Here are the basic details. If you reside in San Pedro, which is in the city of Los Angeles, along with Wilminton and parts of Harbor City, your sewage does NOT travel to the Carson treatment plant.
You sewage travels to a city of Los Angeles facility on Terminal Island for treatment. The treated sewage water is then piped out to between the end of Pier 400 and the breakwater, all in the outer harbor area.
The Clearwater Program seeks to provide a new Outfall System from the treatment plant located in Carson and out to the Pacific Ocean, up to seven miles beyond the breakwater.
There are fourteen "Identified Potential Shaft Site Locations" that will be looked at for the placement of the Outfall Shaft and the ground-level site dealing with the tunnel and debris excavated from the tunnel.
Of the fourteen sites, only TWO actually are located in areas where the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts provide service.
One site is Number 3 on the list of potential sites is Eastview Park, illustrated in the photo below.
The park is owned by the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts and is operated as a park for the city of Rancho Palos Verdes. The park is located on Westmont just east of Western Avenue.
The other site that is within the LACSD area is the actual treatment plant in Carson.
Now please consider the illustration below.
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I am stopping here right now to confirm that, according to managers within the LACSD, the overwhelming number of people who have commented on where the Outfall Shaft must be located is at Site Number 6, on Terminal Island, the old LAXT site.
That site is also within the area utilizing the Los Angeles City treatment plant on Terminal Island.
Here is where I think residents of San Pedro, Wilmington, and Harbor City may find concern.
Since eleven of the fourteen sites can be considered as being in residential areas or areas of great traffic, and those areas are NOT within the LACSD boundaries, it is perhaps an unnecessary imposition on these residents to have disruptions considered in the areas for which no benefit may actually occur.
In essence, LACSD is considering sites in areas outside their boundaries for placement of the Outfall Shaft and the ground-level area.
I can imagine that if and when San Pedrans and others learn they could have their lives disrupted for about eight years on a project they will receive no direct benefit, they might get a bit testy.
I did not realize the situation until I asked individuals conducting the Scoping Meeting that San Pedro is not really part of the LACSD and they confirmed it. One of the gentleman answering my direct questions commented that he thought there could be some benefit to residents of San Pedro and the city of Los Angeles, but I didn't really understand his answer very well.
Here are the "Identified Potential Shaft Site Locations and whether they lie within an area served by the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts.
1. JWPCP is the actual treatment plant in Carson and it IS within the area of LACSD.
2. U.S. Navy Fuel Depot, northwest San Pedro, is NOT within the area of LACSD.
3. Eastview Park, Operated by the city of R.P.V. on LACSD land IS within the area of LACSD.
4. Field of Dreams, along Gaffey Street in San Pedro, is NOT within the area of LACSD.
5, Peck Park, San Pedro, is NOT within the area of LACSD.
6. Port of L.A. (LAXT) is NOT within the area of LACSD and is NOT considered to be in a residential area.
7. Averill Park, San Pedro, is NOT within the area of LACSD.
8. Friendship Park, in San Pedro MAY or MAY not be within the area of LACSD and is the only site west of any existing tunnel.
9. Fort MacArthur, Middle Reservation, San Pedro, is NOT within the area of LACSD.
10. White Point Nature Preserve, San Pedro, is NOT within the area of LACSD. There IS an LACSD pumping station near the end of Western Avenue that pumps treated sewage water to the existing Outfall locations AND pumps untreated sewage back towards the treatment plant in Carson. This site can be considered to be in a residential area.
11. Royal Palms State Beach, San Pedro, is NOT within the area of LACSD but it is the location where the existing Outfall System tunnels leave the land area and go out into the ocean.
12. Angels Gate Park, San Pedro, Upper Reservation of Fort MacArthur is NOT within the area of LACSD.
13. Cabrillo Beach, Pacific Ocean side, San Pedro is NOT within the area of LACSD.
14. Point Fermin Park, San Pedro is NOT within the area of LACSD.
Below are the two illustrations I used to create the overlay that appears higher on this post.
Now that I have learned something that may be very important to residents of areas who do not wish to see about 150 dump truck trips per day traveling through their neighborhoods, for about eight years, I will keep looking deeper into the Clearwater Program.
We can expect the Draft Environmental Impact Report and the Draft Environmental Impact Statement to come out closer to the fourth quarter of 2009.
We have until November 14, 2008 to get our written comments concerning the Notice of Preparation and Initial Study created and sent in.
I think my comments will deal with stating the obvious; The Outfall Shaft must be sunk on Terminal Island and there is no way I can consider having any areas of San Pedro considered for placement of a shaft that would not benefit the residents who live in the residential areas.