ProjectOne Water LA 2040 Plan - Grants and Funding Assistance, 2015 - 2017
EWC served as an in-house consultant and Owner’s Representative to the City of LA for the groundbreaking One Water LA 2040 Plan, managed by LASAN’s Wastewater Engineering Services Division from 2014 – 2018. EWC staff worked side-by-side with LASAN staff and assisted in the management of both their external Consultant team’s work and internal innovative projects, such as recycled water in concrete, SW capture at LAUSD sites, and LA Zoo’s use of recycled water.
Phase 1 was a major effort launched to foster integration and inclusiveness throughout the City. EWC played a key role this Phase which provided the direction and tone the development of the Plan to be accomplished in Phase 2. Tasks EWC was responsible for included: 1) Assembling the Steering committee comprised of 19 City departments and regional agencies; 2) Assisting with the development of Phase 1’s Vision, Objectives, and Guiding Principles to guide the Plan’s development and serve as a framework for enhanced collaboration and coordination; 3) Advising on One Water LA plan components, and the level of coordination needed with City departments, regional entities and the public, individual and joint-departmental projects; 4) Identifying funding strategies for water-related project implementation; 5) Drafting major elements of the scope for Phase 2.
Phase 2 consisted of 19 tasks essential to the Plan’s completion. EWC Team:
- Provided significant leadership and assistance for key components: wastewater and stormwater facilities plan; recycled water plans, LA River study, climate resiliency and climate change strategies for water infrastructure. Provided mentoring and guidance to City staff as senior or experienced professionals.
- Served as task lead for grant and other funding opportunities, the development of recommended One Water policies and programs, and communications and public engagement strategies.
- Frequently represented the One Water LA City staff team in meetings with the Mayor’s office, other City departments, regional agencies, and the public. EWC worked with all staff levels, from General Managers and executive management to junior staff. This experience has given the EWC Team a deep understanding the complexities of the City’s Public Works Department and its inner workings.
- Led meetings on behalf of the City with numerous jurisdictional agencies throughout LA County and the State
- Reviewed the external Consultants’ work, as well as technical reports and planning documents from multiple city departments and regional agencies to identify opportunities and provide recommendations on how to better integrate stormwater capture, water conservation, use of recycled water and additional water management strategies.
- Provided strategic guidance on stakeholder engagement efforts including meeting planning, facilitation and on-going communications and developed strategies to increase stakeholder diversity and participation during the Plan’s development.
- Investigated and evaluated additional funding opportunities and mechanisms including new revenue streams, public private partnerships and cost-sharing with amongst city departments and regional agencies. EWC also worked with City staff in determining specific projects and programs for Proposition 1 funding.
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