Metropolitan Drainage Planning in Los Angeles County

by M. E. Salsbury,

Serial Information: Journal of the Sanitary Engineering Division, 1963, Vol. 89, Issue 6, Pg. 37-48

Document Type: Journal Paper


The narrow coastal plain of the Los Angeles area between the Pacific Ocean and the sharply rising mountains is subjected to intense winter storms resulting in widespread damage from flooding. As the major flood control channels were being constructed, the region experienced phenominal growth and urbanization until, by the time outlet channels were available, the need for the collector drain system was desperate. A $400,000,000 storm drain bond issue program, administered by the Los Angeles County Flood Control District, is serving the entire regional metropolitan drainage area, encompassing more than 60 cities. Techniques used for reaching and maintaining a high rate of engineering and construction contract output are described. By implementing these techniques, such as the use of city engineering services and consulting firms for design of projects, the efficient processing of several hundred contracts averaging a million dollars in size within the space of a few years has been successfully accomplished.

Subject Headings: Urban areas | Drainage | Storms | Drainage systems | Contracts | Aerospace engineering | Consulting services | Ocean engineering | Los Angeles | California | United States | Pacific Ocean

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