County-wide Integrated Stormwater Resources Plan

The County-wide Integrated Stormwater Resource Plan (SWRP) is a regional, watershed-based plan intended to improve the management of stormwater resources in Santa Barbara County through the identification and prioritization of multiple-benefit infrastructure projects that enhance reliability of local water supplies, improve surface water quality and flood management, and provide environmental, educational, and recreational benefits. Example project types include green infrastructure that is designed to capture, infiltrate and/or treat stormwater (and dry weather) runoff.

The SWRP was developed by the County of Santa Barbara in collaboration with its regional partners: the Cities of Buellton, Carpinteria, Goleta, Guadalupe, and Solvang, the Carpinteria Valley and Montecito Water Districts, and the University of California at Santa Barbara.  On November 6, 2018, the County Board of Supervisors authorized the submission of the SWRP to the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) for concurrence review.  On June 10, 2021, the IRWM Cooperating Partners incorporated the SWRP into the Integrated Regional Water Management Program.  On July 8, 2021, the SWRCB concurred that the SWRP meets the Water Code requirements.  Qualifying implementation projects within the SWRP Planning Area can now pursue funding through the SWRCB Stormwater Grant Program.

Get Involved

The SWRP encourages collaboration between public agencies, non-governmental organizations and the public by creating a common framework for identifying and prioritizing multiple-benefit stormwater and dry weather runoff projects.  Everyone can participate in the implementation of the SWRP through the following four steps:

1. Review existing data: The current prioritized list of project concepts included in the SWRP can be viewed under the Quantified, Unverified Quantified, and Non-quantified tabs in the Santa Barbara County SWRP Project Prioritization Tool.  Potential project locations were identified and ranked during the development of the SWRP using a GIS screening process (Tier I) and a desktop evaluation (Tier II).  Download a pdf of the Tier I and Tier II potential project lists for review by project type and Cooperating Entity.  These potential project locations can also be reviewed using GoogleEarth by downloading and opening these KMZ files (see SWRP Appendix G for details).

2. Identify and develop new projects:  Identify and conceptually develop additional multiple-benefit stormwater projects for inclusion in the SWRP.  See SWRP Appendix H for a description of appropriate SWRP project types, and guidance on conceptual design and benefit quantification.

3. Enter new project information:  Follow the step-by-step instructions contained in the INPUT tab of the Project Prioritization Tool to recommend additional projects for inclusion in the SWRP.  Note that submitted projects will be initially assessed at a general planning level only; neither the project descriptions nor their corresponding quantitative and/or qualitative benefits will receive in-depth evaluation for accuracy or feasibility. 

4. Submit for inclusion in the SWRP:  Email the updated Prioritization Tool to the SWRP project administrator,
Cathleen Garnand
.  Accepted projects will be added to the Master SWRP project list.

For additional information regarding the preparation of the SWRP, see:

Stakeholder Meetings:

October 2017 Stakeholder Presentation (PDF) / Video of October 2017 Stakeholder Presentation

July 2018 Stakeholder Presentation (PDF) / Video of July 2018 Stakeholder Presentation

Board of Supervisors Hearings:

July 2017

November 2018