This project does not belong anywhere on the Greenbelt because dozens of the trees will be killed, and we should, instead, be preserving them.
Tetra Tech's current design illustrates removal of 38 trees, almost all of them being the very tall, mature trees. This is in direct contradiction to the arborist's recommendations clearly outlined in his report (see attached). Also, their design calls for replacement trees, not one of the eight species being California native, and only
three of the ten ground covers being native to California, a mere 16.6 percent (see img 2436).
Even if the project was moved to South Park, using the alternate design where diversion pipes would be placed beneath the wood chip path, the necessity to remove this entire group of trees exists due to insufficient footage between the tree's critical root zone and the wood chip path (see img 2435). It would be impossible to avoid the roots during excavation, and cutting or damaging these roots in any way within the critical root zone would severely impact the health and stability of the trees. These roots are actually visible above ground in several locations, an obvious indication that they would be encountered when digging just a narrow trench (see img 2624, 2630 through 2634).
The arborist's report states:
"Tree survival depends on adequate protection of the Critical Root Zone during construction. If the project footprint interferes with the Critical Root Zone of any tree throughout the construction process, the tree should be considered for removal and replacement instead of protection and preservation in order to avoid creating hazardous conditions.".
Please note that among the mature trees are Torrey Pines, a California native tree, although not it their natural habitat here, has been designated by the California Native Plant Society as 1.B.2, “rare or endangered in California and elsewhere," and their state ranking is S1, critically imperiled.
Due to the reasons discussed above and the undeniable fact that the beautiful, glorious tress that exist today, which have been here for many decades, are what give the Greenbelt its distinctive character and are such a vital component of our unique city. As such, we much respect them and protect them.
Judith A. Mango
Councilmember Hany Fangary
11:52 AM (3 hours ago)
Judith, thanks for your input, I appreciate it. From: Judith A. Mango <email@example.com> Sent: Tuesday, October 9, 2018 10:43 AM To: Mayor Jeff Duclos <
Mayor Pro Tem Stacey Armato
1:49 PM (1 hour ago)
Thank you, Judith, for sending this over.
Sent from my iPhone
As many of my dear neighbors have written letters and voiced their concerns with this project we wholeheartedly agree that 1) the size and scope of this project does not belong in Hermosa Beach and especially not 50ft from our homes 2) Our HOME in which we have lived in for 12 years most likely will never be the same. Please consider all of the very intelligently thoughts and research thru comments, letters, charts, voices and realize we are not against cleaning up the oceans, however not at our homes expense. Move this project!!!!!!!!! Please. Thank you!
Mayor Jeff Duclos, Mayor Pro Tem Stacey Armato and members of the Hermosa Beach City Council:
Heal the Bay is a nonprofit organization with over 30 years of experience and 15,000 members dedicated to making the coastal waters and watersheds of Greater Los Angeles safe, healthy and clean. On behalf of Heal the Bay, we respectfully submit the following comments in support of the Hermosa Beach Greenbelt Infiltration Project.
Stormwater runoff is now the number one source of pollution in our rivers, lakes and ocean. The highly urbanized watersheds of LA County allow billions of gallons of stormwater to flow directly to the ocean, taking oil, trash, fecal bacteria and other contaminants with it. This poses a serious risk to public and environmental health, and brings water quality below federal standards, leaving cities vulnerable to violation fines up to $25,000 per day in the near future.
The Herondo Drain outfall is the largest storm drain in the Beach Cities watershed area. Heal the Bay has been monitoring water quality at the Herondo St. Storm Drain site for over twenty years. This site has received an annual F grade during wet weather 17 times on the Heal the Bay Beach Report Card. Since 2000, it has not received an annual wet weather grade above a C, and has received an annual F grade during wet weather for 85% of the past 19 years. Fecal Indicator Bacteria levels this high increase the risk of gastrointestinal illness for any Hermosa Beach resident and visitor that comes in contact with this contaminated stormwater runoff. In order to protect our environment, protect the health of residents and visitors of the Beach Cities community, and be in compliance with federal law, the pollution from stormwater discharge at the Herondo Drain outfall must be addressed.
The Hermosa Beach Greenbelt Infiltration Projects does just that: addresses stormwater discharge from the Herondo Drain outfall. This projects was identified through technical modeling as the highest priority project with the greatest reduction in pollutant discharge. As a project of the Enhanced Water Management Program (EWMP), it will also provide multiple benefits to the local community, including those who reside within 500 feet of the proposed project site, by utilizing nature based solutions for pollutant remediation. Additionally, the investment that has been made in development of this project is significant. We are concerned that considering alternative project locations to address the stormwater discharge from the Herondo Drain outfall would increase project cost, and delay project completion, potentially leaving all cities under the Beach Cities EWMP group in violation of the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System permit. However, we encourage the City to conduct additional community outreach as the planning continues for this important project.
