05.15.2019 | 3 min read

With the successful passage of Measure W last November, we are now in the process of implementing the Safe, Clean Water Program. There is much to do to get the Program going, and we have a lot of progress to report. Below is the first of our monthly updates on the status of Safe, Clean Water Program* implementation.

* The Safe, Clean Water Program will provide local, dedicated funding to increase our local water supply, improve water quality, and protect public health. The Program will generate approximately $300 million per year from a special parcel tax of 2.5 cents per square foot of impermeable surface area on private property within the L.A. County Flood Control District. Publicly owned parcels, including schools, are exempt under state law. Credits for property owners who have installed stormwater-capture improvements are available. Qualifying low-income seniors and non-profit organizations are also eligible for exemption.

Program Updates:

What follows is a report on the status of specific Safe, Clean Water Program elements.

  • Implementation Ordinance
    An Implementation Ordinance that clarifies and sets in law certain elements of the Safe, Clean Water Program is under development. We invite you to be a part of this important process. Here is the projected timeline:
    • A Draft Implementation Ordinance to codify certain program elements is expected to be available for public review by early summer.
    • The final Implementation Ordinance is tentatively scheduled to be adopted by the County Board of Supervisors on August 1st, 2019.
  • Regional Program Fifty percent of the Safe, Clean Water Program will be implemented at the watershed level, guided by 9 Watershed Area Steering Committees. These committees, as well as a Regional Oversight Committee, are currently being formed, and several other regional programs are under development.
    • Watershed Area Steering Committees (WASCs)
      • Watershed Area Steering Committee (WASC) Municipal member self-selection was completed in February.
      • Board of Supervisors’ appointments of WASC Agency/ Community members are in process.
      • Board of Supervisor’s action to formally appoint members is expected in early summer, 2019.
      • The Committees are expected to begin meeting mid-summer 2019.
  • Regional Oversight Committee (ROC)
    • Board of Supervisor’s appointments of ROC members are in progress.
    • Board action to formally appoint members is expected in mid-summer 2019.
  • Technical Resources Program
    • Watershed Coordinators
      • Development of a Request for Services and Qualifications (RFSQ) is in process by Flood Control District staff and is scheduled to be released in the summer.
      • The first evaluation of Watershed Coordinator applicant proposals will be conducted by the LA County Flood Control District to determine whether applicants meet minimum qualifications.
      • The second evaluation of proposals and recommendations for hiring will be conducted by a WASC panel.
    • Technical Assistance Teams
      • Will be provided by the District and are currently being assembled.
    • Infrastructure Program
      • A project scoring process is under development.
      • Various applications, and guidance documents are under development.
      • Draft Fund Transfer Agreements are under development by Flood Control District staff and are expected to be available for public review and comment by the fall.
  • Municipal Program Forty percent of funds will be allocated directly to municipalities.
    • Draft Fund Transfer Agreements under development by Flood Control District staff and are expected to be available for public review and comment by the fall.
    • Flood Control District staff are developing guidance documents to help municipalities understand program parameters and opportunities for technical assistance.
  • District Program The County Flood Control District will receive 10% of Safe, Clean Water funds to develop education programs, develop projects, and administer the overall program.
    • Requests for Qualifications (RFQs)/ Scope of Work for the Stormwater Education Program are under development by Flood Control District staff and expected to be released late this year.
  • Other Program Elements under development
    • Credit Program
      • The Credit Program outlined in the Board letter package is currently under development by Flood Control District staff.
      • A public review and comment period is expected to occur in late spring/early summer.
    • Credit Trading Program
      • The Credit Trading Program outlined in the Board letter package is currently under development.
      • A public review and comment period is expected to occur in early summer.
    • Tax Calculation and Collection Provisions
      • Tax roll preparation for the FY 2019-2020 tax roll is under development
      • The Safe, Clean Water Program tax will be seen on property tax bills sent out in fall 2019.