Rancho Palos Verdes City Council
   

TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL

FROM: DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS

DATE: APRIL 1, 2003

SUBJECT: LETTER OF SUPPORT FOR WATER QUALITY MEASURE

IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY

RECOMMENDATION

Authorize the Mayor to sign a letter of support for pending federal legislation creating funding for storm water quality activities in Los Angeles County.

DISCUSSION

A current bill before the United States House of Representatives sponsored by California Representatives Dreier and Roybal-Allard includes $4 million in the fiscal year 2004 appropriations for a storm water trash mitigation pilot project for the Los Angeles River. Staff recommends that the City of Rancho Palos Verdes support this legislation. The proposed funding will not directly impact water quality within the City of Rancho Palos Verdes, however, staff believes that supporting the bill is a good idea since it provides funding for a local need, and perhaps more importantly, it brings to the attention of lawmakers the high cost of water quality.

Attached is a copy of the proposed letter of support.

Respectfully Submitted,
Dean E. Allison
Director of Public Works

Reviewed,
Les Evans
City Manager

March 19, 2003

Congresswoman Jane Harman
U.S. House of Representatives

Washington, DC 20515

RE: Storm Water Trash Mitigation Project – FY 2004

Dear Congresswoman Harman:

On behalf of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes I am writing this letter to encourage your support of the efforts by Representatives Lucille Roybal-Allard and David Dreier to include $4 million in the Fiscal Year 2004VA/HUD/Independent Agencies Appropriations bill’s EPA account for a storm water trash mitigation pilot project in Los Angeles County. They, along with former Representative Steve Horn were successful in securing $450,000 for this important effort in the FY03 bill.

The City of Rancho Palos Verdes is interested in more accurately determining the characteristics, sources and quantity of trash entering the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Rivers. The funding would be used to design and construct regional mitigation measures to eliminate the discharge of trash into the rivers from these cities.

A recent University of Southern California study concluded that the 84 cities in Los Angeles County face a staggering cost – perhaps in excess of $100 billion – as a result of storm water regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board. We are committed to fulfilling the goals of the Clean Water Act, but are concerned that the regulations, as presently interpreted, establish standards that will be unduly expensive and ultimately unachievable. My hope is that you will support the request for the funds for this important and worthwhile initiative in the FY04 appropriations bill so that we can find effective ways of achieving storm water trash mitigation objectives.

I would appreciate your support of Representatives Roybal-Allard and Dreier’s important effort. Please call me if you need any additional information or have any questions. Thank you for your attention and consideration.

Sincerely,
Douglas W. Stern
City Mayor