Regulatory Plans, Programs and Reports


The City of Oceanside Watershed Protection Program (WPP) utilizes management plans that guide how the City will improve water quality in local rivers, creeks, lagoons, sloughs and the Pacific Ocean (surface waters). These plans are required to be revised after the issuance of new regulatory permits by the California Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB). On May 8, 2013 a new permit was issued to the City of Oceanside as well as 20 other jurisdictions and agencies in San Diego County. This permit is titled the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit and Waste Discharge Requirements of Discharges from the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4s) Draining the Watersheds Within the San Diego Region. An abbreviation for this permit is 2013 MS4 Permit. Click here for a link to the RWQCB webpage with 2013 MS4 Permit information.

As a result of the 2013 MS4 Permit being issued, the City of Oceanside has developed a Jurisdictional Runoff Management Program (JRMP) and two watershed Water Quality Improvement Plans (WQIPs), one for the San Luis Rey River Watershed Management Area (WMA) and one for the Carlsbad WMA. Select the links below to access the JRMP and WQIPs. For more information about these documents and to obtain GIS shape files for maps shown in the JRMP and WQIPs please contact Justin Gamble, Environmental Officer, by phone at (760) 435-5093 or by email

Jurisdictional Runoff Management Plan (JRMP)

The City of Oceanside’s JRMP is a written set of procedures and policies, as well as the physical implementation of those policies, that are designed to prevent polluted water and other debris from entering its Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) also known as the storm drain system. Once polluted runoff enters the storm drain system, it can reach local surface waters with the potential of negatively impacting human health, wildlife and habitats. Storm drain systems do not lead to a treatment facility, like sewage water goes to sewage treatment plants.  

The JRMP is a dynamic plan that is adapted over time to reflect the City’s proactive approach to protecting and improving surface water quality and municipal stormwater pollution prevention. Watershed management and pollution prevention strategies of the City’s JRMP are closely aligned with the priority water quality conditions described in the Carlsbad and San Luis Rey Water Quality Improvement Plans (found below). After new programmatic strategies were implemented to further improve water quality in the City, the JRMP was updated in Fiscal Year 2021-2022. Select the links below to view the Oceanside JRMP.

City of Oceanside JRMP Document (2022 Update)

 GIS Data Files

Water Quality Improvement Plans (WQIPs)

The Water Quality Improvement Plans (WQIPs) are an overarching plan to implement programs with other agencies that have jurisdiction within one watershed management area (WMA). The City of Oceanside has jurisdiction in two WMAs: San Luis Rey River and Carlsbad. You can find a copy of each plan on the Carlsbad WQIP and San Luis Rey WQIP pages on the Project
Clean Water

Basin Plan

The Water Quality Control Plan for the San Diego Basin (Basin Plan) is designed to preserve and enhance water quality and protect the beneficial uses of all receiving waters in San Diego County. The WQIPs (mentioned above) are designed to protect and restore the beneficial uses of various water bodies within a WMA. Examples of beneficial uses include, but are not limited to:

  • Contact Water Recreation
  • Wildlife Habitat
  • Rare, threatened, or endangered species, and
  • Municipal Water Supply

Click here for a link to the San Diego Basin Plan.

Learn how you can help to protect water quality in local surface waters by clicking here. This will direct you to the home page of the Clean Water Program where you can then navigate to other webpages that will educate you about preventing pollution from reaching our local waterways. 

Report any water running in the street when it is not raining or someone dumping something in the storm drain or curb and gutter by calling the
Urban Runoff Hotline at (760) 435-4500.