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

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Geotechnical Investigation Program
As required by the Clearwater Program Master Facilities Plan and Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement, which were approved and certified in November 2012, the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County (
Sanitation Districts) are in the process of implementing the Geotechnical Investigation Program along the future 6.9-mile-long tunnel alignment.  The first of up to approximately 69 soil borings began on July 22, 2013.  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 Master Facilities Plan (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 Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (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—consisting of a new 18-foot diameter, 7-mile long onshore tunnel only (no new ocean outfall)—is 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.

Contacts

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

Steven W. Highter
Supervising Engineer, Planning Section
Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County
1955 Workman Mill Road
Whittier, CA 90601
shighter@lacsd.org

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
Aaron.O.Allen@usace.army.mil

For prior documents and presentations, please use this link:

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