Ballona Creek Bacteria TMDL Project

Ballona Creek Bacteria TMDL Project

The Ballona Creek Bacteria Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Project is being proposed to meet water quality objectives established by the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board that address elevated bacteria levels and the water quality impairments of Ballona Creek and Estuary during dry weather.

The project proposes utilizing treatment and low-flow diversion technology at three existing locations along Ballona Creek, Sepulveda Channel and Centinela Creek where water treatment or water quality facilities are already in place.

This project will achieve compliance with TMDL water quality mandates, improve public health and the beneficial uses of Ballona Creek and Estuary, while providing a new source of water to offset potable water use by diverting a portion of the runoff to the Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant.

The County of Los Angeles and the cities of Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Culver City, Inglewood and West Hollywood are partnering together on this project with the City of Los Angeles, LA Sanitation in the role as the lead agency.

A California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) environmental review process will be conducted for this project with the City of Los Angeles, LA Sanitation preparing an Environmental Impact Report (EIR).

Interested agencies, organizations and parties may review the project’s notice of preparation:

Ballona Creek Bacteria TMDL Notice of Preparation


LA Sanitation is soliciting comments regarding, the scope, content and specificity of the EIR.  Please send your written/typed comments to LA Sanitation by one of the following delivery methods. In your comment(s), please include your name, email address, telephone number, address, and the subject line of Ballona Creek Bacteria TMDL EIR at the top of your comment(s).


Fax:               213-485-3939

US Mail:      Mr. Hubertus Cox

LA Sanitation – Watershed Protection Division

1149 S. Broadway, 10th Floor

Los Angeles, CA 90015

In addition, Public scoping meetings for the Project are scheduled as follows.  All are welcome to attend.  The meetings are the same format so feel free to attend one or the other.

Date:    Thursday, March 2, 2017

Time:    1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. or 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Place:   Westchester Municipal Building – Community Room

             7166 Manchester Avenue

             Westchester, CA  90045

 As a covered entity under Title II of the American with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate.  The meeting facility and its parking are wheelchair accessible. Sign language interpreters, assistive listening devices, or other auxiliary aides and/or services may be provided upon request. Other services, such as translation between English and other languages, may also be provided upon request.  To ensure availability of services, please make your request no later than three working days (72 hours) prior to the meeting by calling Wendy Dinh at (213) 485-3912.

March 2, 2017 Scoping Meeting Boards

Balloon Creek Bacteria TMDL Scoping Posters (11.6MB PDF)