Garrison Creek Native Habitat Restoration Project
The goal of the Oceanside Watershed Protection Program is to improve water quality in our local creeks, rivers, and the ocean, and comply with state and regional environmental regulations. This multi-faceted program is designed to achieve this goal by educating the community about pollution prevention practices. Targeted audiences for this program include industrial and commercial businesses, developers, municipal staff, residents, students, and teachers.
The Watershed Protection Program oversees the following tasks:
As a coastal community, Oceanside relies on clean water for its residents, healthy beaches, public safety, and a desirable environment for wildlife. When it rains, many of the pollutants that lurk on sidewalks, streets, parking lots, and yards wash down the storm drains, and into the nearest body of water. Unfortunately, storm drains do not filter water or debris and are not connected to the sewer system. So, any pollutant that flows into the storm drain system eventually ends up in our rivers, creeks and ocean.
Watershed Protection Program and Code Enforcement Staff actively investigate reports of landscape irrigation runoff, illegal dumping and other storm drain pollution concerns. Residents and business are encouraged to report any incidents of stormwater pollution at once to help protect water quality and public health in Oceanside.
To report an Illicit Discharge, Illegal Dumping, irrigation runoff or any other stormwater related concern, call Customer Care, our urban runoff hotline, at (760) 435-4500 firstname.lastname@example.org. After hours, holidays and on weekends, these calls are answered through the Oceanside Police Department.
Alternatively, the County of San Diego Department of Environmental Health responds to complaints at (888) 846-0800. This hotline is answered Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and provides a voice mail message for 24-hour public access in both English and Spanish.
Oceanside residents, businesses, and developers can work together to change a few habits that will benefit our health, our families, and our community. Remember, you are the solution to storm water pollution.
The City of Oceanside is developing a wetland enhancement design for the Loma Alta Slough located between Coast Highway and Pacific Street. The purpose of the project is to expand coastal wetland habitat and improve public access through trails and educational signage.
The City has released the project’s draft Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration for public review to comply with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Public comments will be accepted from Monday March 15, 2021 to Wednesday April 14 at 5PM. Please visit the City’s Environmental Documents page to access documentation and for instructions on how to submit comments.
City staff hosted a public webinar for the project on September 17, 2020. The virtual meeting included information from the project Feasibility Study and presentation on the preferred wetland restoration site design. Updates were provided on the project schedule, including information on how to submit public comments on the project’s forthcoming CEQA document. Please use the links below to access the project Feasibility Study, a recording of the virtual meeting and the presentation slides.
The City welcomes ongoing feedback on this integrative habitat enhancement project. If you have input for this project, please submit an interactive Comment Card found at the link below. For additional information, please contact the Project Manager, Justin Gamble at (760)-435-5093 or email@example.com.