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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Events

August 3, 2017
2:30 PMSouth Orange County WMA Executive Committee MeetingMeeting discusses regional water resource issues in southern Orange County. It seeks to integrate and maximize the public benefit in five inter-related focus areas: water quality, water supply, water conservation, flood protection, and habitat.
September 20, 2017
1:30 PMNewport Bay Watershed Executive Committee MeetingThis meeting is to discuss water resource issues in Central Orange County.
November 2, 2017
2:30 PMSouth Orange County WMA Executive Committee MeetingMeeting discusses regional water resource issues in southern Orange County. It seeks to integrate and maximize the public benefit in five inter-related focus areas: water quality, water supply, water conservation, flood protection, and habitat.
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Latest News

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.

News ImageMarch 2, 2017  Transitional Monitoring and Assessment Report for South Orange County
On January 31st, 2017, the Orange County Stormwater Program, on behalf of the municipal stormwater permittees of south Orange County, submitted a transitional monitoring and assessment report covering the period of October 1, 2015, through September 30, 2016. See the following link for access to the report:
http://www.ocwatersheds.com/gov/pw/watersheds/documents/monitoring_and_assessment_reports.asp