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 ImageAugust 15, 2017  OCPW at Inner Coastal & Watershed Clean-Up DayA day for you, your family, and friends to make a difference andhelp clean up the Santa Ana River before the trash reaches the beach. Sept 16, 2017, 8:30 am - Noon ( View PDF )
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 )

News ImageApril 11, 2017  Proposed South Orange County Water Quality Improvement Plan Submitted

Proposed Water Quality Improvement Plan (WQIP) for South Orange County to undergo 30 day review and comment period.