Resource Management Agency
1441 Schilling Place
Salinas, CA 93901
Monday through Friday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Although every effort is made to provide complete and accurate information on this website and all its documents, users are advised to contact applicable County Resource Management Agency staff before making project decisions and fee estimates.
ASBS Dischargers that continue to operate storm drain systems under the exception are required to monitor the quality of runoff that enters the ASBS to ensure that it does not alter natural ocean water quality. Ocean water was also monitored through two winters to characterize the natural ocean water quality which discharges are expected to maintain. The County is a participating member of the Central Coast Regional ASBS Dischargers Monitoring Program that performs the water quality monitoring that is required under the Exception.
Because Monterey County operates storm drain systems that discharge into Carmel Bay ASBS and are regulated under its Phase II Municipal General Permit, the County is required to eliminate discharges of any pollutant that affect natural ocean water quality in Carmel Bay. The County is developing an ASBS Compliance Plan that describes the actions the County will employ to maintain natural ocean water quality. Properties that are located in areas that drain to the Carmel Bay ASBS are regulated under the ASBS program - these areas are identified on the County's ASBS Watershed Protection Area Maps. Specifically, weekly inspections of active construction projects are required in these areas throughout the rainy season. Additional requirements will be developed as the extent of pollutants that discharge into Carmel Bay are quantified and become more clearly understood. If actions that the County employs are ineffective at maintaining natural ocean water quality, additional measures will be required to effectively eliminate pollutant discharges.