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Clearwater Program
Final Executive Summary, Master Facilities Plan & EIR/EIS

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Prequalification - Construction Contractor:  Notice is hereby given that all bidders on the Project must be prequalified prior to submitting a bid.  It is mandatory that all Contractors who intend to submit a bid fully complete the prequalification questionnaire, provide all materials requested, and be approved by Sanitation District No. 2 to be included on the final qualified Bidders list.  No bid will be accepted from a Contractor that has failed to comply with these requirements. The last date to submit a fully completed package is February 28, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST).

The prequalification package may be obtained by contacting Kelly Lewis at (562) 908-4288, extension 1608 or kellylewis@lacsd.org. For questions regarding the prequalification package, contact Calvin Jin at (562) 908-4288, extension 1601 or cjin@lacsd.org.

The bidding phase of the project will be determined following contractor prequalification.

Prequalification - Construction Management Services:  Sanitation District No. 2 is seeking an engineering consultant to provide construction management services for the construction of the Project.  The consultant will provide key engineering and inspection staff to supplement the Sanitation Districts’ Field Engineering Section to manage all aspects of the tunneling construction. Interested firms should reply to the Request for Qualifications (RFQ). A Statement of Qualification (SOQ) in response to the RFQ must be received no later than 11:00 a.m. PST on January 31, 2017.

The Request for Qualifications (RFQ) can be obtained by contacting Kelly Lewis at (562) 908-4288, extension 1608 or kellylewis@lacsd.org. For questions regarding the RFQ package contact Russ Vakharia at (310) 830-8050, extension 5820 or rvakharia@lacsd.org.

The request for proposal process for construction management services will be determined following consultant prequalification.

Cathodic Protection of Existing Ocean Outfalls

As recommended by the Clearwater Program Master Facilities Plan (MFP) and Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS), which were approved and certified in November 2012, the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County (
Sanitation Districts) added cathodic protection on existing ocean outfall pipelines off White Point.  The project was completed in December 2015 and accepted by the Board in February 2016.  Click here for more information regarding the cathodic protection work.

2013 National Planning Award
The Clearwater Program won the Grand Prize in the Planning Category of the 2013 Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science Competition.  This annual competition, begun in 1989 by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES) and judged by an independent panel of distinguished experts, recognizes public agencies, private companies, and universities throughout the United States whose projects exhibit a comprehensive, integrated, and innovative approach toward solving complex environmental problems.  The Planning Category included facilities planning, preliminary engineering, and public outreach.  Click here for more information regarding this award.

Overview of the Clearwater Program

The Clearwater Program is a comprehensive planning effort undertaken by the Sanitation Districts.  Its purpose is to develop a long-range MFP for the Joint Outfall System (JOS), a regional wastewater management system serving nearly 5 million people in 73 cities and unincorporated county areas, including portions of the city of Los Angeles.

The Clearwater Program MFP evaluates infrastructure and facilities through the year 2050 and makes recommendations on how to maintain a reliable and cost-effective wastewater management system while increasing the use of a valuable resource, recycled water.

The MFP has identified the need for a new onshore tunnel and, possibly, a new ocean outfall to convey treated wastewater effluent from the Sanitation Districts' Joint Water Pollution Control Plant in Carson to the ocean. A new tunnel/ocean outfall would allow for the inspection and any necessary repairs of two existing effluent tunnels, which flow full every day and have not been inspected in over 50 years.

After evaluating over 50 potential project alignments, four feasible alignments were identified. The Sanitation Districts and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) analyzed the potential impacts of each of the four alternatives in a joint EIR/EIS. 

The draft EIR/EIS and draft MFP were released for public review in early February 2012.¬† Three public hearings were conducted in early March.¬† The public review period closed on April 10, 2012.¬†¬†¬†Based on environmental considerations, public feedback, constructability, and cost, one alternative‚ÄĒconsisting of a new 18-foot diameter, 7-mile long onshore tunnel only (no new ocean outfall)‚ÄĒis¬†the
recommended project.

Availability of Final Documents

The Clearwater Program Executive Summary, MFP, and EIR/EIS have been finalized (see links below).  The recommended alternative in the final MFP and final EIR/EIS is the same alternative that was originally recommended in the draft MFP and draft EIR/EIS.

Public Notice of Availability

Clearwater Program Final Executive Summary

Clearwater Program Final Master Facilities Plan

Clearwater Program Final Environmental Impact
Report/Environmental Impact Statement

Public Meeting

Sanitation District No. 2 Board of Directors certified the final EIR and approved the final MFP on November 28, 2012.


For questions regarding the final EIR/EIS, please contact:

Paul Prestia
Division Engineer, Planning Section
Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County
1955 Workman Mill Road
Whittier, CA 90601

Aaron O. Allen, Ph.D.
Chief, North Coast Branch
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District
Regulatory Branch
915 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA90017

For prior documents and presentations, please use this link: