The proposed project would include the District (Applicant) working collaboratively with other regional partners on the Regional Harbor Monitoring Program (RHMP) to evaluate the status and trends of water, sediments, and aquatic life in the region's harbors, including San Diego Bay. In 2003, under § 13225 of the CA Water Code, the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board issued a requirement to the District, Cities of San Diego and Oceanside (Cities), and the County of Orange (County) to coordinate and develop a RHMP to assess conditions and trends in the quality of water, sediments, and aquatic life in San Diego Bay, Mission Bay, Oceanside Harbor, and Dana Point Harbor. As a result, the District, Cities, and County have been working cooperatively to effectively and efficiently develop and implement the RHMP. Water and sediment monitoring and sampling that would occur as a part of the RHMP would provide data to evaluate the status and trends in water and sediments in the region’s harbors, including San Diego Bay, via measurements in areas such as but not limited to: chemistry, toxicity, benthic community analyses, and biodiversity. As a part of the project, the District would also enter into an MOU with the Cities and County, which would enable the agencies to continue to share consultant costs related to project planning, monitoring, data analysis, and reporting.