LA Sanitation and Environment (LASAN) is pleased to announce four LASAN multi-benefit stormwater capture projects were approved for Safe Clean Water Program funding at a Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting on October 13th, 2020!
Funded by Measure W, the special parcel tax approved by Los Angeles County voters in November 2018, the Safe Clean Water Program provides almost $285 million in local, dedicated funding countywide for projects that increase local water supplies, improve water quality, provide community enhancements and protect public health.
“A resilient Los Angeles is a place where we source water locally today so Angelenos can turn to the tap with certainty tomorrow,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “This first round of stormwater capture projects is a down payment on a stronger, more sustainable future — a county with better water quality for our communities, and a system that’s less prone to shocks from natural disasters and less reliant on distant resources increasingly threatened by the climate crisis.”
With the Board’s approval, LASAN will be moving forward to develop the following four regional projects:
“We are thrilled to secure Safe Clean Water Program funding during the inaugural Call for Projects issued by the County for the Safe Clean Water Program,” stated LASAN Director and General Manager Enrique C. Zaldivar. “These projects are important components of the City of Los Angeles’ overall vision to create more sustainable and livable communities by increasing our local water supplies, improving water quality, and providing community investments, such as green streets and nature based solutions to enhance the quality of life for Angelenos.”
The projects went through a rigorous and competitive evaluation through the County’s Safe Clean Water Program’s Regional Infrastructure Program review process to ensure the projects met the program goals and objectives. Watershed Area Steering Committees (WASCs), each comprised of representatives of cities, local agencies, and community stakeholders, analyzed the projects for consideration in watershed-based Stormwater Investment Plans (SIPs), while a Scoring Committee scored the projects’ benefits against the Safe Clean Water Program criteria. Ultimately, the watershed SIPs were reviewed by a Regional Oversight Committee to assess whether the projects proposed for funding in the SIPs met the overall program goals before forwarding to the Board of Supervisors for funding approval.
In addition to the four infrastructure projects receiving funding approval, the Board’s action also approved $400,000 in operations and maintenance (O&M) work for the Echo Park Lake Rehabilitation Project, a Proposition O-funded project located in the Upper LA River watershed. Funding approval in the amount of $410,000 was also received for a Special Study proposed by LASAN to evaluate zinc toxicity in the Los Angeles River and Ballona Creek watersheds. The findings of this evaluation may ultimately inform the type and placement of stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) and support attainment of water-quality requirements.
LA Sanitation is more than excited to begin these new projects to improve water quality and supplies, enhance the community, and protect public health.
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