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Public Policy Newsletter Article

California Coastal Commission Approves San Diego Municipal Waterways Maintenance Plan – Biocom CA Speaks in Support

  • 2021-05-20T15:00:00.000+0000
  • Author: Melanie Cohn

On May 12th, the California Coastal Commission approved the City of San Diego’s Municipal Waterways Maintenance Plan. The vote marked a major milestone for the plan, which will provide for ongoing clearing of city storm channels. Biocom California policy staff spoke in support of the plan’s passage during the hearing.

Regular maintenance and improvements to the channel system are critical to reducing flooding risk. Biocom CA has been engaged on this issue for many years – anytime there is so much as a minor rain event, our member facilities in Sorrento Valley, particularly along Roselle Street, face major water intrusion. Businesses in this area have invested millions in flood prevention measures; all the same they continue to monitor rain levels that can overtake flood barriers, threatening electrical systems and employee safety.

We are particularly grateful that the Waterways Maintenance Plan includes advance approval of permits necessary to perform maintenance work, thereby hopefully shortening delays caused by permit lapses, sensitive species requirements, and other issues.

The city has an additional long-term plan to address flooding through restoration of the Los Peñasquitos Lagoon, which will require major funding and multiple permitting efforts. Biocom CA continues to assist in advancing this plan to address systemic flooding issues.