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Final Executive Summary, Master Facilities Plan & EIR/EIS
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.
Geotechnical Investigation Program
As required by the Clearwater Program¬†MFP and EIR/EIS, the¬†Sanitation Districts implemented the Geotechnical Investigation Program along the future 6.9-mile-long tunnel alignment.¬† The program began in July 2013 and¬†is anticipated to conclude¬†in¬†early 2016.¬† Click here for more information regarding the Geotechnical Investigation Program.
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
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:
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
915 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA90017
For prior documents and presentations, please use this link: