Salinity Management Guide
National Water Research Institute
Southwest Membrane Operator Association
Multi-State Salinity Coalition

Salinity Management Plan Implementation Workshop, San Diego Region

SCSC WorkshopOctober 6, 2009

San Diego County Water Authority (San Diego, CA)


  • San Diego County Water Authority
  • Regional Water Quality Board, San Diego Region
  • Southern California Salinity Coalition (SCSC)


California’s State Water Resources Control Board adopted a statewide “Recycled Water Policy” on February 3, 2009, to establish uniform requirements for the use of recycled water.

As part of this effort, the Policy requires the development of salinity management plans to: (1) assess water quality and salinity loads within each groundwater basin, and (2) identify and evaluate strategies for achieving compliance with Basin Plan water quality objectives and protecting beneficial uses.

A “Salinity Management Plan Implementation Workshop” was held on October 6, 2009, to discuss salinity management issues within the San Diego Region. Objectives of the workshop included:

  • Discussing benefits of water and recycled water agency involvement in salinity management planning in the San Diego Region.

  • Discussing a proposed regional approach for supporting the development of salinity management plans within the San Diego region.

  • Identifying required follow-up actions to refine and implement the selected approach.

This event was designed for water and wastewater agencies in the San Diego region. 


Workshop Summary

A 27-page meeting summary (PDF) is now available that includes a workshop overview, discussion of presentations, stakeholder input, and next steps.   To download the summary, please click here.


Speaker Presentations

"Recycled Water Policy Intent" by Mary Grace Pawson, Legislative and Regulatory Committee, WateReuse California

"Regional Board Perspective on Salinity Management Planning" by Julie Chan, San Diego Regional Water
Quality Control Board

"Salinity Management Planning - Historical Perspective, Current Overview" by Michael Welch, Consulting Engineer

"Salinity Management Planning - SAWPA Experience" by Jeff Beehler, Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority (SAWPA)

"Orange County's Experience with Salinity Management" by Greg Woodside, Orange County Water District