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Implementation Update August 2023

The Safe Clean Water Program funds stormwater initiatives that improve water quality, increase our local water supply, and provide community benefits, like green spaces and parks. The program cultivates regional and community partnerships and prioritizes historically underserved communities.

This newsletter provides important updates on the Regional, Municipal, and District Programs, designed to help our community stay informed and engaged. For further information on regional proposals, including those that are funded and under consideration, please visit our interactive portal. We remain dedicated to implementing and refining the Safe, Clean Water Program, continuously seeking input and feedback from our stakeholders. We value your opinions and welcome any comments or questions you may have. Please do not hesitate to contact us.

Key Dates to Know

REGIONAL PROGRAM

Stormwater Investment Plans

On August 8, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors awarded $130 million in Safe, Clean Water funding for 25 new infrastructure projects, 6 new scientific studies, 5 new feasibility studies, and 12 renewed contracts for dedicated watershed coordinators to continue liaising with communities and agencies to best increase the region’s water resiliency through multi-benefit projects. 

The suite of 126 approved and recommended Infrastructure Program Projects (new and continuing) represents over $1.4 billion invested through FY27-28 ($821M of SCW Regional Program dollars) and will:
• Capture stormwater from over 265,649 acres
• Provide an increase in total 24-hr storage capacity of 4,428 acre-feet for wet-weather Projects
• Provide an increase in annual average stormwater capture of 59,673 acre-feet
• Remove 47 acres of impervious area
• Reduce numerous pollutants and prioritize MS4 compliance
• Leverage over $624M in other funding
• Invest nearly $700M in projects benefiting Disadvantaged Communities
• Be implemented across 50 Municipalities
• Include additional benefits described in the following sections.

You may view the adopted Board Letter HERE.

Board Motion

On July 25, 2023, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a motion authored by Supervisor Horvath to Accelerate Implementation of the Safe Clean Water Program. You may view HERE

Regional Oversight Committee

The Regional Oversight Committee (ROC) will meet on August 31, 2023, from 1pm – 5pm. The ROC will discuss reports and data to date and the progress report outline for the first biennial Safe, Clean Water Program Progress Report. The public’s input and participation is greatly appreciated. For more information, please visit the ROC webpage HERE.

Please save the date for all remaining ROC meetings related to the Progress Report:

  • Data Review Meeting: 8/31/2023, 1pm-5pm – Present/discuss reports and data to date and the Progress Report outline & recommendations.
  • Draft Report Meeting: 10/5/2023, 1pm-5pm – Present/discuss the draft Progress Report & initiate public comment period.
  • Final Report Meeting: 12/7/2023, 1pm-5pm – Present/discuss final Progress Report before submission to County Board of Supervisors.

Call For Projects FY 24-25

Call for Projects deadline was on July 31, 2023. The District will perform Infrastructure Program applications completeness check. Currently, there are 21 Infrastructure Program, 4 Scientific Studies, and 5 Technical Resources Program applications for a total request over $223M and a sum of total cost share of over $31M.

Bids and Opportunities

Developers and Municipalities have provided the following information on upcoming bid opportunities for SCW Regional and Municipal Program Projects and Studies. Please visit HERE.

DISTRICT PROGRAM

Credit Trading Program 

The District hosted a credit trading program workshop on August 16, 2023, from 10am – 12pm. Presentation slides and recording are posted HERE.

MUNICIPAL PROGRAM

Municipal Program Annual Reports

Municipal annual progress/expenditure reports are due December 31st of the following year for activities conducted between July 1-June 30. Annual Reports for previous years are available HERE, and new reports will be posted as soon as possible.

FY23-24 Annual Plans

By April 1, 2023, every municipality had to submit an Annual Plan to the District. This plan is required by the Safe, Clean Water Program’s Municipal Program. The plan is a detailed document that explains the projects, programs, and activities that the municipality intends to carry out with the money they receive from the Safe, Clean Water Program’s revenue. Progress on implementing these plans is reported in the Municipal Program Annual Reports, described above.

Annual Plans received and confirmed complete by the District are posted on the Municipal Program page HERE.

Interested in tracking the Safe, Clean Water Program Watershed Coordination events happening in your community? Visit our SCWP engagement calendar or contact the SCWP Watershed Coordinators for more information.