Hermosa Beach Strand gets $1.3M in Recovery Act funds for 'green' improvements to protect Pacific Ocean

Sponsored by

• Groundbreaking ceremony scheduled for Monday, January 11, 2010, at 10 am on north side of Pier Avenue at Manhattan Avenue

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Jan. 8, 2010 -- The City of Hermosa Beach has received nearly $1.3 million in federal Recovery Act (economic stimulus) funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and State Water Resources Control Board. The funding from EPA's Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund supports improved stormwater management through a 'Greenstreet' retrofit of Pier Avenue.

The infiltration and storm-drain elements that this project introduces are uniquely different from traditional stormwater management systems. In Southern California, urban stormwater runoff is the #1 cause of pollution in coastal waters. Stormwater runoff is made worse by the density of impervious surfaces in urban areas like roads, buildings and parking lots.

"The City of Hermosa Beach should be commended for applying innovative low impact development tools to address urban runoff and protect beach users," said John Kemmerer, associate Water Division director for EPA's Pacific Southwest region. "Retrofit projects like this are particularly challenging. This is an example of how cities can address stormwater pollution in a sustainable manner and at the same time create beautiful public spaces for their residents."

The Pier Avenue Improvement project includes a new storm drain system designed to address existing flooding problems and reduce stormwater pollution to the nearby beach. The new drainage system will incorporate an innovative infiltration system that will retain stormwater runoff, irrigate new drought-tolerant landscaping and divert runoff that would otherwise end up in the ocean. An exciting green feature of this project is its use of reclaimed water service for this and future landscape irrigation in the downtown area.

Low impact development tools mimic natural hydrologic conditions, and include increasing permeable, vegetated areas to assist the infiltration and evapotranspiration of stormwater, in turn minimizing the volume of stormwater discharges. By using low impact development tools, pollutant flows are reduced and the need for more expensive traditional treatment is minimized.

In Hermosa, beaches are considered impaired because they exceed the state's bacteria standard. This retrofit project is designed to reduce discharges of bacteria-laden stormwater. It also includes features to control trash that would otherwise be discharged to the Ocean.

The infusion of $1.265 million to this project is an example of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act going to work to help California and its local governments finance many of the overdue improvements to water projects that are essential to protecting public health and the environment across the state. To fund projects like this, the State Water Resources Control Board's Clean Water State Revolving Fund program received $280 million from EPA. Under ARRA, at least 20% of these funds must be applied to "Green Projects." The Pier Avenue retrofit project is receiving funds pursuant to this Green Project Reserve. The SWCRB provides low-interest loans for water quality protection projects for wastewater treatment, non-point-source pollution control, and watershed and estuary management throughout California.

Although not funded under the Recovery Act, Hermosa Beach is simultaneously making additional improvements as a part of this project. These improvements also incorporate multiple public benefits, including new shared bike lanes, new landscaped medians with pedestrian refuges and bulb-outs to enhance pedestrian safety, street and median trees to reduce heat island effect, and drought-tolerant landscaping. The total cost of the project is anticipated to be approximately $4.8 million.

###

Sponsored by

TODAY'S HEADLINES

OCWD acquires turf removal rebate for water conservation amid drought

Amid ongoing drought in California, the Orange County Water District is striving to use water more efficiently and is exploring opportunities to increase water conservation.

MA public water systems earn prestigious awards for superior performance

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection announced that the City of Gloucester, City of Lynn and Town of Sturbridge public water systems have received awards for recent achievements and superior performance in 2014.

ACE15: Professional sessions to encompass Total Water Solutions

In preparation of its Annual Conference & Exposition, American Water Works Association and its local section partner, the California-Nevada Section, have compiled a professional program focusing on Total Water Solutions to address the changing needs of the global water community.

ADS receives 'Above and Beyond' award from Ohio National Guard

The Ohio Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve recently announced that it has awarded its 'Above and Beyond' award to Advanced Drainage Systems.

FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA