations to the Energy and Environment Committee on water supply and water quality issues affecting the long-term sustainability of communities and industry within the watersheds of the SCAG region.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact Jacob Lieb at (213) 236-1921 or email email@example.com