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An outfall is needed to discharge concentrate generated by the new Advanced Water Purification Facility (AWPF), as part of the VenturaWaterPure, potable reuse project. Additionally, the outfall will support wet weather flows that exceed the AWPF capacity and in event of an AWPF shutdown.
The outfall will be designed to mitigate any potential impacts to the environment and wildlife. The impacts were evaluated in the Ventura Water Supply Projects Environment Impact Report, and the City will comply with all identified mitigation measures.
It is anticipated that the construction of the outfall will take place in 2024.
A very thorough evaluation took place prior to selecting the Marina Park location, including a study to evaluate the use of existing outfalls previously abandoned. Ultimately Marina Park was the only location that avoided subsurface obstructions and fault lines, provided enough construction workspace, and would increase the overall protection for the pipelines offshore. Additional information on that evaluation is discussed in the Ventura Water Supply Projects Environmental Impact Report.
Any impacts to Marina Park are expected to be temporary. During construction of the outfall a portion of the park will need to be closed. While the project is still in its early stages, and more information will be available during the design phase, it is anticipated that approximately 65 percent of the park will remain open to the public during construction. After construction is completed, the park will be restored to its pre-construction condition.