San Diego International Airport is responsible for administering approximately 661
acres of public lands on the shore of San Diego Bay. The Storm Water Management
Plan is a major element of the Airport's commitment to preventing, eliminating,
and reducing the discharge of polluted storm water into the surrounding environment
and San Diego Bay. The Stormwater Management Plan is directed at those activities
of the Airport Authority itself, as well as those of the airlines and other airport
tenants, that have the potential to cause stormwater pollution.
The Storm Water Management Plan is designed to control the pollutants generated
by everyday operation of the airport, including: trash, litter and debris; petroleum
products that might leak from aircraft and motor vehicles; heavy metals potentially
contained in the dust from brake pads, rubber tires, engine exhaust; and the fertilizers
and pesticides used to maintain the airport's landscape and facilities.
The Environmental Affairs Department is responsible for ensuring implementation
of the Storm Water Management Plan. The Environmental Affairs Department also works
with the Airport Facilities Maintenance Department and the Facilities Development
Department to make sure that the airport stormwater conveyance system is clean and
operational. The Environmental Affairs Department is responsible for monitoring
the quality of stormwater runoff from the Airport. In addition, the Department is
responsible for the preparation of the Annual Reports.
Development and Construction
Recently, the regulations and permits related to stormwater management and control
have required that best management practices (BMPs) be designed into new development
and redevelopment projects. Throughout San Diego County, new development and redevelopment
projects of particular types and sizes must be designed in accordance with what
are known of locally as the “SUSMP” (Standard Urban Stormwater Mitigation
Plan) requirements. At the San Diego International Airport, Airport Authority and
tenant projects that meet the project type and size criteria must be developed in
accordance with the Airport Authority's SUSMP.
To discuss the applicability of these requirements to your project, please call
619-400-2782 or email the Environmental Affairs department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Federal and state stormwater regulations have recently begun to focus on fostering
more coordinated efforts among permitted entities to control regional impacts on
local water bodies. Sitting on the shore of San Diego Bay, with stormwater runoff
from the San Diego International Airport flowing into the Bay, the Airport Authority
is working with the Port of San Diego, the County of San Diego, and the cities of
Chula Vista, Coronado, Imperial Beach, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, National City, and
San Diego to control the stormwater pollutants being generated daily within the
415 square mile San Diego Bay watershed. For additional information on these regional
efforts, please visit the Project Clean Water web page for the San Diego Bay watershed.
Storm Water Annual Reports
The Industrial Activities Annual Report is submitted by July 1 of each year and
describes the activities conducted to control stormwater discharges associated with
industrial activities. The Municipal Activities Annual Report is submitted by January
31 of each year and describes the activities conducted to control stormwater discharges
associated with municipal activities.
On January 1, 2003, the Authority became the new owner and operator of SDIA, a role
previously held by the Port of San Diego. Due to this transfer of responsibility,
the Airport Authority was required to obtain it's own coverage under the appropriate
permits and prepare the associated documentation required as part of the National
Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program of the Clean Water
This Storm Water Management Plan (SWMP) was prepared by the Airport Authority in
accordance with the requirements of two NPDES storm water permits:
- State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) Water Quality Order No. 97-03-DWQ, NPDES General Permit No. CAS000001, Waste
Discharge Requirements for Discharges of Storm Water Associated with Industrial
Activities Excluding Construction Activities, referred to in this document as the
General Industrial Storm Water Permit; and
- California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Diego Region (RWQCB), Order No. 2001-01, NPDES
No. CAS0108758, Waste Discharge Requirements for Discharges of Urban Runoff from
the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) Draining the Watersheds of the
County of San Diego (County), the Incorporated Cities of San Diego County, and the
Port, referred to in this document as the San Diego Municipal Permit.
Pursuant to these permits, the Storm Water Management Plan serves as a Storm Water
Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) in terms of the General Industrial Storm Water
Permit and a Jurisdictional Urban Runoff Management Program (URMP) Document in terms
of the San Diego Municipal Permit. In general, this document is a written account
of the overall program to be conducted by the Airport Authority to comply with the
requirements of these storm water permits.