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SPREADING GROUNDS

In addition to the flood control program, Public Works has the equally important mission of conserving as much of the storm and other waters as practicable. The use of water conservation facilities or spreading grounds adjacent to river channels and in soft-bottom channels permits water to percolate into groundwater basins for later pumping. These groundwater recharge facilities are located in areas where the underlying soils are composed of permeable formations and in hydraulic connection with the underlying aquifer.

The importance of this activity is apparent when it is realized that about 30 to 40 percent of the water used in the County is pumped from groundwater supplies. The growth of the County, combined with periodic droughts, has seriously depleted these supplies on numerous occasions. Public Works' policy is to conserve the maximum possible amount of storm water consistent with runoff quantity and quality, capacities of the spreading facilities, and groundwater conditions. The locations of Public Works' 27 Spreading Grounds Facilities are shown on the map.

List of Public Works' Spreading Grounds Facilities

1. Ben Lomond Spreading Grounds
2. Big Dalton Spreading Grounds
3. Branford Spreading Basin
4. Buena Vista Spreading Basin
5. Citrus Spreading Grounds
6. Dominguez Gap Spreading Grounds
7. Eaton Spreading Basin
8. Eaton Wash Spreading Grounds
9. Forbes Spreading Grounds
10. Hansen Spreading Grounds
11. Irwindale Spreading Grounds/Manning Pit
12. Little Dalton Spreading Grounds
13. Live Oak Spreading Grounds
14. Lopez Spreading Grounds
15. Pacoima Spreading Grounds
16. Peck Road Spreading Basin
17. Rio Hondo Coastal Spreading Grounds
18. San Gabriel River (Montebello Forebay)
19. San Gabriel River (San Gabriel Valley)
20. San Dimas Canyon Spreading Grounds
21. San Gabriel Canyon Spreading Grounds
22. San Gabriel Coastal Spreading Grounds
23. Santa Anita Spreading Grounds
24. Santa Fe Spreading Grounds
25. Sawpit Spreading Grounds
26. Valley Boulevard Rubber Dam
27. Walnut Spreading Basin

Other facilities operated in conjunction with Public Works

1. Fish Canyon Spreading Grounds (Committee of Nine)
2. Sierra Madre Spreading Grounds (City of Sierra Madre)
3. Thompson Creek Spreading Grounds (Pomona Valley Protective Association)
4. Tujunga Spreading Grounds (Los Angeles City Dept. of Water & Power)

  SPREADING GROUNDS INFORMATION
 Spreading Grounds information: basin type, number of basins, gross and wetted area, capacities, location, & source of water.
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  WATER CONSERVED DATA
 Monthly figures for imported, reclaimed, and total water conserved via groundwater recharge.
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Data and unpublished information for these facilities can be obtained by contacting the custodian of hydrologic records:

Los Angeles County Department of Public Works
Water Resources Division
P.O. Box 1460
Alhambra, CA 91802-1460
(626) 458-6120