Oct 09, 2007

Santa Monica Westside Water Quality Improvement Project Wins 2007 Outstanding Stormwater Management

Black & Veatch, a leading global engineering, consulting and construction company, announced today that the Westside Water Quality Improvement Project received the 2007 Outstanding Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP) Implementation Award from the California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA). The award was in the Treatment Control/Structural BMP Implementation subcategory.

The award was presented to the city of Santa Monica, which owns and operates the facility, at CASQA’s annual awards luncheon in Costa Mesa recently. Black & Veatch provided design, permitting and construction support services for the environmentally responsible facility.

Development and implementation of the urban runoff quality treatment facility, which was constructed deep beneath Mar Vista Park in western Los Angeles, demonstrated exceptional cooperation between two California cities to cost-effectively alleviate pollution caused by urban runoff in parts of both Los Angeles and Santa Monica.

Completion of the Westside project was a major step forward in improving local water quality to benefit Ballona Creek, Santa Monica Bay and local beaches. The new facility treats 100 percent of the dry weather flow (2 to 3 cubic feet per second) and up to 36 cubic feet per second of wet weather flow. It removes a variety of solid, liquid and soluble pollutants. The hydraulically efficient facility was designed with no moving parts, chemical additives or electrical power requirements.