Flood Control, Water Conservation, and Urban Change

by James L. Easton, Los Angeles County, Dep of Public, Works, Los Angeles, CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Forum '86: World Water Issues in Evolution


Los Angeles County has one of the largest, most complex and effective systems of flood control and water conservation facilities in the United States. It includes 14 major dams, 125 debris basins, 470 miles of improved open channels, 1,800 miles of storm drain, 55,000 catch basins, 29 groundwater recharge spreading basins, 23 pump plants, and 3 sea water intrusion barrier projects. As urbanization continues to spread into new areas and become even more pronounced in already developed areas, new problems are arising that require innovative solutions, which the paper discusses.

Subject Headings: Municipal water | Water conservation | Drainage basins | Recharge basins | Retention basins | Floods | Urban areas | Control systems | California | United States | Los Angeles

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