Playa Vista was honored by the California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA) with the 2006 Outstanding Stormwater Best Management Practice Implementation Project Award.

The association said Playa Vista’s Stormwater Management Program and Freshwater Marsh system have resulted in a net reduction of pollutants to the Ballona Wetlands, the Ballona Channel and Santa Monica Bay.

“The improvement to not one, but three local water resources proves the value of using a regional approach to solve storm-water quality issues,” said Steve Soboroff, Playa Vista president.

The project includes the 51-acre Freshwater Marsh and Riparian Corridor system, which collects stormwater runoff and serves as a natural water filter by removing contaminants before the water enters the Santa Monica Bay.

Located along the base of the Westchester Bluffs and at the southeast corner of Lincoln and Jefferson Boulevards, the freshwater system consists of habitat areas such as open water, marsh, willow scrub woodland and mixed riparian.

Playa Vista was nominated for the award by GeoSyntec Consultants, a California Stormwater Quality Association member.

GeoSyntec assisted Playa Vista in developing and implementing the stormwater management plan, which treats urban stormwater from more than 1,000 acres in both and offsite drainage areas.