This month the city of Los Angeles plans to initiate the construction of a stormwater capture system in and around the Penmar Recreation Center in Venice.

Construction hours for the Penmar Water Quality Improvement Project are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, with some work possible on Saturdays.

The project will install a diversion structure at Frederick Street, a new pipe connecting the storm drain to the sewer system and a detention tank at the west end of the recreation center grounds.

This will capture year-round dry and wet weather runoff for beneficial reuse from the Rose Avenue storm pipe that currently drains into Venice Beach, according to a city Department of Public Works spokeswoman.

Improved water quality water conservation and fewer beach closures are among the project’s primary objectives.

The $14-million stormwater project, funded by the voter-approved Proposition O Clean Water Bond, will also include the rehabilitation of three aging sewer reaches in the following Venice streets: Oakwood Avenue, Rialto Court and Crescent Place.

“We are proud to work on a Proposition O project that will help the city achieve its environmental goals through stormwater pollution prevention,” City Engineer Gary Lee Moore said. “We appreciate the Venice community’s patience as we complete our work.”

Enrique Zaldivar, director of the Bureau of Sanitation added, “The Penmar Water Quality Improvement Project is one of many projects that will help the city of Los Angeles keep Santa Monica Bay clean.

“We are excited to begin construction on another stormwater infrastructure improvement that will take us a step closer to full regulatory compliance for clean water.”

According to public works, some construction-related traffic impacts will occur along Rose when the existing westbound lane will be closed to accommodate work on the street along the side of the golf course.

However, traffic will be shifted to the existing center turn lane, maintaining at least one lane of traffic in each direction. Frederick Street north of Rose will also be closed, and activities at the recreation center ball field will be relocated by the Department of Recreation and Parks to other facilities.

The Department of Public Works Bureau of Sanitation, which is responsible for Los Angeles’ stormwater infrastructure, proposed this project to intercept the stormwater from the Rose storm drain, pump it through a sewer line, a trash filter to remove contaminants and into a 2.75-million gallon tank under the Penmar Recreation Center field for future irrigation use, the public works spokeswoman said.

Construction on this stormwater improvement will continue through late 2012.

Information, www.LAPropO.org, or the Department of Public Works Public Affairs Office at (213) 978-0333.

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