What we do
VCSQMP works to improve stormwater quality, monitor the health of our watersheds and meet the compliance requirements of the Ventura Countywide Stormwater Permit. We do this through outreach to residents; business outreach and inspections; the design, installation, and maintenance of trash capture and runoff diversion devices; and other best management practices.
Who We Are
The Ventura Countywide Stormwater Quality Management Program includes the Cities of Camarillo, Fillmore, Moorpark, Ojai, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Simi Valley, Santa Paula, Thousand Oaks, Ventura, the County of Ventura, and the Ventura County Watershed Protection District. These partners work together under the Ventura Countywide National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit (Permit), issued by the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board and adopted by the State Water Resources Control Board under the Clean Water Act.
The first stormwater permit for Ventura County was adopted in 1994 and included all ten cities, the County, and the Watershed Protection District. On July 27, 2000 a second permit was adopted that included logical and incremental increases in the requirements. That five-year permit was on administrative extension until May 7, 2009, when Board Order 09-0057 was adopted. Shortly after adoption of that permit the Regional Board rescinded it to hold a new adoption hearing. On July 8, 2010 Order No. R4-2010-0108 was adopted with minor changes. The 2010 Permit had a new set of implementation deadlines associated with it and replaced the order adopted in 2009 in its entirety. This Permit expired on July 8, 2015, but is on administrative extension until a new Permit is adopted.
Enhance, protect and preserve water quality in Ventura County water bodies using proactive and innovative ideas for preservation of biodiversity, ecological viability and human health. Work as a countywide team with public agencies, private enterprise, the environmental community and the general public to locally implement Clean Water Act requirements, balancing the actions taken with social and economic constraints.