West Basin: Water and Energy Efficiency in the Multi-Family/Hotel/School Sectors Program
West Basin’s Energy Efficiency in the Multi-Family/Hotel/School Sectors program works with facilities to install water efficient devices including high-efficiency toilets, high-efficiency urinals, weather-based irrigation controllers, low-flow showerheads, and sink faucet aerators. This project is made possible through partnerships with the Los Angeles County Waterworks District #29 and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, as well as Prop 84 funding. The project also addresses the water-energy nexus by partnering with SoCal Edison and Southern California Gas Company to provide energy efficient devices such as compact fluorescent light bulbs. This program began in February of 2012 and was completed in 2014.
Funding Award: $452,880
Rolling Hills Estates: Model Equestrian Center
The City of Rolling Hills Estates’ project located at the Peter Weber Equestrian Center is a public demonstration site for environmentally sustainable horse-keeping practices. The existing equestrian facilities will be retrofitted to improve drainage and quality of on-site runoff. These retrofits include downspout redirection, drainage correction from horse stalls, and upgrades to existing horse arenas. In addition, bioswales will be constructed to treat stormwater runoff through physical biofiltration and bioretention by vegetation. Lastly, the facility will utilize low impact development techniques such as porous paving and equine-safe native and drought-proof plant buffers.
Project partners for the Model Equestrian Center include the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, and California Department of Toxic Substances Control. Additional project information can be found here
Funding Award: $1,012,985
City of Hawthorne: Storm Drain Improvements & Install of Infiltration Chambers on Hawthorne Blvd.
The City of Hawthorne’s project is to incorporate stormwater improvement best management practices (BMPs) along a one-mile stretch of Hawthorne Blvd. The flood-prone area will be renovated to utilize filtering devices and upgraded catch basins to decrease the amount of trash that enters the storm drain system, subsequently reducing the discharge of debris to the Dominguez Channel. The project will also improve the management of stormwater flow, which will help improve roadway conditions, reduce hydroplane instances, increase regional economic activity, and improve the quality of life for residents in this area.
Funding Award: $1,112,985