Water Quality Monitoring Programs

Under various state and regional regulations, the Oceanside Clean Water Program is required to monitor the water quality of our rivers, creeks, and ocean and the runoff that goes into these waters.

Urban Runoff Monitoring

In order to monitor the effects of urban runoff discharges to our rivers, creeks, and the ocean, storm drain outfalls are monitored regularly to see if any water is discharging to the water bodies. If so, the runoff is tested for a variety of pollutants.  If the results indicate a problem, an investigation upstream in the storm drain system is conducted to find the source of the pollution and stop it.

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.

Receiving Water Monitoring

The rivers, creeks and beaches are also monitored regularly to ensure that water quality is sufficient to support a variety of beneficial uses, such as the beach for swimming, rivers and lakes for fishing, and lagoons and riverbeds for providing healthy habitat for birds and other wildlife.

Your help is needed to ensure our water bodies stay clean and healthy to support all of the beneficial uses in our City. Log on to www.OceansideCleanWaterProgram.org to learn what you can do prevent polluted runoff and improve water quality in our rivers, creeks, and ocean.