Thorough public review of a draft environmental impact report (DEIR) for this project will ensure that benefits of the project are maximized, and that any nuisance is minimized both during construction and after project completion. Heal the Bay intends to participate in public review of the DEIR to ensure that public and environmental health is protected, that the community in the immediate project area receive the additional community investment assured by the EWMP, and that any negative impacts from this project are minimized. We request that an investigation of each of the proposed alternative sites be included in the DEIR, particularly the South Park Project, which seems to be the most feasible alternative to the Hermosa Beach Greenbelt Infiltration Project. However, considering the benefits of the greenbelt project and the investment that has been made in development of this project, it should remain a high priority for the Beach Cities EWMP group.
Thank you for this opportunity to comment. If you have any questions, please contact Annelisa Moe at (310) 451-1500 X139 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Water Quality Scientist
Heal the Bay
I am discussed that this is STILL BEING considered for Greenbelt, South Park or anywhere in HB! I challenge the statement HB adds 14% of the waste water. This is one of two largest waste-drains in LA County. It is a current river of toxins being dumped in a location which should be a historical site for HB. Please cancel consideration, this is not like a little project under the HB pier, that is like a baby's blow up pool, vs. 3 Olympic Size pools of waste from miles around. Just image what is all in this brown waste drain from S. Bay Galleria, Streets, dumpsters, parking lots miles around....Brian Hilgers STOP THIS-MOVE IT
The Greenbelt is designated an O-S-1 zone by Municipal Code 17.32.040. Per 17.32.030, the list of permitted improvements to it is brief and specific: landscaping, beautification, erosion control and irrigation improvements or relating to anti-seawater intrusion wells as an existing use. A storm water infiltration facility is none of these.
You, the members of the city council, have wasted years of planning and hundreds of thousands of dollars for a project on the Greenbelt that is not permitted by Municipal Code and is therefore outside the bounds of your authority. The Greenbelt’s zoning requires a public vote before this project can be sited on it.
Dear Hermosa Beach City Council members:
The people of this community have put thousands of hours and had countless meetings and have spoken to the Hermosa Beach City Council many, many times over the past seven months in an effort to convince the City Council members that the Stormwater Infiltration project has no place on the Greenbelt or in South Park.
We have shown that these two sites are not viable not only from an engineering standpoint, but from a common sense standpoint.
For example, the mathematics of the water table under the Greenbelt just don’t add up for an infiltration project of any size. It simply is not viable there.
The health and safety of our babies and our children is being placed directly at risk, and will be for generations.
And the equity in the homes surrounding any project like this near homes will be severely affected — the equity that people have worked their entire lives to build — all of it vanishing overnight.
Let all of us work together to find an equitable solution that involves ALL the responsible parties within the Watershed Management District. Hermosa Beach should not have to bear all the burden alone.
The Mooring HOA
501 Herondo Street
I strongly oppose this project on the Greenbelt. I believe there are strong reasons to seriously consider Dominguez Park (with its access to existing storm water infiltration) or the AES plant location. Placing this on our beloved Greenbelt, placing dozens of homes at risk of damage, upending the lives of all residents while this massive project is built, is unadvisable, both from a quality of life standpoint, as well as from a litigation standpoint. Have you not remembered your lessons from E&B Oil? Please reconsider this ridiculous project.
Please see the attached two letters which discuss liquefaction and groundwater level concerns pertaining to the Greenbelt Infiltration Project.
As you mentioned on the report for tonight’s agenda related to the Proposed Infiltration Project, Hermosa Beach accounts for only 13.6% of the Design and Construction Cost among the cities of Redondo Beach, Torrance and Manhattan Beach. Also, Hermosa Beach accounts for only 5% of the Total EWMP (Enhanced Watershed Management Program) area per the March 2018 report (table ES-1). As a result, we propose to build a portion of the Stormwater Infiltration Project on the Beach Infiltration Trench at the end of the Herondo drain, and the rest of the project to be built in Redondo Beach.
Redondo Beach accounts for 50.8% of the overall design and construction project, and its Total EWMP area is 25%. Therefore, the equitable solution would be for Redondo Beach to assume its fair share of the responsibility for the proper handling of their stormwater.
All the cities want this project to be executed. Therefore, we believe this is one of the best solutions.
Dear Council Members:
I oppose the Greenbelt Infiltration Project and this is just one of the reasons why.
Please read below part of the article from the LA Times dated, March 28, 1999
Century Freeway: Caltrans' 'Dirty Little Secret’
Caltrans is spending more that $60 million to repair damage to the Century Freeway from an underground water table that the designers ignored. Rising and falling water levels undermine the earth supporting the roadway. The erosion problem is worse from the storm drains that run beneath the freeway and shoulder.
1. 1960's decision: Community pressure forced Caltrans to drop roadbed 20-30 feet to keep it out of sight of neighborhoods.
2. Roadway undermined: When the water table rises, it causes soil to erode, thereby undermining the roadway. Cracks occur and pavement can shift or collapse.
3. Drain system: A network of inlets and pipes were designed to move surface water but has been compromised by the rising aquifer.
4. Wells: Wells have been installed to lower the water level in the aquifer. The water that is removed goes into the L.A. River and eventually to the ocean.
1995: Pavement collapses at Bellflower Boulevard on ramp as drainage pipes are submerged by a rising water table and soil around pipes erode, creating holes in the ground above.
I am just wondering what would happen to our homes if you agree to support the Greenbelt Infiltration Project, ignoring the water table and liquefaction.