California state water officials have adopted new rules that require developers to reduce polluted storm water runoff from their developments.
These requirements direct cities to approve developments that use techniques such as filtering and improving stream stability to minimize impacts to water quality. The rules apply to developments that create impervious surfaces such as roads, roofs and parking lots.
In September, the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board unanimously adopted the rules, which will go into effect a year from now to allow cities to prepare for them. The water board convened a stakeholder advisory committee to develop the new rules, and this panel will report back to the water board in a year to update it on progress toward implementation.