Clearwater Program set to become a reality

Sanitation District No. 2 Board of Directors will consider certification of the final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Clearwater Program and adoption of the Master Facilities Plan (MFP) on Wednesday, November 28, 2012, at 1:30 p.m. at the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County Board Room, 1955 Workman Mill Road, Whittier, California.

This program’s purpose is to build a new outflow pipe to move treated wastewater from the Sanitation Districts’ plant in Carson to the ocean. The Sanitation Districts’ preferred site to construct this tunnel is Royal Palms Beach, just west of the White Point Landslide. Other alternative construction sites are Terminal Island and Angels Gate Park

Since the landslide occurred on November 20, 2011, there has been an updated traffic study and the proposed route for construction traffic would be 110 freeway to Gaffey Street to 9th Street to Western Avenue to Paseo del Mar. Construction would begin in 2016. The peak of construction is expected to occur in 2020.

You can view the EIR Appendices, published November 2012, on the Clearwater EIR page.

The Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council endorsed Alternative 4, the Royal Palms site, on March 19, 2012. The Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council opposed Alternative 4 due to the proximity to the White Point Landslide and to the earthquake fault, which in 1933 caused the closure of the White Point/Royal Palms thermal pools.

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The NWSPNC has opposed alternative 4 and recommend alternative 1

Reminder: Meeting tonight regarding Clearwater sewage pipe construction.

The outlined area of Royal Palms is a potential sewage outflow construction site for a two year span.

Tonight will be a public hearing to receive comments on both the draft EIR and draft EIS of the Clearwater Program. This program’s purpose is to build a new outflow pipe to move treated wastewater from the Sanitation Districts’ plant in Carson to the ocean.

The recommended site to construct this tunnel is Royal Palms Beach. Other alternatives are Angels Gate Park (at Paseo del Mar and Gaffey Streets) and Terminal Island.

Thursday, March 8, 2012, at 6:30 pm (Doors open at 6:00 pm)
Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor Hotel
601 South Palos Verdes Street, San Pedro, California

For more information on the Clearwater Program, please read our earlier articles here.

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Clearwater EIR released. Upcoming meeting March 8.

The Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) for the Clearwater Program has been released today. The extended public review period begins today and ends on April 10, 2012. In a nutshell, the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County wants to build a new onshore tunnel and ocean outfall so that the current tunnels can be inspected and repaired if necessary. Construction would begin in 2016.

There are four alternatives being considered.

  1. Port of Los Angeles (access shaft at the Trans Pacific Container Service Corporation [TraPac] site and working and/or exit shaft at the former Los Angeles Export Terminal [LAXT] site): 8 yrs construction, $1,360 million
  2. Port of Los Angeles (access shaft at TraPac; construction shaft at LAXT): 6.5 yrs construction, $980 million
  3. Angels Gate at Gaffey St. and Paseo del Mar: 6.5 yrs construction, $910 million
  4. Royal Palms Beach: 6.5 yrs construction, $550 million

The two options that would affect coastal San Pedro residents the most are options #3 and #4. These are also the least expensive options.

Alternative #3 Angels Gate

Alternative #3 at Angels Gate would have a 20′ noise barrier. During construction of the shaft, approximately 10 to 40 trucks per day would be required for delivery of supplies and removal of excavated material. Shaft construction would take about 8 to 9 months.

Alternative #4 Royal Palms

Alternative #4, the Royal Palms option, is the recommended alternative. It would consist of an average of 10 trucks per day (about 40 trucks per day maximum) for 6–9 months during the shaft construction. There would be approximately 5 to 10 construction workers on site for a 10-hour shift per day, 5 days per week, for approximately 2 years to construct the exit shaft, manifold, valves, and piping interconnections. Demobilization of the site would take about 3 months.

Air quality would be significantly impacted during construction. Alternatives 1, 3, and 4 would exceed thresholds for volatile organic compounds (VOC) and nitrogen oxides (NOX), and Alternative 2 would exceed thresholds for VOC, carbon monoxide (CO), and NOX.

You can read the Draft EIR/EIS in its entirety on the Clearwater Program website.

The Sanitation Districts will be conducting two public hearings to receive comments on the draft EIR on:

Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at 6:30 pm (Doors open at 6:00 pm)
Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County
1955 Workman Mill Road, Whittier, California

Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at 6:30 pm (Doors open at 6:00 pm)
Carson Community Center
801 East Carson Street, Carson, California

The Sanitation Districts and the Corps will hold a joint public hearing to receive comments on both the draft EIR and draft EIS on:

Thursday, March 8, 2012, at 6:30 pm (Doors open at 6:00 pm)
Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor Hotel
601 South Palos Verdes Street, San Pedro, California

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Seal release tomorrow

She keeps looking back at her caretaker.
The Marine Mammal Care Center will be doing a release tomorrow, Wednesday, February 1, at 10:00 am at White Point Beach in San Pedro! There will be two to five animals being released, including one elephant seal. Weather should be spectacular, so hope to see you there!

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Surfs up. Really up!

The National Weather Service issued a high surf advisory today from 4:00 pm this afternoon until 9:00 am Saturday. There is the possibility of minor coastal flooding during high tides. A high tide of nearly 6 feet will occur at Los Angeles Harbor at 6:50 am Friday.

Breakers of 6–10 feet with max sets of 12 feet are possible especially along our west facing beaches like Royal Palms. A high surf advisory means that high surf will affect beaches producing rip currents and localized beach erosion. Be careful out there.

Read the Daily Breeze article about the surf advisory, our record temperatures today, and a photo of a 50 foot geyser of water hitting the rocks at Royal Palms.

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Photos of Royal Palms seal release & more!

We have a community photo album started on Flickr where residents and visitors can share their photos and videos of our beautiful coastal neighborhood. There you can find the picture story of the release this month of two harbor seals and an elephant seal named Ellie. After being nurtured back to health at the Marine Mammal Care Center at Angels Gate, the MMCC team released them back into the ocean at Royal Palms Beach on December 8.

Ellie, the young elephant seal, gets her first taste of freedom since being cared for at the Marine Mammal Care Center.

The two harbor seals head for the ocean at Royal Palms Beach.

The Marine Mammal Care Center team. Pinniped heros!

To see the rest of the photos from the release visit The San Pedro Coast Flickr Pool.

Please feel free to post up your photos of the San Pedro coast neighborhood to share with your friends and neighbors. We will highlight the most recent photos on our home page.

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White Point Beach advisory

The Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors issued a “beach advisory” for White Point Beach in San Pedro, to be in effect through Tuesday, December 13. Beachgoers were advised to use extra caution and stay clear of the beach due to the potential for additional slide activity in the Paseo del Mar landslide area. Read the full article on the Daily Breeze.

The paths near Fromhold Field have been closed and posted with No Trespassing signs.

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Book signing at Corner Store next weekend

Bungy Hedley's previous book "View from the Top of the Mast"

Local author Bungy Hedley will be returning to the Corner Store for another book signing after a successful signing this weekend. On Saturday, December 17 from 9am–1pm Bungy will be signing and selling copies of her book “White Point … An Adventure That Never Ends!,” a history of the area from the 1890’s until recent times.

Read more about this weekend’s book signing on the Daily Breeze.

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Here’s your chance to see three pinnipeds released back to the ocean.

The Marine Mammal Care Center will be releasing three rehabilitated patients (including their super cute elephant seal pup!) this coming Thursday 12/8 at 9:00 am at White Point State Beach in San Pedro. Feel free to come out and say “good bye” to their rehabed pinniped patients.
Release times are not set in stone, so when they say 9:00 am it could be 9:15 or 9:30 or…so please be patient. Things can always change due to weather, etc.
If you have any questions, feel free to give a call to the Care Center at 310-548-5677.
Hope to see you there!

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