Start of Los Angeles River Stormwater Clean-Up Project Announced

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The Gateway Authority and the City of Long Beach announced today the start of construction on the LA Gateway Cities Catch Basin Insert Project. Lauded as a major environmental project that will help 16 cities prevent more than 840,000 pounds of trash each year from entering the Los Angeles River, the $10 million project is the LA Gateway Region’s first State Water Board certified retrofit effort. After an estimated year of installing these catch basin insert screens, the region can expect to begin seeing cleaner stormwater and cleaner beaches.

This regional collaborative project is truly a first of its kind. All 16 cities bordering the lower Los Angeles River in the LA Gateway Region agreed to a plan that will retrofit storm drain catch basins with full-capture trash devices. Approximately 12,000 publicly-held storm drains lead to the LA River from the City of Long Beach and the other 15 Gateway Cities upriver. Catch basin inserts, called Connector Pipe Screens (CPS), will be installed in each one of them. In addition, 4,000 of the 12,000 storm drains are considered higher-density trash locations, and funding provides for further protection at these locations with the installation of Automatic Retractable Screens (ARS).

“This is a regional approach to a regional problem,” said Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster. “Together we can do what individual cities cannot: collaborate on region-wide issues and succeed in a highly efficient and economical manner.”

The full-capture inserts/screens will prevent trash and debris from entering the storm drains. Each year, the inserts will prevent an estimated 840,000 tons of trash, green waste, and other debris from entering the storm drain system, which leads to the Los Angeles River and ultimately the Long Beach shoreline.

“This is great news for our Gateway Region,” said Chris Cash, Chair of the Gateway Authority. “The $10 million grant will defray 100 percent of the cost of designing and installing the trash-capturing devices. We are investing in environmental protection infrastructure that will provide long-term quality-of-life benefits.”

Cities that will receive the catch basin inserts are (roughly north to south): Montebello, Pico Rivera, Vernon, Maywood, Commerce, Huntington Park, Bell, Cudahy, Bell Gardens, South Gate, Downey, Lynwood, Paramount, Compton, Signal Hill, and Long Beach.

A total of $10 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds was designated by the California State Water Resources Control Board, through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, to finance the LA Gateway Authority project.

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