The South Santa Monica Bay Watershed Area is located in southwest Los Angeles County. The watershed area drains to the Pacific Ocean and includes the Dominguez Channel. Municipalities that fall within the boundaries of this Watershed Area include: Carson, Los Angeles, Torrance, Los Angeles County, Gardena, Redondo Beach, Inglewood, Rancho Palos Verdes, El Segundo, Lomita, Lawndale, Rolling Hills Estates, Hermosa Beach, Rolling Hills, Compton, Manhattan Beach, Hawthorne, and Palos Verdes Estates.

The South Santa Monica Bay Watershed Area is estimated to receive up to $18.4 million annually to fund regional projects and programs.  

Regional Program funds for the Watershed Area are programmed by the Watershed Area Steering Committee  comprised of local stakeholders from agencies, municipalities, and community members from within the Watershed Area. The Steering Committee will meet regularly to develop funding plans and recommendations to provide water quality, water supply, and community enhancement benefits to the region. Available meeting details are below.

Steering Committee

Cung Nguyen, LA County Flood Control District 

E.J. Caldwell, West Basin

Diane Gatza*, Water Replenishment District

Kristen Ruffell, LA County Sanitation Districts

Cathie Santo Domingo, Los Angeles Recreation & Parks

Alison Suffet-Diaz, Environmental Charter School

Craig Cadwallader**, Surfrider Foundation South Bay Chapter

Guang Yu Wang, Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission

Hany Fangary, Fangary Law Group

Wendy Butts, Los Angeles Conservation Corps


Julio Gonzalez, Carson

Susie Santilena, Los Angeles

Paul Alva, Los Angeles County

John Dettle, Torrance

Stephanie Kastsouleas, EWMP: Beach Cities (Manhattan Beach)

Heecheol Kwon, EWMP: Dominguez (Hawthorne)

Ken Rukavina, EWMP: Peninsula (Palos Verdes Estates)

*Chair     **Vice Chair

Meetings and Events

Watershed Area Steering Committee Meeting

Wednesday, December 18, 2019, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

City of Torrance, Public Works Training Room
20500 Madrona Ave, Torrance, CA 90503


Watershed Area Steering Committee Meeting

Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

City of Torrance
20500 Madrona Ave., Torrance, CA 90503

Agenda     Meeting Minutes (Draft)