Los Angeles Approves $1 Billion River Restoration
The City of Los Angeles approved the $1 Billion “Alternative 20″ plan to restore an 11-mile stretch of the Los Angeles River. The restoration project is a collaboration between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the city of Los Angeles.
Mayor Eric Garcetti commented on the City Council’s decision:
“I congratulate and thank the City Council for its unanimous approval of the plan to restore the Los Angeles River. Today’s vote is the result of more than a decade of hard work — and takes us another step forward in our effort to transform a waterway with a rich history, and great potential for our city’s future.”
The Los Angeles River Ecosystem Restoration project encompasses restoration measures in and along an 11-mile stretch of the river to reestablish scarce riparian strand, freshwater marsh, and aquatic habitat, while maintaining existing levels of flood risk management. Habitat connections will be reestablished at major tributaries within the river’s historic floodplain, and to regional habitat zones of the Santa Monica, San Gabriel, and Verdugo mountains. The plan will restore approximately 719 acres by widening the river in key areas by terracing and restructuring channel banks to support vegetation, creating side channels and off-channel marsh, daylighting small streams, and removing invasive vegetation. Associated recreation features include trails, vista points, educational amenities, and pedestrian bridges.