Creating a Lasting Impression


The 2012 theme for American Public Works Association’s National Public Works Week (May 20 – 26) is “Public Works: Creating a Lasting Impression.” One such LA Stormwater project, located in the San Fernando Valley, is aiming to do just that!

The Woodman Avenue Multi-Beneficial Stormwater Capture and Median Retrofit Project will enhance the aesthetics of the 3,500-foot long asphalt medians bordering the west side of Woodman Avenue, from Lanark Street to Saticoy Avenue. One hundred new trees and approximately 27,000 square feet of native and drought tolerant landscaping, along with a five-foot wide pedestrian path and access ramps will provide added improvements. Another bonus is that this project will capture surface rainwater runoff from a 130-acre area and direct it into pre-treatment devices and a naturalized vegetated swale where it will infiltrate into the ground and recharge groundwater supplies.

This project is the result of a partnership between the City of Los Angeles, The River Project, the Panorama City Neighborhood Council and area residents. A total of $3.39 million was provided by State Proposition 50, LADWP and LA Sanitation to fund this project. The Department of Public Works, Bureau of Street Services will construct the project.

You are invited to join Los Angeles City Councilmember Tony Cardenas, City officials and community residents at the Woodman Avenue Multi-Beneficial Stormwater Capture and Median Retrofit Project during APWA’s National Public Works Weeks to celebrate its ground breaking. Here are the specifics:

Event: Woodman Avenue Median Retrofit Ground Breaking Ceremony

Date:  Thursday, May 24, 2012

Time:  8:30 a.m.

Location:  West side of Woodman Avenue at the southern end of the intersection of Strathern Street, Los Angeles, CA  91402

Come and join us as, together, we create a lasting impression with this project – one of reclaiming the urban forest and building a sustainable LA!


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