The Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts’ Clearwater Program is a facilities planning effort to ensure the continuation of a wastewater collection/treatment effluent management and a wastewater treatment biosolids management system that is protective of public health and the environment. The program contains a Master Facilities Plan affecting 73 cities in Los Angeles County over a 20-40 year planning period.
The LACOSAN ocean outfall project potentially could have resulted in construction and operational impacts to the marine environment. Construction of the project was, therefore, planned to take place via tunneling such that marine-related construction impacts would be limited to where the offshore tunnel risers, seafloor pipelines, and diffusers were located at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. However, oceanographic processes such as currents and temperature stratification influences the discharge of effluent once the outfall becomes operational. These processes could impact effluent dispersion and consequently water quality, sedimentation patterns, and possibly the benthic (ocean floor) environment.
MBC searched for and compiled current and historical information and data about the project area from published literature, monitoring reports, technical and special study reports, government sources and personal knowledge to assemble a comprehensive data resource for use by all project members. MBC also reviewed historical data trends, DDT/PCB contaminated sediment areas, navigation, benthic habitat, and local fish populations to prepare a constraints analysis for use by project engineers to help evaluate project alternatives early in the design phase. When the project was further defined, MBC assisted with the preparation of the project EIR/EIS by determining potential impacts to the local marine biology and water quality.
MBC's biologists are providing technical support and expertise to evaluate opportunities for providing ecosystem restoration, increased recreational opportunities and other improvements offshore of the City of Long Beach within East San Pedro Bay.Read more
MBC was uniquely qualified to provide marine biological data and analyses since the company has monitored the environment offshore the El Segundo Generating Station for 30 years.Read more
MBC assisted our client by providing an assessment of the existing conditions in the marine and wetland environments in the vicinity of a proposed desalination plant located adjacent to the AES Huntington Beach Generating Station.Read more