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WATER SUPPLY BENEFITS FROM AN INTEGRATED WATERSHED APPROACH: THE LOS ANGELES EXPERIENCE

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Abstract:

The City of Los Angeles (City) has embarked on a unique approach of technical integration and community involvement to guide water resources policy decisions and facilities planning. The Integrated Resources Plan (IRP) defines a future vision of water, wastewater and runoff management for the City that explicitly recognizes the complex interrelationships that exist among all of the City's water resources activities and functions. This integrated watershed planning process is a departure from the City's traditional single-purpose planning efforts for separate agency functions (e.g., wastewater planning being done independent of water supply planning). By addressing and integrating all of the City's water resources, the City can meet its year 2020 needs in a more cost-effective, environmentally sustainable way. In addition, because the IRP was designed to meet multiple objectives, innovative water supply opportunities that were once thought to be too expensive are now within the realm of implementation-reality.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2175/193864704784148268

Publication date: January 1, 2004

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