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Stormwater Program
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The Storm Water Protection Program is part of a statewide effort to protect our rivers, and other natural water bodies from pollution, minimization of polluted urban runoff, and the reduction of paved areas to allow natural drainage of urban runoff into the City’s storm drain system. It is regulated by the State Water Resources Control Board through Order No. 2013-0001-DWG which was adpoted in 2013.

Improving the water quality is the ultimate goal of the storm water permit. The Enviornment Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that urabn runoff is one of the main sources of pollution for surface waters. Surface waters include rain that is collected in the storm drain system. The extensive drainage system begins at our homes and businesses, and then flows into the streets, gutters, catch basins, curb inlets, pipes, channels, streams and rivers, eventually reaching the Salton Sea. In other words, as water flows downhill, we as a community must live and do business differently, by considering how our actuons affect water quality when it rains and when it does not.

Contact Us

Hotline: 760-337-3177
Construction/Engineering: 760-337-5182

To report an illegal discharge or to ask questions:

Call the City of El Centro Storm Water Protection Program at 760-337-3177, between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, Friday 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (alternate Friday’s City Hall is closed). Complaints can also be made by Email to

Storm Water Program:

(Ordinance Chapter 22, Article VII)
Jurisdictional Runoff Management Plan (JRMP)
Appendix A
Appendix B (coming soon)
Appendix C
Appendix D
Appendix E
Appendix F 
Appendix G (coming soon)   
Appendix H (coming soon)

Support documents for JRMP, Appendix A, Attachment 1

City of El Centro Post-Construction Storm Water Best Management Practice Standards Manual for Development Projects.

WQMP Template
Sample WQMO
Sample O&M Plan (a part of the WQMP)
State Calculator Spreadsheet Instructional Guide .pdf
State Calculator Spreadsheet (El Centro) .xls
Post-Construction Calculation Table.xls

Storm Water Forms:
Erosion Control Plan Review Checklist
Construction Inspection Form
Minor Construction BMP Certification
City of El Centro Maintenance Agreement

Residential Storm Water Literature:
How to Prevent Storm Water Pollution

Additional Links:
State Water Resources Control Board

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