Construction/Deployment Updates

Construction‎‎ & Deployment Updates

Due to the recent (early February 2024) severe storm event, the Interceptor’s northern trash barrier was damaged beyond repair. A replacement boom is being sourced.

Trash flowing along the southern portion of Ballona Creek will continue to be diverted toward the mouth of the Interceptor by the southern trash barrier, enabling the Interceptor to remain semi-operational.

To date, the Interceptor has prevented nearly 110 tons of trash and debris from reaching the ocean and local beaches.

LA County Public Works will continue to keep the community informed with updates on the Interceptor’s performance. If you have any questions, we encourage you to reach out to us at BallonaInterceptor@pw.lacounty.gov.

The Ballona Creek Trash Interceptor 007 is operational amid ongoing storm events and throughout the remainder of the holiday season, with both trash booms deployed to collect floating litter and debris.

Following last week’s storm events, a total of 20.3 tons of debris (the equivalent of six midsized SUVs) were offloaded from the Interceptor on Friday, December 22 and Tuesday, December 26.

Since its deployment in October 2022, the Interceptor 007 has successfully stopped over 105 tons of trash and debris from entering the Santa Monica Bay and local beaches.

Stay tuned! Los Angeles County Public Works will continue to keep the community informed with updates. If you have any questions or comments, we encourage you to contact us at BallonaInterceptor@pw.lacounty.gov

On September 23, 2023, Los Angeles County Public Works held a community event near the Ballona Creek Trash Interceptor 007 to provide updates about the Pilot Project and engage with the public. Throughout the day, residents, outdoor enthusiasts, and beachgoers eagerly approached Public Works staff to gain insight into the Interceptor and to share their appreciation for Public Works’ efforts in preventing trash from entering the Santa Monica Bay.

People had the opportunity to ask questions and share their thoughts on the Pilot Project’s first year and the changes they had observed in Ballona Creek and the surrounding beaches. In addition to sharing information about the Pilot Project, Public Works staff also helped educate participants about trash prevention and other initiatives implemented by LA County to help keep the region’s waterways clean.  

The community event not only showcased the Pilot Project’s progress but it also highlighted the importance of working together to reduce trash and keep LA County beaches clean.

As the Ballona Creek Trash Interceptor 007 Pilot Project enters its second year, the community’s sustained commitment and participation in trash prevention remain vital factors in ensuring the ongoing success of efforts to keep the region’s waterways clean and helping Los Angeles County continue to thrive.

The Ballona Creek Trash Interceptor 007 was fully deployed ahead of Tropical Storm Hilary’s arrival to the LA Region and did an incredible job. Following the major weather event and the stormflows in Ballona Creek, over 16,000 pounds of trash and debris were offloaded from the Interceptor on Tuesday, August 22. Since its launch in October 2022, the Interceptor has prevented more than 85 tons of trash and debris from reaching Santa Monica Bay and local beaches.

We invite people to learn and spread the word about the California Coastal Commission’s 39th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day scheduled for September 23, 2023, by visiting https://www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/ccd/ccd.html. There will be numerous cleanup sites across the state and our Los Angeles Region, including along Ballona Creek.

The Interceptor 007 has officially completed its first storm season in Ballona Creek. Since its deployment in October 2022, the Interceptor prevented 77.4 tons of trash and debris from reaching local beaches and the Santa Monica Bay. That’s enough to fill eight school buses!

The Interceptor’s onboard trash bins were filled and offloaded 14 times over the course of seven months. Offloaded material was transported to a local waste management facility for sorting, disposal and/or recycling. Recyclable materials were prepared for beneficial reuse to decrease the amount of waste sent to landfills.

Altogether, 2,040 pounds of plastic were recovered for recycling, equivalent to about 48,700 16-ounce plastic bottles.

The Interceptor 007 has officially completed its first storm season in Ballona Creek. Since its deployment in October 2022, the Interceptor prevented 77.4 tons of trash and debris from reaching local beaches and the Santa Monica Bay. That’s enough to fill eight school buses!

The Interceptor’s onboard trash bins were filled and offloaded 14 times over the course of seven months. Offloaded material was transported to a local waste management facility for sorting, disposal and/or recycling. Recyclable materials were prepared for beneficial reuse to decrease the amount of waste sent to landfills.

Altogether, 2,040 pounds of plastic were recovered for recycling, equivalent to about 48,700 16-ounce plastic bottles.

 

The Interceptor 007 has officially completed its first storm season in Ballona Creek. Since its deployment in October 2022, the Interceptor prevented 77.4 tons of trash and debris from reaching local beaches and the Santa Monica Bay. That’s enough to fill eight school buses!

The Interceptor’s onboard trash bins were filled and offloaded 14 times over the course of seven months. Offloaded material was transported to a local waste management facility for sorting, disposal and/or recycling. Recyclable materials were prepared for beneficial reuse to decrease the amount of waste sent to landfills.

