The Environmental Monitoring Division of OC Watersheds is responsible for the implementation of a wide array of programs designed to monitor the status of the surface water environment in Orange County. The Division is comprised of the following two Sections:
Environmental Data Management Section
The Environmental Data Management Section manages monitoring, hydrologic, and Geographical Information System (GIS) data and provides Orange County rainfall information for the latest as well as historic storm events. This unit also manages a network of rainfall and stream gauge stations located throughout Orange County which comprise the Automated Local Evaluation in Real Time (ALERT) system.
Monitoring Programs Section
This Section is responsible for implementing environmental monitoring programs required by the areawide municipal stormwater permits issued to the County and cities of Orange County by the Santa Ana and San Diego Regional Water Boards, otherwise known as "municipal separate storm sewer system" or "MS4" permits. This unit also supports monitoring required by Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs), the development and implementation of special monitoring studies, and participation in regional monitoring efforts such as the Stormwater Monitoring Coalition (SMC) and the Southern California Bight program.
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