A two-year study that seeks to determine the potential ecological and recreational effects of diverting treated wastewater effluent and runoff from the Los Angeles River for water recycling purposes held its first stakeholder meeting in March in Los Angeles to get feedback on the study design.
At the meeting, which attracted about 50 people, stakeholders provided feedback on how the river is being used, key habitat and species considerations, and management options for offsetting impacts.
Stakeholders also began discussing whether to expand the study to evaluate impacts to water quality, and whether to add additional L.A. River tributaries to the study design. The next stakeholder meeting will be in fall 2019.
The environmental flows study, which is being facilitated by SCCWRP, marks the first effort by California’s water-quality management community to understand how sensitive species, habitats and other beneficial uses will be impacted as increased water recycling practices reduce land-based discharges to the river. Three wastewater treatment plants discharge into the effluent-dominated L.A. River.
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