Company:
OC Public Works
Status:
Awarded
Awarded:
Sustainable Engineering Project of the Year
Additional Files
General Abstract Discussing Project
Overal Schematic Detailing Surface Improvements and LID Features
OC Register Article regarding interest in the project.
Additional Information

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Glassell Yard Campus Stormwater Low-Impact Development Retrofit Project

Project Location:

OC Public Works Glassell Campus located at 2301 N. Glassell Street, Orange, CA 92865

Project Description:

OC Public Works, the Orange County Flood Control District, and the State Water Resources Control Board have partnered to make a difference in stormwater treatment and philosophy in Orange County. The Glassell Campus Stormwater Low-Impact Development (LID) Retrofit Project is a Proposition 84 Grant funded opportunity to showcase and demonstrate how to transform a 9.4 acre light industrial/commercial site into a state-of-the-art stormwater capture, treatment, outreach, and research center.
The Project improves water quality within the Santa Ana River Watershed using a stormwater Best Management Practices LID process train to reduce storm water runoff; infiltrate water into the groundwater table; capture storm water for re-use; treat storm drain discharge; and to educate visitors through an integrated and interactive public outreach program highlighting features of the improvements. In addition, OC Public Works has extended opportunities to local and international universities to research the efficacy of these technologies and to use the facility as a demonstration center to increase awareness of stormwater related issues and showcase how various Low-Impact Development technologies can be utilized within existing and proposed sites.

Project Justification:

The goal of the project is to demonstrate how Low-Impact Development Stormwater Best Management Practices can be integrated within proposed or existing project sites to improve stormwater quality, minimize the migration of pollutants, and maximize the availability of water resources within a watershed. The campus is frequently visited by numerous water sector agencies that interface and partner with the County. By integrated the technologies at this site, the sector agencies receive a first-hand glimpse of available treatment technologies and to monitor their performance over time. It gives OC Public Works an opportunity to “Practice What We Preach”.

Special Circumstances:

The project has the attention and support of the State Water Resources Control Board who chose to award the project with a 2.9 million dollar Proposition 84 Grant. The project has also received support and interest from numerous city agencies within Orange County and elsewhere who are interested in observing the efficacy of the various Stormwater Low-Impact Development BMPs that will be implemented across the site. In addition, OC Public Works has reached out to the University of California, Irvine and University of California, Riverside and granted them access to conduct research of various bioswale media configurations within test beds that will be constructed as part of the project.

Project Attachments:

The project adopts the forward looking perspective that urban runoff should be managed as a resource rather than as something that must be quickly conveyed away and discarded. In this way it affects change and has a direct impact on stormwater quality within the Santa Ana River Watershed. The project also promotes innovation throughout the community through its use as an outreach venue; by promoting, testing, and demonstrating the use of such technologies with this project, others can see how they can integrate such technologies into their development or redevelopment programs.

Award Citation::

The Glassell Campus Stormwater Low-Impact Development (LID) Retrofit Project is a Proposition 84 Grant funded opportunity to showcase and demonstrate how to transform a 9.4 acre light industrial/commercial site into a state-of-the-art stormwater capture, treatment, outreach, and research center.

Suggested Award Summary:

OC Public Works, the Orange County Flood Control District, and the State Water Resources Control Board have partnered to make a difference in stormwater treatment and philosophy in Orange County. The Glassell Campus Stormwater Low-Impact Development (LID) Retrofit Project is a Proposition 84 Grant funded opportunity to showcase and demonstrate how to transform a 9.4 acre light industrial/commercial site into a state-of-the-art stormwater capture, treatment, outreach, and research center.

The Project improves water quality within the Santa Ana River Watershed using a stormwater Best Management Practices LID process train to reduce storm water runoff; infiltrate water into the groundwater table; capture storm water for re-use; treat storm drain discharge; and to educate visitors through an integrated and interactive public outreach program highlighting features of the improvements. In addition, OC Public Works has extended opportunities to local and international universities to research the efficacy of these technologies and to use the facility as a demonstration center to increase awareness of stormwater related issues and showcase how various Low-Impact Development technologies can be utilized within existing and proposed sites.

The goal of the project is to demonstrate how Low-Impact Development Stormwater Best Management Practices can be integrated within proposed or existing project sites to improve stormwater quality, minimize the migration of pollutants, and maximize the availability of water resources within a watershed. The campus is frequently visited by numerous water sector agencies that interface and partner with the County. By integrated the technologies at this site, the sector agencies receive a first-hand glimpse of available treatment technologies and to monitor their performance over time. It gives OC Public Works an opportunity to “Practice What We Preach”.

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