Pollution Assessment provides scientific support to the watershed protection program and is responsible for the development of monitoring programs and the assessment collected data; researching relevant stormwater studies to aid various division and bureau projects; acting as City liaison for statewide monitoring agencies; and representing the Watershed Protection Division on Watershed science related issues.
Areas of work include:
- Characterization of urban runoff as related to the Los Angeles River, Ballona Creek, and Dominguez Channel
- Assessing the biology and chemistry of the watersheds, urban lakes, and wetlands in the City of Los Angeles
- Development of data and tools to facilitate watershed management and for TMDL development
Key questions the Pollution Assessment Section focuses on are:
- How can we best protect our precious natural resources?
- What plants and animals are present?
- How can we best protect the beneficial uses of these resources in our community?
- Boating, swimming, and fishing
- What is the current state of our shorelines, watersheds, urban lakes, and wetlands?
- What pollutants are present?
- Where and when are they creating a problem in the ecosystem?
- What steps can be taken to reduce or eliminate problem pollutants?