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Storm Water Program

Meeting Schedule - Meetings are open to the public
10 a.m. on the fourth Wednesday of every month (unless otherwise posted)


Program Background

MontereySEA_Vert-RGB_NoWeb-300x186Storm water pollution is one of the top five contributors to the degradation of lakes, rivers, creeks, and estuaries in the United States. One of the most effective tools for preventing storm water pollution is education, to answer questions such as what is storm water, how does it become polluted, and how can each of us protect our local waterways. As a part of the Monterey Regional Storm Water Management Program (MRSWMP), the City has developed educational materials for the community to learn and understand the nature of storm water and its pollution. Specific practices for preventing storm water pollution can be found at

The City's "water quality ethic" has led to the development of a Storm Water Management Program. This program is continually changing and expanding due to greater understanding of natural systems, innovative approaches to storm water management, and new regulations from the State and Federal EPA. Through implementation of this program, the City demonstrates its commitment to protecting the health of our local waterways, including the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Each year an Annual Report of the Storm Water Program is developed and submitted to the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board and is available to the public for review and comment. Please refer to the SWRCB SMARTS Database, Public User Data Portal for the annual reports. Contact the Engineering Office to see how you may become involved!


The City of Monterey Storm Water Ordinance is found in Chapter 31.5 of the City Code. This ordinance refers to Urban Storm Water Quality Management and Discharge Control. The link below opens a new browser window and refers you to the online City Code which is managed by a private corporation. From within the online City Code, look in the gray bar at the left to find the section you are looking for; or you can perform a specific search using the search feature in the upper left-hand corner.
CHAPTER 31.5 - Storm Water Management Utility - ARTICLE 1

Article 2 of Chapter 31.5 of the Monterey City Code regarding Urban Storm Water Quality Management and Discharge Control.
Urban Storm Water Quality Management and Discharge Control - ARTICLE 2

MCHD-Beach-AlertsFor the latest information about beach postings or closures based on the most recent bacteriological test information, view the Monterey County website or call the Monterey County Health Department, Beach Condition Hotline at (831) 755-4599.

Do not swim in or have contact with water coming from storm drains. Such water may be contaminated with bacteria, viruses, protozoa, or chemicals, and contact with storm drain water may cause illness. Do not enter water after rainstorms as bacterial levels increase with the increased runoff into the bay. Beaches are sampled Monthly from November to April, then weekly between April 1 and October 31 of each calendar year.

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