The San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board’s executive officer has approved a $430,851 settlement agreement with the city of Encinitas for violations of storm water requirements that led to sediment pollution in Rossini Creek, a tributary of the San Elijo Lagoon.As is customary at the City of Encinitas, no one in city management has been held accountable.
The San Elijo Lagoon is a designated natural preserve by the State Park and Recreation Commission and is a federally listed impaired water body for damage to the salt marshes caused by excess sedimentation and silt.
Encinitas and its contractor, USS Cal Builders, Inc. failed to prevent pollutants at the Encinitas Community Park from entering storm water runoff during storm events in December 2012 and March 2013.
The polluted runoff resulted in part because of a failure to implement adequate management practices during construction and the city’s failure to properly oversee the construction project. The statewide construction storm water permit and the San Diego Water Board’s municipal storm water permit require management of sediment during construction to avoid the type of discharges that occurred from the project. The maximum penalty for the violations could have been $2.7 million.
“The mismanagement at this construction site was really unexpected given the level of experience of both the contractor and the city of Encinitas,” said Chiara Clemente, the Water Board’s enforcement coordinator.
Thursday, June 4, 2015
Water Board approves $430,851 fine for city stormwater construction mismanagement
Water Board press release: