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Los Angeles Basin Stormwater Conservation Study

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Task 3.1 - Development of Climate-Adjusted Hydrologic Model Inputs

Task 3.1 - Climate Change and Hydrologic Projections Appendices

Task 3.2 - Hydrologic Modeling Report

Task 3.2 - Annual Hydrologic Results Workbook

Plan of Study

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     Task 5 Charette Agenda
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     Task 2 Public Webinar

     Task 4 Kickoff Presentation
     Task 4 Results Presentation

     Task 3 Results Presentation

     Feb 6, 2013 Meeting Presentation

Other Southern California Basin Studies

The Los Angeles Basin Stormwater Conservation Study is a partnership among the Bureau of Reclamation, the Los Angeles County Flood Control District, and several local agencies to bridge the gap between current and future water supply and demand in the region's watersheds. It is funded with $1 million from the Bureau of Reclamation’s WaterSMART program, $1.36 million from the Los Angeles County Flood Control District (LACFCD), and $60,000 from other local partners. The Study area covers approximately 1,900 square miles and is home to approximately 10 million people, or about one-quarter of California's population.

Imported water supplies to Los Angeles County are uncertain due to periodic droughts in northern California and the Colorado River Basin, court decisions related to Bay Delta endangered species, implementation of the terms of the Quantification Settlement Agreement for Colorado River water, and environmental concerns affecting delivery of Owens Valley water. Changing demographics and climate variability present additional long-term challenges to an adequate water supply. Various Los Angeles area water management agencies, such as the LACFCD, are actively pursuing strategies for developing local water resources such as stormwater.

The LACFCD constructs, operates, and maintains an advanced system in Los Angeles County for flood protection, water conservation, and water quality improvement, serving a jurisdiction of 85 cities and approximately 140 unincorporated communities. It owns and operates 14 major flood control dams, 155 debris basins, 27 spreading grounds, and more than 3,400 miles of channels and storm drains. It is also the primary agency for conducting groundwater replenishment operations, and in typical years, it infiltrates more than 270,000 acre-feet (AF) of captured stormwater, imported water, and recycled water into the various groundwater basins in Los Angeles County. In wetter years that number can exceed 700,000 AF, and in drier years may be little more than 150,000 AF.

Los Angeles County accounts for the largest water demand of any urbanized county in California. The purpose of the Basin Study is to study long-term flood control and water conservation impacts from projected population and climate conditions in the Los Angeles Basin. The Study will recommend potential changes to the operation of stormwater capture systems, modifications to existing facilities, and development of new facilities that could help resolve future flood control and water supply issues. The recommendations will be developed through identifying alternatives and conducting trade-off analyses.

Work began on the $2.4 million Study in December 2012, and is expected to be complete by December 2015.

Study Timeline
December 2012
Begin Study
December 2013
Complete downscaled climate change &
hydrologic modeling
September 2014
Complete water supply & demand projections
July 2014
Complete existing infrastructure response & operations guidelines analysis
January 2015
Complete infrastructure & operations concepts
August 2015
Complete trade-off analysis & recommendations
December 2015
Publish final report

Send questions or comments via :

e-mail: LABasinStudy@usbr.gov
phone: (951) 695-5310
fax: (951) 695-5319

Updated: January 2015