A rundown and tentative schedule for supportive actions. Subject to change. Click the squares below to learn more.
The City of San Diego’s Transportation and Stormwater Department released a funding report detailing the major funding gaps and the need for a long-term funding strategy. San Diego Coastkeeper, our partners, and concerned community members attended the Environment Committee meeting and provided public comment. The committee voted to send a resolution, in favor of continuing the process of creating a long-term funding strategy, to the full council.
City Council passed the resolution to continue to evaluate the viability of a stormwater-related ballot measure or similar dedicated stormwater funding mechanism. San Diego Coastkeeper was part of over 40 public comments asking council members to cast their vote toward a future with clean water.
The Transportation and Stormwater Department will return to meet with City Council and report on the Clean Water, Flood-Safe Communities, and Community Revitalization Program. They will also recommend an appropriate funding mechanism to implement the program.
January 2022 (Tentative)
San Diego City Council will vote to approve a final funding mechanism.
November 2022 (Tentative)
San Diegans could see a funding initiative on their ballots.
How to Demand Clean Water
Sample Talking Points
We have listed some helpful talking points below, but feel free to use your own experiences to back up your position.
- My name is [First name Last name], and I live in [City Councilmember]‘s district.
- I believe our communities have a right to clean, safe water. The City must adequately invest in stormwater management that protects the public from pollution, flooding, and property damage.
- San Diego needs to capture and treat our stormwater. Toxic pollution threatens our neighborhoods and closes our beaches. We deserve clean, safe water to support our communities, economy, and recreation.
- Our aging stormwater infrastructure threatens our most vulnerable communities. Heavy rains flood our streets and pollute our neighborhoods. Sewage systems leak into nearby stormwater pipes and waterways. These are dangerous public health risks that disproportionately affect environmental justice and frontline communities.
- The City’s reports show a stormwater budget shortfall of over $1.4 billion dollars. We need clean, safe water for San Diego and a dedicated stormwater revenue source to address the shortfall.
- Stormwater solutions are climate solutions. We can clean our waters, reduce flooding, create local green jobs, address climate change, and increase safe and secure water supplies. Increased stormwater funding can turn a liability into a regional asset.
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