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There are smart, modern solutions to these problems. We already know how to use science and technology to better protect public health and our environment, and to maximize a clean, locally-controlled water supply.
Increase our yearly collection of rainwater to supply water for millions of people in L.A. County annually.
Reduce the volume of trash before it reaches our beaches, coastal waters and marine life.
Eliminate toxic pollutants, chemicals, fertilizers, plastics, metals from our cars, and pet waste that flow through our neighborhoods and into the ocean.
Make all of L.A. County—including low-income and paved-over neighborhoods—greener, cleaner and healthier.
The best way to capture more water is to rely on natural areas like streambeds, grassy parks, grassy fields at schools, and other non-paved surfaces. These are some of the signature projects that could put those ideas into action and capture storm runoff, better protect the environment, and provide new sources of safe, clean water.
The Rory M. Shaw Wetlands Park, which has already been developed, shows an effective nature-based solution. Other designs, like the Ladera Park Stormwater Capture Project, exemplify what’s possible with smart design in an urban setting. Projects like the Bassett High School concept below, would bring innovative thinking and green space to communities that are more vulnerable to the challenges of extreme weather.
Learn more about some of the projects – both planned and potential opportunities – that have been identified in various planning documents. These documents include the Enhanced Watershed Management Program plans, Los Angeles Basin Stormwater Conservation Study, and the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power’s Stormwater Capture Master Plan.
Located within the low-income community of La Puente, the project would capture and infiltrate urban runoff and stormwater from 875 acres of mostly residential and small commercial land use.
The project would collect dry weather urban runoff and stormwater from 200 acres of mostly residential and commercial land use. Located in the unincorporated area of Florence-Firestone, the park encompasses approximately 24 acres and lies adjacent to the Glen Avenue Drainage System that discharges into Compton Creek, which is a tributary of the Los Angeles River, both of which are water quality impaired.
By diverting dry- and wet-weather flows from the Glen Avenue Drainage System and providing pre-treatment of water for infiltration to the groundwater basin, the project will protect the water quality of local rivers and streams, increase the local water supply, and enhance park amenities, while providing additional recreation, education, and outreach benefits to Park visitors.
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Located in the unincorporated area of Ladera Heights, the project would capture and infiltrate urban runoff and stormwater from upstream 110-acre drainage area of mostly residential and commercial land and convey them into an underground retention basin at Ladera Park.
The runoff from the drainage area can be used for irrigation purposes or be infiltrated into the ground. The retention of storm water also helps alleviate flood risk in the downstream flood control system. Low Impact Development amenities will also be incorporated into the project. The project is still in the planning phase.
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In 2004, the LACFCD developed the Sun Valley Watershed Management Plan to solve a major flooding problem while also retaining all stormwater runoff from the watershed, increasing water conservation, protecting wildlife habitat, creating recreational opportunities, and reducing stormwater pollution.
This project will convert a 46-acre, engineered, inert landfill into a multi-purpose wetlands park featuring a 21-acre detention pond that will provide store runoff collected from the upstream tributary area and reduce flooding in the surrounding areas. The project will also feature a 10-acre wetland that will serve as a natural water treatment system for removing pollutants from stormwater runoff and also provide a sustainable habitat for various plant and animal species. The treated stormwater will be pumped to the existing Sun Valley Park infiltration basins for groundwater recharge.
The project will include approximately 15 acres of open space and recreational areas. Proposed recreational enhancements include trails, basketball and tennis courts, a tot lot, picnic tables, educational signage, and restrooms, providing an open space recreational opportunity to a community that is currently underserved in that capacity.
Download: Rory M. Shaw Wetlands Park Fact Sheet
Learn more about other projects in development including the Complete Streets Project, Arcadia Wash Ecosystem Restoration Project and Groundwater Recharge Facility, Rio Hondo Ecosystem Restoration Project, LACFCD Dams, and Low-Flow Diversions Systemwide Update Project.