Nearly $3 Million Awarded to Improve Water Quality
By: O.C. Supervisor Lisa Bartlett
The Orange County Transportation Authority board recently allocated nearly $3 million to improve water quality in Orange County.
The funds come from Measure M, a half-cent sales tax approved by Orange County voters in 2006 for transportation improvements. The ballot measure includes funding for an environmental cleanup program that awards money on a competitive basis to cities and the county for projects that reduce the impacts of water pollution related to transportation.
Protecting the county’s natural resources, while at the same time improving the transportation network, is a key promise made to voters in Measure M.
After reviewing 26 applications from 20 cities and the County of Orange, the OCTA board approved to make $2.9 million available for 18 projects focused on removing visible pollutants, such as litter and debris, from roads before they reach waterways. These projects include purchasing or upgrading screens, filters and inserts for catch basins, as well as other devices designed to remove pollutants.
The following cities, along with the County of Orange, received funding: Fullerton, La Habra, Orange, Westminster, Mission Viejo, Tustin, Buena Park, Lake Forest, Fountain Valley, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, Irvine, Cypress, Garden Grove, Anaheim, Brea and Laguna Hills.
The OCTA board has approved funding for 102 projects since the inception of this program in 2011, totaling just more than $11 million. An estimated half million cubic feet of trash has since been captured as a result of the installation of these devices.
For more information of the Measure M water quality program, visit octa.net/water.
The full list of projects is here.