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Project: Caballero Creek Improvements

Description: Water capture and other improvements at the Caballero Creek Park. The project will convert a 1.6 acre parcel owned by the City of Los Angeles located adjacent to the confluence of the Caballero Creek and the Los Angeles River into a multibenefit park. The project is a partnership between MRCA, City of Los Angeles, and the County of Los Angeles. Once completed, the park will be owned and operated by the City of Los Angeles. In 2012, the project received Conservancy Proposition 84 funds for project planning and design. The MRCA has also received competitive grants from the Natural Resources Agency’s Urban Greening Program, the State Coastal Conservancy and Los Angeles County Proposition A for implementation of the project, and the City of Los Angeles has also earmarked a contribution. The park will feature a constructed wetland that treats dry weather flows from Caballero Creek and a catch basin on Lindley Avenue, and then circulates the treated water through a habitat bioswale. Any water that is not absorbed in the bioswale will be stored in a cistern for irrigation use. Although some potable water will still be needed for a drinking fountain and backup purposes, the wetland-bioswale-cistern system is intended to make the park a “net zero” water user. The cost of building all of the system’s necessary components (pumps, cistern, pipes, secured enclosure, debris filters, photovoltaic light, drainage elements, vaults, maintenance access, etc.) exceeds the available funding, and the requested grant will ensure that all of these watershed protection components can be included.

Reference Number: 3810P011817

Implemented By: MRCA

Objective: Water capture and other improvements at the Caballero Creek Park. The project will convert a 1.6 acre parcel owned by the City of Los Angeles located adjacent to the confluence of the Caballero Creek and the Los Angeles River into a multibenefit park. The project is a partnership between MRCA, City of Los Angeles, and the County of Los Angeles. Once completed, the park will be owned and operated by the City of Los Angeles. In 2012, the project received Conservancy Proposition 84 funds for project planning and design. The MRCA has also received competitive grants from the Natural Resources Agency’s Urban Greening Program, the State Coastal Conservancy and Los Angeles County Proposition A for implementation of the project, and the City of Los Angeles has also earmarked a contribution. The park will feature a constructed wetland that treats dry weather flows from Caballero Creek and a catch basin on Lindley Avenue, and then circulates the treated water through a habitat bioswale. Any water that is not absorbed in the bioswale will be stored in a cistern for irrigation use. Although some potable water will still be needed for a drinking fountain and backup purposes, the wetland-bioswale-cistern system is intended to make the park a “net zero” water user. The cost of building all of the system’s necessary components (pumps, cistern, pipes, secured enclosure, debris filters, photovoltaic light, drainage elements, vaults, maintenance access, etc.) exceeds the available funding, and the requested grant will ensure that all of these watershed protection components can be included.

Type: Restoration, Recreation/Access/Interpretation, Infrastructure Improvement

Total Cost: $2,000,000.00

Project Status: Preliminary/Planning

On Time?: Yes    Within Scope?: Yes    Within Budget?: Yes

Estimated Completion: 6/30/2020    Actual Completion:

Associated Counties: Los Angeles

Project Benefits a Disadvantaged Community (or SDAC): No

Contribution SourcesContribution DateContribution Amount
  $2,000,000.00
Prop. 1, Urban Creek (LA River)11/28/2018$2,000,000.00


Project MetricMetric TopicQuantityUnit
RestorationEcosystem: Riparian Habitat1acres restored/assessed/managed
Recreation/Access/InterpretationNew/enhanced public parks  
Recreation/Access/InterpretationNew/Improved Public Access (other than coastal)  
Infrastructure ImprovementSite Amenities/ Access Improvements (benches, parking, piers, etc..)  
Infrastructure ImprovementWater Quality Infrastructure  

Water Action Plan Target

    
Make Conservation a California Way of LifeAction Description
Increase Regional Self-Reliance and Integrated Water Management Across All Levels of GovernmentAction Description
Protect and Restore Important EcosystemsAction Description
Manage and Prepare for Dry PeriodsAction Description
Expand Water Storage Capacity and Improve Groundwater ManagementAction Description
Provide Safe Water for All CommunitiesAction Description
Increase Flood ProtectionAction Description
Increase Operational and Regulatory EfficiencyAction Description
Identify Sustainable and Integrated Financing OpportunitiesAction Description

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