LOS ANGELES, CA (February 28, 2020)— Council District 2, LA Sanitation and the Environment (LASAN), and the LA Department of Water and Power hosted a groundbreaking for the Ben and Victory Storm Water Infrastructure Project yesterday afternoon at the intersection of Ben Avenue and Victory Blvd.
The drainage area is bounded by Laurel Canyon Boulevard to the west, Vanowen Street to the north, Radford Avenue to the East, and Victory Boulevard to the south. The project will construct catch basins along the gutter to capture storm water runoff. These catch basins will separate sediment and pollutants before draining to dry wells. The drywells infiltrate storm water into the ground about 40-feet deep and replenish into the San Fernando Groundwater Aquifer. Rain gardens in the parkway help slow, filter, and infiltrate storm water runoff.
“This critical project will help to achieve my goal of reducing LA’s dependence on imported water and recharging the vitally important San Fernando Valley aquifer,” said Councilmember Paul Krekorian.
“Projects like these are necessary as part of our climate change and water resiliency plans,” said Enrique C. Zaldivar, LASAN Executive Director and General Manager. “The Ben and Victory Storm Water Infrastructure Project will help mitigate climate change by diverting water from our streets during severe storms and reduce potential flooding hazards. In times of severe droughts, the water infiltrated into the ground will be a source of water supply.”
“LA Sanitation and the Department of Public Works listened to the needs of local business leaders like Lilit Bakery, and in solving their challenges, we are also able to more globally address water quality and the replenishment of the groundwater here in the Valley,” said Vice-President Aura Garcia, Los Angeles Board of Public Works.
“It’s been said that stormwater is ‘free liquid gold.’ That’s why local stormwater capture projects like this at Ben and Victory Blvds are so important to preventing that precious resource from flowing out to sea,” said LADWP General Manager and Chief Engineer, Martin L. Adams. “Together with our City and County partners, we have initiated a number of multi-beneficial green infrastructure projects around the city of L.A to help meet our goal of doubling our stormwater capture capacity from 21 billion to 49 billion gallons by 2035. Projects like this are what developing a sustainable local water supply is all about.”
LASAN is the owner of the project and will be responsible for project maintenance. Numerous funding partners came together to make this project possible, including the LA Department of Water and Power, Proposition O funds distributed by the Bureau of Engineering, and Community Redevelopment Bond funds distributed by the Economic Workforce Development Department.
Completion of the project is scheduled for December 2020.
About LA Sanitation and EnvironmentAs the lead agency for the City’s environmental programs and initiatives, Sanitation protects public health and the environment through the administration and management of three program areas: Clean Water (Wastewater), Solid Resources (Solid Waste Management) and Watershed Protection (Stormwater). These infrastructure programs collect, treat, dispose and recycle the solid and liquid waste generated by the nation’s second largest city of more than four million residents. Through these essential Public Works programs, Sanitation delivers a triple bottom line of economic, environmental and social benefits that sustain quality of life in Los Angeles.
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