Local Cities Collaborate to Prevent Sewage From Entering Ocean

By EGP News Report

Bell Gardens is one of several local cities participating in a $10 Million Stormwater Clean-Up Project aimed at preventing hundreds of tons of trash from reaching the Long Beach coastline, city officials announced last week.

Sixteen cities in all are involved in the Los Angeles Gateway Authority collaborative project — funded by $10 million in Federal Stimulus funds — which involves retrofitting the approximately 12,000 publicly-held storm drains in the region that lead to the Los Angeles River.

The storm drain retrofit is expected to keep approximately 840,000 pounds of trash each year from entering the Los Angeles River and flowing down to the ocean, according to a press release from the city of Bell Gardens.

Storm drains will be retrofitted with full-capture trash devices, called Connector Pipe Screens (CPS), inside the catch basin. In addition, more than 5,400 of these storm drains in higher-density trash locations have received additional protection with the installation of Automatic Retractable Screens (ARS), at the curbside entrance to the catch basin, according to Bell Gardens. Both screens block trash and debris, while allowing stormwater to continue flowing to the L.A. River and eventually to Long Beach, said the city’s statement.

Construction was recently completed on the project started in August 2010. In addition to Bell Gardens, the other cities that have received trash screens are Montebello, Pico Rivera, Vernon, Maywood, Commerce, Huntington Park, Bell, Cudahy, South Gate, Downey, Lynwood, Paramount, Compton, Signal Hill, and Long Beach.

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November 10, 2011  Copyright © 2012 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.


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