Revised enhanced watershed management program has secured conditional approval
This past week marked a huge milestone for Monrovia on the storm water quality compliance front, new developments occurred.
LA County coordinated various voting seminars to fill municipal seats on the Watershed Area Steering Committees (WASCs) that will be responsible for recommending storm water projects funding through Measure W. Monrovia was selected to serve as the primary municipal representative on the Rio Hondo WASC, and as the alternative municipal representative on the upper San Gabriel River WASC. Monrovia will have the front row seat in the process of determining what storm water projects get funded through Measure W.
The second development is, after several years of hard work to update the Enhanced Watershed Management Program (EWMP) to achieve storm water compliance as mandated by the MS4 permit, Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board (Regional Board) issued a notice of conditional approval for the revised EWMP (rEWMP) plan.
The LA Water Board will be holding a public hearing to consider final approval of the rEWMP document on March 14, 2019, at 9 a.m. at the Port of Long Beach headquarters.
The original EWMP plan was slated to cost around $1.4 billion to implement, but it would have resulted in cleaning up stormwater to the level of compliance with the MS4 permit.
If the rEWMP plan secures final approval, there will be a level of storm water compliance as mandated by the MS4 Permit and a reduced cost at 91 percent. The estimated cost now will take $122 million to implement. Funding will come from money approved under Measure W. $300 million is distributed annually to nine watershed areas and Monrovia is eligible to receive $32.1 million a year under Measure W grant funding.
The storm water developments this past week are a result of the hard work of Council Member Gloria Crudgington and Senior Management Analyst Alex Tachiki.