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Val Lerch Attends Presentation by Congresswoman Linda Sanchez
Environmental Enhancements to Paramount Boulevard

The bill primarily funds transportation projects such as more freeway lanes and road improvement projects.  However, Congresswoman Sanchez was able to secure funds for innovative environmental enhancements to local road improvement projects, one of which is in Long Beach.  Congresswoman Sanchez was joined by Long Beach Mayor Beverly O’Neill, 9th District Councilman Val Lerch and officials from CalTrans, Los Angeles Department of Public Works, Los Angeles and San Gabriel River Watershed Council and the Rivers and Mountains Conservancy to unveil the plans for the environmentally conscious road project.


Long Beach project will receive $480,000 to improve Paramount Boulevard, which will include the installation of environmental features such as “bio-retention tree wells” that receive storm water from the gutter and also naturally absorb and clean street water instead of allowing it to flow untreated into storm drains and to our local beaches and ocean.


Bio-retention removes storm water pollutants through physical and biological processes, including absorption, filtration, plant uptake, microbial activity, decomposition, sedimentation and volatilization.  Bio-retention areas can provide excellent pollutant removal and recharge for the “first flush” of storm water runoff.  Properly designed cells remove suspended solids, metals, and nutrients, and can infiltrate an inch or more of rainfall.