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LA Sanitation Secures Safe Clean Water Program Funding for Four Regional Multi-Benefit Projects
LA Sanitation Secures Safe Clean Water Program Funding for Four Regional Multi-Benefit Projects Image

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.”

 

 

So what are these upcoming projects?

With the Board’s approval, LASAN will be moving forward to develop the following four regional projects:

  • MacArthur Lake Rehabilitation Project – A $20 million project plans to rehabilitate the lake at MacArthur Park by capturing, storing and treating stormwater for beneficial use at the park, enabling the collected and treated stormwater to offset potable water use for lake fill and irrigation, while also providing for downstream water quality benefits in the Ballona Creek watershed. The project incorporates nature-based solutions that will enhance the park and foster significant community benefits. The nature-based technologies will include biofiltration, bioswales, lake habitat restoration, and the incorporation of wetlands enhancements.
  • Lankershim Boulevard Local Area Urban Flow Management Project – A $25.6 million project located in the Upper LA River watershed will provide water quality improvements and flood mitigation with the installation of dry wells, parkway planters and vegetated medians along a portion of Lankershim Blvd. in Sun Valley. This project has the potential to capture 36 million gallons of water annually, create a more walkable neighborhood and reduce the heat island effect in the community.
  • Oro Vista Local Area Urban Flow Management Project – A $10.2 million project located in the Upper LA River watershed will reduce flood hazards along a portion of Oro Vista Avenue in Sunland. This project has the potential to capture 9.5 million gallons of stormwater runoff annually and installs more than 3,300 square feet of infiltration planters with California natives.
  • Wilmington Q Street Local Urban Area Flow Management Project – A $4.9 million project located in the South Santa Monica Bay watershed will modernize existing storm drain infrastructure and improve the aesthetic character of a portion of Q Street in Wilmington into a “green street” functioning to capture, treat, retain and infiltrate stormwater flows.

 

Words from the LASAN Director and General Manager

“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 Board’s Evaluation

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.

Want to learn more about the City of Los Angeles Safe Clean Water Program? Sign up to receive e-mail updates and email us at lastormwater@lacity.org!

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