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Project: LA River Flows Study

Description: Currently an instream flow study is being led by the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board), however, the scope of the study is limited in its analysis. Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA) staff have participated in scoping discussions and identified that the study would benefit from additional supplemental analysis related to ecology, habitat, and recreational uses of the river's instream flow, as well as the addition of a water quality analysis and modeling to predict adverse effects on wildlife and vegetation if flow regimes are reduced. The amount and management of instream flow has direct impacts on current and previous planning efforts by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and the San Gabriel and the Rivers and Mountains Conservancy, hereafter referred to as the Conservancies. The grant request is for Proposition 1 Urban Creeks funds that the Conservancies jointly would allocate in the total amount of $500,000 split evenly between the two Conservancies for the supplemental analysis project planning and design support of the Los Angeles River Flows Study. The Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP) is the lead consultant facilitating the study for the Water Board. The proposed grant funds will be used to provide funding to SCCWRP to augment supplemental analysis, staff project planning and design, as well as an internal team of consultants to provide technical resources to the Project through research, analysis, and participation in the study.

Reference Number: 3810P011951

Implemented By: MRCA

Objective: Currently an instream flow study is being led by the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board), however, the scope of the study is limited in its analysis. Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA) staff have participated in scoping discussions and identified that the study would benefit from additional supplemental analysis related to ecology, habitat, and recreational uses of the river's instream flow, as well as the addition of a water quality analysis and modeling to predict adverse effects on wildlife and vegetation if flow regimes are reduced. The amount and management of instream flow has direct impacts on current and previous planning efforts by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and the San Gabriel and the Rivers and Mountains Conservancy, hereafter referred to as the Conservancies. The grant request is for Proposition 1 Urban Creeks funds that the Conservancies jointly would allocate in the total amount of $500,000 split evenly between the two Conservancies for the supplemental analysis project planning and design support of the Los Angeles River Flows Study. The Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP) is the lead consultant facilitating the study for the Water Board. The proposed grant funds will be used to provide funding to SCCWRP to augment supplemental analysis, staff project planning and design, as well as an internal team of consultants to provide technical resources to the Project through research, analysis, and participation in the study.

Total Cost: $500,000.00

Project Status: Not Started

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

Estimated Completion: 6/30/2022    Actual Completion:

Associated Counties: Los Angeles

Project Benefits a Disadvantaged Community (or SDAC): Yes

Contribution SourcesContribution DateContribution Amount
  $500,000.00
Other State Funds11/22/2019$250,000.00
Prop. 1, Urban Creek (LA River)11/22/2019$250,000.00



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

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