Washington Boulevard Stormwater and Urban Runoff Project

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beach stormwaterIn order to comply with the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Permit (Order No R4-2012-0175) and the Marina del Rey Enhanced Watershed Management Program Plan, the City is proposing the Washington Boulevard Stormwater and Urban Runoff Project.  

Approximately 40 acres of the City of Culver City jurisdiction is within 1,409 acres of the Marina del Rey Watershed with our City’s stormwater runoff draining directly into the Marina del Rey Harbor. The goal of the Project is to reduce the pollutants from reaching the Marina del Rey Harbor and our beaches through the discharge of stormwater and dry-weather runoff.    

The Project will capture stormwater and urban runoff before it enters the storm drain system. The captured water will be stored in underground sealed storage tanks. The retained runoff will be pumped to the sanitary sewer where it will be conveyed to the City of Los Angeles’ Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant for treatment. 

As a result of feedback received from two public meetings, Culver City determined that a redesign of the project was necessary. 

Redesign of the Washington Boulevard Stormwater Project

Culver City is currently working on a redesign that will shorten the underground storage system to be installed along Washington Boulevard. The underground storage system will only be installed between Costco's east and west driveway entrances/exits. The remaining underground storage system will be placed along the westside of Glencoe Avenue north of Washington Blvd. The redesign is anticipated to be completed by the end of this calendar year, December 2019. Due to the redesign, the City is tentatively postponing the construction to the summer of 2020.


The entire project will take approximately 1 year with construction of the underground chambers and required piping along Washington Boulevard estimated to be approximately eight (8) months. The additional underground chambers will be constructed in phases on Glencoe Avenue north of Washington Blvd. The sewer connection west of Lincoln on Washington Boulevard is proposed to be completed at night only (after 9:00 p.m.) and will take approximately two (2) months to complete. The work area associated to the sewer connection will be plated during the day for vehicular traffic. The redesign proposes only one landscaped median to be constructed within the existing painted medians and will not remove any lanes once complete. The remainder of the landscaped medians on Washington Boulevard east of Redwood will be constructed by the Community Development Department at a later date. 

Pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) guidelines, an Initial Study (IS) determined that the project will not have a significant adverse impact on the environment with mitigation incorporation. A Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) finding is adequate.

For more information, please call Kim Braun, Public Works Environmental Programs and Operations Division Manager at (310) 253-6421.

Future Community Meeting


Past Community Meetings

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The Community Meeting will be held from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at Coeur d' Alene Elementary School Auditorium, 810 Coeur d' Alene Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90291.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

The Community Meeting was held from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Thursday, November 8, 2018 in the Auditorium, Coeur d’ Alene Avenue Elementary School, 810 Coeur d' Alene Ave, Los Angeles, Ca 90291.

Monday, January 28, 2019

The City Council will hold a public meeting to take action on the proposed project and the environmental finding on January 28, 2018 at 7:00pm in Mike Balkman Council Chambers in City Hall.