Recently, right here on the LA Stormwater blog, Joe Linton of the popular LA Creek Freak asked us to learn a bit more about our watersheds. That’s a suggestion we fully embrace, so we are here to help.

If you live in Southern LA County in the communities of Inglewood, Hawthorne, El Segundo, Gardena, Lawndale, Redondo Beach, Torrance or Carson, you likely reside in the 110 square mile Dominguez Channel Watershed.

Most of this land is developed to handle runoff and when it rains water flows through our streets to the storm drains where it enters the stormwater system, in this case the Dominguez Channel, and then directly to the Pacific Ocean untreated. The Dominguez Channel extends all the way from LAX to the Los Angeles Harbor.

Currently there are a number of Prop O projects that directly impact the Dominguez Channel and LA Harbor Watershed, including the Machado Lake Restoration Project, Rosecrans Recreation Center Stormwater Enhancements, the Peck Park Canyon Water Quality Improvement Project, Inner Cabrillo Beach Bacterial Water Improvement Project and the Wilmington Drain Multi-use Project.

All of these projects are being implemented in order to improve stormwater pollution and increase the watershed’s ability to handle runoff in a more efficient and environmentally friendly More >