Santa Margarita River Watershed Protection Program
The Santa Margarita River Watershed flows into the Santa Margarita River, passing through southwest portion of Riverside County (including areas of the Cities of Menifee, Murrieta, Wildomar, and unincorporated County of Riverside, and all of the City of Temecula) into San Diego County.
Stormwater runoff from these areas collects into Murrieta and Temecula creeks and combines to form the Santa Margarita River in Temecula. The Santa Margarita River flows through the “Gorge” and into San Diego County where it flows past Camp Pendleton into the Santa Margarita Lagoon at the Pacific Ocean. The Santa Margarita ‘Region’ is the portion of the Watershed that is within Riverside County.
The Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation District is a copermittee under the San Diego Water Board Regional MS4 Permit and is the identified lead agency for the Santa Margarita River Watershed Management Area.
Benefit Assessments are apportioned on the basis of proportionate stormwater runoff generated by each parcel. This method of assessment is consistent with State law and the District Act. The amount of benefit is computed based on parcel size (acreage) and use classification. The fee is referenced on property tax bills as “FLDCNTL Stormwater/clean water.”
For questions regarding the Stormwater Benefit Assessment Fees, please contact the Riverside County Flood Control & Water Conservation District at: 951-955-1200.