Why are we paying $137,500 to Torrance?

At the March 17, 2020 Council Meeting – an MOU (Memoranda of Understanding) between the Beach Cities Group was approved.

Why? Working together, the cities of Torrance, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach & Redondo Beach will share a grant & project costs to create a Green Streets project designed to reduce pollution levels by infiltrating large amounts of dry and wet weather urban runoff.

The City of Torrance in partnership with the other parties submitted a successful application to the California State Coastal Conservancy and Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission and has been awarded a Proposition 12 Santa Monica Bay Restoration Grant for $2 Million for the design & construction of the Beach Cities Green Streets Project.

Beach Cities Green Streets objectives are to:

  1. Retrofit existing impervious areas & parkways within the public rights-of-way with green infrastructure to improve coastal water quality by providing  pollutant load reduction through capture, treatment & where possible infiltration of stormwater & associated pollutant loads and
  2. Reduce peak runoff rate & total volume of stormwater discharged to Santa Monica Bay from a combined 198-acre area of the analysis regions.

The primary streets included in the City of Redondo Beach are portions of Anita, Ford, Steinhart, Goodman, Pullman & Belmont.

Why were these Redondo streets chosen? This area is very susceptible to flooding. Using Green Street practices such as permeable surfaces and catch basins under the street we can curtail the flooding, reduce urban runoff into the ocean and capture the pollution of the runoff before it reaches the ocean.

The total estimated cost of the project is a little over $5 Million for which the Beach Cities Group (Torrance, Redondo, Manhattan, Hermosa) have been awarded $2 Million. The design & engineering cost estimate of $550,000 will be shared among the 4 cities at $137,500 each.

A second MOU will be presented at future date for construction. Cost-sharing will be based on the relative benefit to each city. This MOU & project will give us an opportunity for us to apply for Measure W funds (Safe, Clean Water Program) to help with the construction costs.