Altogether, 2,040 pounds of plastic were recovered for recycling equivalent to about 48,700 16-ounce plastic bottles.

The Ballona Creek Trash Interceptor 007 is operational amid ongoing storm events this week, with both booms deployed to collect floating litter and debris. On Sunday, March 12, the Interceptor offloaded approximately 5.5 tons of debris.

As a result of the heavy rain and turbulent water flows experienced in Ballona Creek on March 10, the trash boom located upstream of the Interceptor at Lincoln Boulevard became inoperable. However, the Interceptor continues to collect waste downstream. Los Angeles County Public Works is working on a solution for the trash boom at Lincoln Boulevard and will continue to keep the community informed with storm event updates. 

If you have any questions, we encourage you to contact us at BallonaInterceptor@pw.lacounty.gov.

Interceptor 007 collected approximately 11 tons of trash, plastic, and debris during the major storm events from February 24-27.

To date, Interceptor 007 has prevented more than 110,000 pounds (55 tons) of trash and debris from reaching the Santa Monica Bay and local beaches since its launch in October 2022.

LA County Public Works will continue to keep the community informed with updates on the Interceptor’s performance. If you have any questions, we encourage you to contact us at BallonaInterceptor@pw.lacounty.gov.

The Interceptor 007 operations team has deployed a new permanent trash barrier on Ballona Creek’s north side jetty.

The original barrier—damaged during early January storms—will be salvaged and reused for spare parts where possible. The south jetty barrier was detached on February 8 to restore access to the creek for recreational users.

To date, the Interceptor 007 has prevented more than 42.5 tons of trash and debris from reaching local beaches and the Santa Monica Bay since its launch in October 2022.

LA County Public Works will continue to keep the community informed with updates on the Interceptor’s performance. If you have any questions, we encourage you to reach out to us at BallonaInterceptor@pw.lacounty.gov.

The Interceptor 007 has prevented 42.5 tons of trash and debris from reaching local beaches and the Santa Monica Bay since its launch in Oct 2022.

As a result of heavy winter storm conditions in early January, one of the two trash barriers (used to guide floating material into the mouth of the Interceptor for capture) detached from the north jetty and was damaged beyond repair. A replacement barrier is expected to arrive by mid-February for installation. 

Meanwhile, an interim solution has been installed to make the Interceptor fully operational for harvesting trash. LA County Public Works and Interceptor operators have connected a temporary floating barrier from the Interceptor to the north jetty to guide trash towards the vessel’s conveyer belt.

LA County Public Works will continue to monitor the situation and keep the community informed with updates. If you have any questions, we encourage you to reach out to us at BallonaInterceptor@pw.lacounty.gov.

To date, the Ballona Creek Interceptor 007 has prevented more than 42.5 tons of trash and debris from reaching the beaches and Santa Monica Bay. Due to heavy winds and strong waves during the January 9 storm event, one of the two trash barriers (used to guide floating material into the mouth of the Interceptor for capture) detached from the north jetty and was damaged beyond repair. Several floats used to maintain the barrier’s position at the surface of the river were also damaged. Los Angeles County Public Works has sourced a new boom and repairs are expected to be completed mid-February, dependent on delivery of the necessary parts.

The Interceptor remains semi-operational. While the trash barrier on the north side is down for repairs, trash flowing along the southern portion of the creek will continue to be diverted toward the mouth of the Interceptor by the south trash barrier.

The Ballona Creek Trash Interceptor is a two-year pilot project where we expected issues to arise from time-to-time as we run across different issues that impact our location.

Due to heavy winds and strong waves during the January 9 storm event, one of the two trash barriers (used to guide floating material into the mouth of the Interceptor for capture) became entangled with a mooring chain, damaging the barrier beyond repair. A number of floats used to maintain the barrier’s position at the surface of the river channel were also lost. The south jetty trash barrier remains intact, enabling the Interceptor to remain semi-operational while repairs are made.

To date, the Interceptor has prevented more than 40 tons of trash and debris from reaching the ocean and local beaches

Please stay tuned for more information and updates on the Ballona Creek Trash Interceptor 007 Pilot Project

On November 2, 2022, the first major storm of the season arrived in Los Angeles County. See how The Interceptor handled its first real-life test, helping prevent trash and debris from reaching the ocean.

The public parking lots at the intersection of 62nd Avenue and Speedway are now open and available for public use.

The Ballona Creek Trash Interceptor™ 007 has arrived in Los Angeles County and has been deployed in Ballona Creek.

Work to install interpretive panels, monitoring equipment, and other project elements is anticipated to continue through November 2022. Public parking lots at the intersection of 62nd Avenue and Speed Way will remain closed due to construction.

The Ballona Creek Trash Interceptor™ 007 has arrived in Los Angeles County. Click here to see a video of the Interceptor being prepared for transport from Malaysia and being delivered to the United States.

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