Poor Erosion Control Costs San Diego $3.2 Million

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By Carolyn Whetzel

San Diego will spend $3.2 million to restore waterways and fund other water pollution control programs under a settlement with regional regulators.

The settlement, approved by the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board Aug. 9, resolves allegations that the city for nearly five years failed to ensure construction sites took steps to prevent erosion from entering waterways. The city failed to implement and enforce water quality ordinances to keep loose sediment out of local streams and coastal lagoons, the water board said.

Terms of the settlement allow the city to use half of the penalty amount on four restoration projects in the region and pay another $1.6 million into a state fund to clean up water pollution. City inspectors had been poorly trained in erosion control and failed to take enforcement actions, David Gibson, the water board’s executive officer said in a written statement.

During the settlement negotiations, the city has taken steps to correct internal deficiencies, increased the number of properly trained inspectors, and improved communication and coordination among departments overseeing construction activities, he said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Carolyn Whetzel in Los Angeles at cwhetzel@bna.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Rachael Daigle at rdaigle@bna.com

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A copy of the settlement agreement is available at http://src.bna.com/rxJ

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