LASAN secures funding for four Safe Clean Water (Measure W) Water Quality Projects

Echo Park Lake with fountain and plants

LA Sanitation and Environment (LASAN) is pleased to announce all four proposed LASAN multi-benefit stormwater capture projects were approved for Safe Clean Water Program funding at Tuesday's Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting.  Funded by Measure W, the special parcel tax approved by Los Angeles County voters in November 2018, the Safe Clean Water Program provides local, dedicated funding – approximately $285 million annually countywide – for projects that increase local water supplies, improve water quality, provide community enhancements and protect public health.

“A resilient Los Angeles is a place where we source water locally today so Angelenos can turn to the tap with certainty tomorrow,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “This first round of stormwater capture projects is a down payment on a stronger, more sustainable future -- a county with better water quality for our communities, and a system that’s less prone to shocks from natural disasters and less reliant on distant resources increasingly threatened by the climate crisis.” 

With this Board of Supervisors approval, LASAN will be moving forward to develop the following four regional projects:

  • MacArthur Lake Rehabilitation Project – $20 million project to rehabilitate the lake at MacArthur Park by capturing, storing and treating stormwater for beneficial use, enabling the collected and treated stormwater to offset potable water use for lake fill and irrigation, while also providing for downstream water quality benefits in the Ballona Creek watershed. The project incorporates nature-based solutions that will enhance the park and foster significant community benefits. Proposed nature-based technologies include biofiltration, bioswales, lake habitat restoration, and the incorporation of wetlands enhancements.

  • Lankershim Boulevard Local Area Urban Flow Management Project - $25.6 million project located in the Upper LA River watershed that will provide water quality improvements and flood mitigation with the installation of dry wells, parkway planters and vegetated medians along a portion of Lankershim Blvd. in Sun Valley. This project has the potential to capture 36 million gallons of water annually, create a more walkable neighborhood and reduce the heat island effect in the community.

  • Oro Vista Local Area Urban Flow Management Project - $10.2 million project located in the Upper LA River watershed that will reduce flood hazards along a portion Oro Vista Avenue in Sunland. This project has the potential to capture 9.5 million gallons of stormwater runoff annually and installs more than 3,300 square feet of infiltration planters with California natives.

  • Wilmington Q Street Local Urban Area Flow Management Project - $4.9 million project located in the South Santa Monica Bay watershed that will modernize existing storm drain infrastructure and improve the aesthetic character of a portion of Q Street in Wilmington into a “green street” functioning to capture, treat, retain and infiltrate stormwater flows.

Read the full press release here: