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OCTA Invests $3.4 Million to Help Protect Orange County’s Water Quality

The 10 projects throughout the county are funded by OCTA’s environmental program, which to date has prevented 60 million gallons of trash of reaching our local waterways

ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority board this week approved nearly $3.4 million to improve water quality throughout Orange County in cities from San Clemente to La Habra.

The funds come from Measure M, the half-cent sales tax Orange County voters approved for transportation improvements. Measure M, also known as OC Go, includes funding for an environmental cleanup program that awards funding on a competitive basis to cities and the County of Orange for projects with a transportation nexus that reduce impacts to water quality.

“While OCTA is focused on improving transportation to keep the people of Orange County moving safely and efficiently, these water-quality projects also show how we can take the lead on protecting our natural resources in the process,” said OCTA Chairman Gene Hernandez, also the mayor of Yorba Linda. “I’m proud of OCTA’s commitment to both goals.”

catch basin

The OCTA Board of Directors approved nearly $3.4 million for 10 projects focused on removing litter and debris from roads before reaching waterways and the ocean. These projects include purchasing or upgrading screens, filters and inserts for catch basins, as well as other devices designed to remove pollutants.

The cities and funding amounts for each project include:

Anaheim $500,000
Costa Mesa $500,000
County of Orange $500,000
Huntington Beach $500,000
Orange $436,000
San Clemente $328,000
Laguna Hills $200,000
Mission Viejo $180,000
La Habra $174,000
Newport Beach $56,000

The OCTA board has approved funding for 222 projects since the inception of this program in 2011, totaling more than $36 million. It is estimated that more than 60 million gallons of trash has been captured as a result of the installation of these devices.

For more information on the Measure M water quality program, visit

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