Loading...
Skip to main content
The Safe Clean Water Program – Creating a Sustainable and Livable LA
The Safe Clean Water Program – Creating a Sustainable and Livable LA Image

Water and summer fun go hand in hand – a family trip to the beach with children frolicking in the waves, a group of cyclists riding past a family of ducks swimming in the Los Angeles River, an older couple enjoying a leisurely Sunday-afternoon ride on one of Echo Park Lake’s iconic pedal boats.

 

Improving water quality for Angelenos during LA’s hottest season is a core goal of the Safe Clean Water Program – Los Angeles County’s $285 million annual program, which was approved by voters in 2018. LA Sanitation and Environment is proud to be leading the City of Los Angeles’ effort to develop and build a complementary municipal Safe Clean Water Program to create a sustainable and livable future for LA.

 

From Santa Clarita to San Pedro, from Malibu to Monrovia, the Safe Clean Water Program (Program) is a game changer for Southern California and its ongoing challenges of reducing its dependency on imported water, improving regional water quality and meeting federal Clean Water Act mandates. The Program provides local, dedicated funding for the development and construction of multi-benefit projects that feature nature-based solutions to increase LA’s local water supply, improve water quality and protect public health.

 

Throughout spring and early summer, the Safe Clean Water Program’s Scoring Committee, nine Watershed Area Steering Committees (or WASCs) and Regional Oversight Committee scored and evaluated the proposed 58 infrastructure projects, 21 technical program requests and seven scientific studies requests submitted during LA County’s Regional Round 1 Call for Projects in December 2019. The result of this review process was the development of Stormwater Investment Plans (or SIPs) for fiscal year 2020-21 for each of LA’s nine watersheds. The SIPs included 41 infrastructure projects, 18 technical program requests and four scientific studies.

 

The City of Los Angeles has a number of regional projects and one scientific study included in the 2020-21 SIPs. They include the following:

  • MacArthur Lake Rehabilitation Project – This $20 million project located in the Central Santa Monica Bay watershed will rehabilitate MacArthur Lake by increasing and enhancing the scale of natural services provided by this historic cultural monument located in LA’s Westlake community. It will remove pollutants from a 216-acre watershed, has the potential to capture more than 42 million gallons of water annually, and creates new recreational opportunities for the community through improvements that also support riparian ecosystems and wildlife.
  • Oro Vista Avenue Local Area Urban Flow Management Network Project  – This $10.2 million project located in the Upper LA River watershed will reduce flood hazards along a portion of Oro Vista Avenue in Sunland, enhance safety for motorists and pedestrians and improve access that might otherwise be impeded during large rain events. 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.
  • Lankershim Boulevard Local Area Urban Flow Management Network Project – This $25.6 million project located in the Upper LA River watershed will provide water quality improvements and flood mitigation through the installation of 52 dry wells, 232 parkway planters and 15 vegetated medians along 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.
  • Wilmington Q Street Local Urban Area Flow Management Project  – This $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.
  • Valley Village Park Stormwater Capture Project  – This $6 million project will construct an infiltration facility capable of capturing 148 million gallons of stormwater flow in a 24-hour period from a 455-acre area.
  • Strathern Park North Stormwater Capture Project – This $18.4 million project will construct an infiltration facility at Strathern Park North in North Hollywood capable of capturing 11 million gallons of stormwater flow in a 24-hour period from a 485-acre area.
  • Fernangeles Park Stormwater Capture Project – This $16.4 million project will construct an infiltration facility at Fernangeles Recreation Center in Sun Valley capable of capturing eight million gallons of stormwater flow in a 24-hour period from a 292-acre area.
  • Echo Park Lake Rehabilitation Project Operations and Maintenance  – This $400,000 allocation will provide much-needed funding for the operation and maintenance of Echo Park Lake, a Proposition O-funded project located in the Upper LA River watershed.
  • Wet Weather Zinc Recalculation Study – This scientific study will evaluate zinc toxicity in various watersheds to support attainment of water quality objectives.

On the municipal side, the City of LA’s Safe Clean Water Program is taking shape.

 

In late spring, the City of LA approved its Safe Clean Water Program ordinance that identified municipal seat representatives who will serve on the applicable WASCs, created special program accounts and established the program’s administrative oversight committee (or AOC), which is tasked with overseeing the City’s Safe Clean Water Program. The AOC held its first meeting on August 27. You may subscribe to receive the Measure W – Safe Clean Water AOC agendas. The City’s 2020-21 Annual Plan, which outlines how Los Angeles will allocate its municipal disbursement, will be reviewed by the Board of Public Works later this month.

 

The next steps for the Safe Clean Water Program include the following:

  • LA County Board of Supervisors will review the nine watershed SIPs, which include the Round 1 Regional Projects, in late September.
  • LA County’s Regional Round 2 Call for Projects deadline is October 15. City representatives are currently reviewing and finalizing feasibility reports for several possible regional projects.
  • The County of Los Angeles and City of Los Angeles will execute the municipal transfer agreements, which will allow municipal disbursements to flow to LA City, before the end of 2020.
  • The County of Los Angeles and City of Los Angeles will execute transfer agreements for all of the approved regional projects by the end of 2020.

 

If you would like to learn more about the City’s Safe Clean Water Program, please visit LA Sanitation and Environment’s website. And, if you would like to receive periodic updates on the City of Los Angeles’ Safe Clean Water Program and its projects, please sign up here.

Share
Comments(0)
Comments has been closed for this post.