USE OF STORMWATER ENVIRONMENTAL INDICATORS IN URBAN RUNOFF NPDES PERMITTING AND WATERSHED MANAGEMENT IN THE SANTA CLARA BASIN, CALIFORNIA

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Abstract:

Under a grant from the Water Environment Research Foundation, the Santa Clara Valley Urban Runoff Pollution Prevention Program (SCVURPPP) implemented 20 of the Center for Watershed Protection's 26 Environmental Indicators to Assess Stormwater Programs and Practices. The indicators were applied at two geographic scales: the 310-square-mile watershed of Coyote Creek and a 28-acre industrial catchment in the City of Santa Clara.

Results from implementing programmatic indicators stimulated improvements, now in progress, to the tracking and reporting of illicit discharges and industrial inspections. SCVURPPP will use the results of physical, hydrological, water-quality, and biological indicators to help inform and motivate action among fellow stakeholders in the Santa Clara Basin Watershed Management Initiative.

The ability to quickly make use of some indicator results is attributed to SCVURPPP's management program, including the adoption of Performance Standards and a continuous improvement process. Other indicators are generally indicative of stream functions and are most useful when they are organized in a framework that provides a unifying theme to communicate a compelling story to stakeholders and public.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2175/193864700784607217

Publication date: January 1, 2000

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