The Board of Supervisors directed the chief administrative officer Wednesday to replace the county’s water and drought-management methods, together with sustainability efforts, and ship a ultimate report inside the subsequent 12 months.
The overhaul, proposed by board Vice Chairwoman Nora Vargas, will incorporate the whole area, together with native municipalities, Imperial County and bi-national cities.
Underneath the board’s route, the report will embody:
- figuring out stormwater seize and reclamation alternatives at county parks and amenities, together with suggestions
- suggestions for county roads and highways in collaboration with the San Diego Affiliation of Governments and Caltrans for water diversion, seize and reuse
- incentives for reasonably priced housing developments to combine and set up stormwater seize and reuse techniques
- figuring out monetary dangers attributable to excessive climate circumstances, together with drought, floods and fires
- monetary investments that scale back excessive climate dangers
- analysis into methods different jurisdictions are dealing with graywater reuse and a abstract of finest practices
- alignment of native suggestions with California’s water provide technique
CAO Helen Robbins-Meyer was directed to return to the board with a mid-year replace, adopted by a ultimate report. Supervisors additionally directed her to broaden outreach efforts on present stormwater seize plans within the county, funding and pilot program tips.
The county Land Use and Atmosphere Group might want to establish the $900,000 wanted to fund the examine, as the cash shouldn’t be within the fiscal 12 months 2022-23 price range, after which return for board approval.
Vargas mentioned the hassle is vital, as California “goes to proceed to see drought, local weather change intensify all through our lifetime.” She mentioned local weather change impacts low-income communities and residents of colour probably the most, when it comes to meals or water entry.
Vargas added that the report will be sure that “our residents, cultural communities proceed to develop finest practices.”
Supervisor Jim Desmond mentioned he supported efforts to strengthen water sources, and prompt that the report additionally look at dangers, alternatives and incentives for sustainable agricultural initiatives.
Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.