5.8 Capital Improvement Program

The capital improvement program identified below includes projects that will progress the District toward achieving its various goals for the subwatershed.  Regulation – including more stringent regulation on phosphorus loading than is now allowed under the existing rules – along with the BMP allocation to the cities is expected to accomplish much of the phosphorus load reduction required to maintain water quality in the bays and lakes that currently meet water quality goals.  Where lakes or bays do not meet those goals, capital projects may be required.   Capital projects may also be required to achieve other goals in the subwatershed.  This program is not a comprehensive list of all capital needs or potential projects within the subwatershed, and is limited by available financial resources and staff capacity to manage projects.  These priority projects are intended to:

  • Achieve nutrient load reductions to prevent future listing as Impaired Waters that require TMDL studies.
  • Begin addressing the historic loss of wetlands in the subwatershed through restoration of degraded or drained wetlands.
  • Mitigate the impacts of future development on downstream resources.