Public Invited to Participate in Storm Water Resource Plan

The Santa Barbara County Water Agency (SBCWA) is currently preparaing the Santa Barbara Countywide Integrated Storm Water Resource Plan (SWRP).

A draft SWRP for public review and comment will be released in the near future, to be followed by a public meeting.

The meeting will be held by the SBCWA and its partner agencies that include the cities of Buellton, Carpinteria, Goleta, Guadalupe and Solvang; Carpinteria Valley and Montecito Water Districts; and UCSB. Public input from the meeting will inform the development of the Plan. The SWRP is funded by a state planning grant awarded to the County pursuant to the Stormwater Resource Planning Act (SB 985). 
In 2014, the California Legislature adopted SB 985 that requires public agencies to develop a stormwater resource plan as part of the grant funding request process, including a collaborative effort with input from stakeholders throughout the County in order to identify and prioritize multiple benefit  stormwater (and dry weather) runoff projects that improve regional water self-reliance, and adapt to the effects on water supply arising from climate change. Beneficial projects include improving stormwater quality, increasing water supplies, flood management, and environmental and community benefits.

For information about this meeting and how to provide public comment, contact John Karamitsos, Program Specialist, at (805)739-8761 or For more information on the SBCWA, visit