National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System discharge permits for regulated MS4s require permittees to develop a Storm Water Management Plan, which describes the stormwater control practices that will be implemented consistent with permit requirements to minimize the discharge of pollutants.
Documenting stormwater control practices and reporting to the Regional Water Quality Control Board is a complex and arduous process for each permittee. The Contra Costa Clean Water Program initiated a GIS pilot project to streamline and standardize information management and reporting using ArcGIS Online technologies. The Alameda County Clean Water Program in close collaboration with the Contra Costa Clean Water Program has leveraged the tools and methods as well. As a result, 45 permittees (cities and counties) are using common GIS tools and methods that result in greater consistency of information across both counties, standardized reporting, data management practices, and a framework for expanded program capabilities.
This presentation will present the challenges and benefits associated with deploying cloud-based GIS tools to a large group of diverse agencies. Future directions expanding the capabilities will be presented.