Watershed program implementation agreement approved

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors members are also the board of the Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, and April 18 the county supervisors voted 4-0 to approve a funding agreement between the district and the Lake Elsinore and San Jacinto Watershed Authority.

The agreement authorizes $60,000 of district funding over three fiscal years to fund the LESJWA’s administration and implementation efforts for the Lake Elsinore River, Canyon Lake River and San Jacinto River and for the tributary watersheds of those three rivers.

The LESJWA was formed in 2000 to improve water quality and wildlife habitats in Lake Elsinore, Canyon Lake and the surrounding San Jacinto watersheds. It is a joint powers authority with representatives from the county of Riverside, the city of Lake Elsinore, the city of Canyon Lake, the Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District and the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority.

A Municipal Separate Stormwater Sewer System must have a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit. The Santa Ana Region NPDES permit covers the Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, the county of Riverside, and the cities of Beaumont, Canyon Lake, Hemet, Lake Elsinore, Menifee, Moreno Valley, Murrieta, Perris, Riverside, San Jacinto and Wildomar. The permit conditions include the requirement of actions to reduce discharge which impairs water bodies. The LESJWA allows for coordinated programs and other efforts as well as coordinated pursuit of state and federal grant funding.

The district’s $60,000 expenditure in the agreement will cover $20,000 annually during fiscal years 2017-2018, 2018-2019 and 2019-2020.

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