Jul 07, 2021

Storm Water Treatment Facility in Long Beach, California, Underway

The facility aims to improve local water quality by capturing and cleaning storm water runoff.

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Plans to build a storm water treatment facility near the Shoemaker Bridge in Long Beach, California, are underway.

The Long Beach City Council voted at a July 6 meeting to approve a $19 million contract with the Shimmick Construction Company to build the Long Beach Municipal Urban Stormwater Treatment Facility, reported the Press-Telegram.

The facility aims to improve local water quality by capturing and cleaning storm water runoff. The property, east of the Los Angeles River and north of Shoreline Drive, will also receive a new wetland habitat area, reported the Press-Telegram.

The first phase of the project will cost about $44 million, but Long Beach will only pay a fraction of that. 

The sources of funding are:

  • $28 million from Caltrans;
  • $10.8 million from Measure W Regional Program funds;
  • $2 million in grants from the Rivers and Mountains Conservancy;
  • $1 million from the Port of Long Beach;
  • $1 million in Measure A funds;
  • $500,000 from the California Coastal Conservancy; and
  • $428,000 from the City of Long Beach.

“I’m super excited about this project,” said Councilmember Mary Zendejas, whose First District includes the site, reported the Press-Telegram. “There will be a storm water demonstration garden, which I think is pretty exciting, and pedestrian facilities, so the public feels welcome to go and visit and really enjoy that open space.”

According to Mayor Robert Garcia, the project has been in progress for years, reported the Press-Telegram.

Construction on the project began in 2020 with street and ground improvements, and the project aims for total construction to wrap up in 2023.

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