OC Watershed

OC Watersheds is a division in the Orange County Public Works department that coordinates watershed planning efforts, collects water quality, hydrologic, and meteorological data, develops large-scale water quality projects, reduces pollutants in local waterbodies, and ensures countywide compliance with state and federal water quality regulations. For additional information on the drought, including turf removal rebate program, visit overwateringisout.org.

Mission Statement

To develop regional management strategies to preserve, protect, and enhance coastal resources and surface waters throughout Orange County. A watershed approach considers the entire geographic area that a watercourse drains to address a broad range of issues.

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News ImageDecember 28, 2017  South OC Watershed Management Area Submits Stormwater Report

The "Report of Waste Discharge", prepared collaboratively with Riverside and San Diego Counties, initiates renewal of the regional permit which regulates stormwater runoff in the San Diego Regional Water Board's jurisdiction.

News ImageJuly 13, 2017  Orange County beaches earn A-grades and spot on Heal the Bay Honor RollThe Heal the Bay’s 2017 beach water quality reports shows 95% of Orange County’s 117 monitored beaches achieved A grades in summer dry weather, with Orange County earning 14 spots on the organization’s Honor Roll. The Heal the Bay report can be viewed here. For information about how OC Public Works’ Environmental Resources team is monitoring and improving beach water quality, visit http://www.ocwatersheds.com/ ( View PDF )