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Contaminated Sediments Task Force (CSTF)
Los Angeles County includes two of the nation's largest commercial ports and several major marina complexes and small-vessel harbors. Periodic dredging is needed to maintain channels and berthing areas, and to expand and modernize ports and harbors. The dense human population and extensive urbanization of the Los Angeles area have led to the discharge of pollutants into our waterways from many sources. As a result, some of the bottom sediments dredged from coastal areas contain high concentrations of heavy metals, pesticides and other contaminants. Disposal of contaminated dredged material can be difficult, since it requires special management to prevent potential adverse ecological impacts and human health risks. On October 12, 1997, Governor Wilson signed SB 673, authored by Senator Karnette of Long Beach, into law. This legislation requires the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board and the California Coastal Commission to establish a multi-agency Contaminated Sediments Task Force. It also requires the Regional Board and the Coastal Commission to actively participate in the Task Force and assist in the preparation of a long-term management plan for dredging and disposal of contaminated sediments from coastal waters of the Los Angeles Region. The management plan will consider aquatic and upland disposal alternatives, treatment, beneficial re-use and other management techniques. Additionally, the plan will include a component focused on the reduction of contaminants at their sources. This long-term management plan must be submitted to the legislature by January 1, 2003.
The Task Force includes representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, California Coastal Commission, Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, California Department of Fish and Game, Port of Long Beach, Port of Los Angeles, City of Long Beach, Los Angeles County Beaches and Harbors, Heal the Bay, and other interested parties.
Task Force reports, a schedule of upcoming meetings and summaries of past meetings are available at the Contaminated Sediments Task Force's web page. Just click on the link provided on this page.