Ballona Creek Bacteria TMDL CEQA Environmental Impact Report

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Client: LASAN as a subconsultant to LWA
Time Period: 2014-2017
Staff: Dan Tormey, Benjamin Pogue
Service lines: Water
The City of Los Angeles is participating in the development of EWMPs for the Upper Los Angeles River, Ballona Creek, Dominguez Channel, Marina del Rey, and Santa Monica Bay Jurisdictional Groups 2 and 3 Watershed Management Areas in compliance with the 2012 Regional Water Quality Control Board - Los Angeles Region NPDES Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit.
Catalyst prepared a Programmatic EIR to support the City decision-making process with respect to submitting the EWMPs prepared for these five watersheds.
The first project which tiered from the Programmatic EIR was a water quality improvement project in Ballona Creek which included pumping water from the creek, treating it, and either releasing it back to the channel or making it available for beneficial reuse. Catalyst first prepared an Initial Study analyzing the environmental effects of implementing the project and to support the City’s decision-making regarding appropriate level of environmental review under CEQA for implementing the Project at this facility. The Initial Study identified a design issue that needed to be modified and determined the need to prepare an EIR owing to public controversy (the project would divert the dry-season flow of Ballona Creek). Catalyst subsequently prepared the Notice of Preparation, conducted public scoping, and prepared the Draft EIR. Following publication of the Draft EIR, Catalyst led a public meeting and reviewed all public comments received on the document to prepare the Final EIR and response to comments. The final document was certified in summer 2018 on schedule and budget.

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