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Laguna Creek Watershed Council. Development of the Laguna Creek Watershed Management Action Plan & It’s Relevance to the Elk Grove Drainage Master Planning Process December 3, 2008. Laguna Creek Watershed Council. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • Laguna Creek Watershed CouncilDevelopment of the Laguna Creek Watershed Management Action Plan&Its Relevance to the Elk Grove Drainage Master Planning Process

    December 3, 2008

  • Laguna Creek Watershed CouncilMission: To protect and restore the many benefits Laguna Creek and neighboring waterways provide, including flood attenuation, fish and wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities, and open space. We seek to accomplish this mission by working cooperatively with all stakeholders in the watershed.

    History: Founded in 2002, non profit 501(c)3 status (pending), governed by Board of Directors, members include community residents, ranchers, developers, environmental advocates, city/county/state staffers. Open to anyone.

  • Municipal agencies with jurisdiction in the 65-sq mile watershed:

    City of Elk Grove City of Rancho Cordova Sacramento County City of Sacramento (small portion)

  • Watershed Management Action Plan Objectives Implement the mission of the Watershed Council by addressing vital watershed functions and values:

    Flood Control Water Quality Habitat Ecosystem Processes RecreationStewardship

  • Watershed Management Action Plan ComponentsDetailed watershed description and assessment findings historical setting, geography, hydrology, water quality, biological resources, etc. Watershed community the people and their connection to the resourceRegulatory and planning influences and policiesRecommended actionsPartnerships & fundingMeasuring performance and success

  • Chapter 6 Recommended Actions40+ actions sorted into 3 main categories:Implementation ProjectsExamples: Jack Hill Park Interpretive SignageArboretum Stream RestorationStewardship ProjectsBufferland Education ProgramPolicies, Practices, and Planning ActivitiesWater Use Efficiency Knowledge Transfer Strategy Develop Subwatershed Plans for Key TributariesAssess existing policies/codes to remove barriers

  • Why Recommend Policies, Practices, & Plans?Encourage restoration of areas that are degradedRequire protection of areas to prevent future degradationProvide additional information/data to fill knowledge gapsPromote watershed-based planning approachesRemove institutional barriers to new stormwater management approaches such as low impact development

  • What is a Watershed Approach in the Context of Stormwater Management?A holistic approach that considers all the contributing factors and impacted features in a watershed (ecological, community, etc.)A recognition that what happens on the land far from the waters edge can affect water quality, habitat, and aquatic and riparian life in the stream Address the sources of pollution, drainage and maintenance problems; move beyond addressing only the symptoms

  • What is a Watershed Approach in the Context of Stormwater Management?Integrate water quantity and quality controls to reduce volume and pollutant loading of small storm runoffUse green infrastructure and mimic the natural pre-development hydrologic condition whenever possible consistent with EPA policies and initiatives

  • Moving From Traditional Grey To Green

  • References for Further Reading

    DeKalb County, IL Stormwater Management Plan (2006) Green Infrastructure Web Site and Statement of Intent (April 2007) Academy of Sciences Report: Urban Stormwater Management in the U.S. (Fall 2008)

  • Check out the Draft Laguna CreekWatershed Management Action Plan

    An aerial perspective.What is Green Infrastructure?Green infrastructure is strategically planned and managed networks of natural lands, working landscapes and other open spaces that conserve ecosystem values and functions and provide associated benefits to human populations. Green Infrastructure is a concept originating in the U.S. in the mid-1990s that highlights the importance of the natural environment in decisions about land use planning.[EPA has extended the concept to apply to the management of SW runoff at the local level through the use of natural systems, or engineered systems that mimic natural systems, to treat polluted runoff.

    EPAs Green Infrastructure Web Site:Green infrastructure is an approach to wet weather management that is cost-effective, sustainable, and environmentally friendly. Green Infrastructure management approaches and technologies infiltrate, evapotranspire, capture and reuse stormwater to maintain or restore natural hydrologies. At the largest scale, the preservation and restoration of natural landscape features (such as forests, floodplains and wetlands) are critical components of green stormwater infrastructure. By protecting these ecologically sensitive areas, communities can improve water quality while providing wildlife habitat and opportunities for outdoor recreation. On a smaller scale, green infrastructure practices include rain gardens, porous pavements, green roofs, infiltration planters, trees and tree boxes, and rainwater harvesting for non-potable uses such as toilet flushing and landscape irrigation


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