Action: Capture and treat stormwater and dry weather flows before they reach the river channel for groundwater recharge, direct use, water recycling, or release for downstream beneficial uses.
The primary sources of water flowing into the LA River are wet weather (stormwater) runoff originating from precipitation on the watershed and dry weather inputs from the watershed, including incidental urban runoff and groundwater upwelling.
The dominant source of dry-weather flow is recycled water discharge from the Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant (DCTWRP), the Los Angeles Glendale Water Reclamation Plant (LAGWRP), and the Burbank Water Reclamation Plant (BWRP). Much of this flow originates from waters imported from outside the LA River watershed. Projects that strategically capture and treat these flows before they reach the river would expand water supply opportunities and improve water quality in the watershed and along the river corridor.
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LACDPW, 2010, LA County Watershed Model Configuration and Calibration --Part I: Hydrology, LADWP, 2015, Stormwater Capture Master Plan, August 2015. Prepared by Geosyntec.