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Santa Monica Non-Potable Water Project

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Project Description

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 9 is considering authorizing the award of a grant to the City of Santa Monica, California to improve the City's non-potable water supply system. Santa Monica is located in western Los Angeles County, about 10 miles west of downtown Los Angeles.  The proposed project would be located within Memorial Park which is located between Olympic Boulevard and Colorado Avenue, and between 14th and 16th streets in Santa Monica. The proposed project consists of a 1-million gallon (MG) non-potable water reservoir, a non-potable water pumping station, and supporting pipelines at a site within Memorial Park and immediately adjacent the park to the west at the Fisher Lumber property.  The water reservoir and supporting pipelines will be located underground so existing and/or improved park facilities can be located at grade above the buried reservoirs and pumping facilities. Within Memorial Park, the proposed underground reservoir would be located beneath the existing tennis courts along the northeast side of 14th Street.  A pump station would be located north and west of the reservoir in an area occupied by a parking lot.  The pump station would be above ground in a masonry block building located immediately adjacent the park in an existing parking lot on the western most edge of the Fisher Lumber property. 

Purpose and Need for the Proposed Action

The purpose of the proposed project is to provide more reliability for the City’s non-potable water supply systems.  The City’s non-potable water supply system would be provided with more flexibility and reliability.  Currently, the City has a greater need for additional recycled water storage than for potable water storage.  Providing additional storage for non-potable water will make it possible to more efficiently serve existing and new customers.

Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact

In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), EPA has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) that analyzes the environmental impacts of the proposed action. After considering a wide range of regulatory, environmental (both natural and human) and socio-economic factors, the EA did not identify any significant impacts to the environment that would result from the implementation of the proposed wastewater collection system improvements. The draft EA and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) are being made available for public review for a 30-day comment period that ends on October 2, 2011. Interested persons may submit written comments to EPA Region 9.

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Contact Information

For further information about these documents, contact:
Sam Ziegler (ziegler.sam@epa.gov)
U.S. EPA Region 9 (WTR-3)
75 Hawthorne Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: 415-972-3399
Fax: 415-947-3537

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