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Clearwater Program Final EIR Certified

November 30, 2012

The Sanitation District No. 2 Board of Directors certified the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and approved the Master Facilities Plan (MFP) for the Clearwater Program during their regularly scheduled Board meeting on November 28, 2012.

As part of a comprehensive planning effort called the Clearwater Program, the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County (Sanitation Districts) developed a long-range MFP for the Joint Outfall System (JOS), a regional wastewater management system serving approximately 4.8 million people in 73 cities and unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County.  The MFP evaluates the infrastructure needs of the JOS through the year 2050 and makes recommendations on how to ensure the continuation of the JOS as a reliable and cost-effective wastewater management system that is protective of public health and the environment. 

In early February 2012, the Sanitation Districts and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a joint Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) for public review.  The public review period ended on April 10, 2012.  Three public hearings were conducted in early March 2012.  Public comments on the Draft EIR/EIS are addressed in the Final EIR/EIS; the recommended project alternative remains the same.  It consists of a new 18-foot diameter, 7-mile long tunnel to convey treated wastewater from the Joint Water Pollution Control Plant in Carson to the Pacific Ocean off of White Point. The new tunnel, which would tie into existing ocean outfalls at Royal Palms Beach, would allow for inspection and any necessary repairs of two existing tunnels that flow full every day and have not been inspected for over 50 years. 

The Final Executive Summary, MFP, and EIR/EIS for the Clearwater Program can be viewed at