An administrative board for the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County will consider the final environmental report for the so-called Clearwater Program at its 1:30 p.m. meeting. The project involves building a new outflow pipe at Royal Palms Beach, just west of the landslide area in San Pedro.
Already under study for the past six years, construction would not begin until 2016, with the peak of the work occurring in 2020.
Early this year, officials said the underground route making use of the Royal Palms site -- as opposed to several other alternatives -- was the best and most affordable option.
The project will supplement two aging underground tunnels, built in 1937 and 1958 respectively, that carry treated wastewater from Carson to outfall pipes under the ocean.
Of the four alternatives studied, the end-of-the-line shaft station at Royal Palms was considered preferable, although some critics preferred another plan that would have made use of Terminal Island.
Critics also worry that the Royal Palms site is too close to last year's Paseo del Mar landslide.
Sanitation engineers said the Royal Palms site is on a point that is 1,300 feet to the west of the landslide area and is considered stable.
According to the engineers, the Royal Palms route is the least expansive, easiest to construct and carries less construction risk. It is the shortest of the proposed alignments and requires the least amount of tunneling and excavation, sanitation officials have said.
Members of the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council signed off on the Royal Palms site but only after adding a number of mitigation requests.
The Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council, concerned about truck traffic impacting the area during construction, voted against endorsing the preferred site.
The cost for using the Royal Palms location is estimated at $550 million. Other alternatives would cost as much as $1.36 billion.
Property owners will pay for the project, with the least expensive option (Royal Palms) expected to boost the property tax bills of single-family houses by about $20 a year.
If the project gets final approval, it will then go into a design phase that's expected to last through the next three years. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would also need to approve a separate environmental study of the project before it can proceed, said Steve Highter, project manager for the Clearwater Program.
Want to go?What: The governing board of Los Angeles County Sanitation District No. 2 -- the administrative district for 17 separate districts that are tied into a regional wastewater treatment system -- will consider approving a final environmental impact report for the Clearwater Program. It involves building new underground wastewater pipes with an outfall site at Royal Palms Beach in San Pedro.
Where: Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County Board Room, 1955 Workman Mill Road, Whittier
When: 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.
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