LA River Restoration

05/27/2014 1:06 pm0 commentsViews: 32
If you come down to the River Bet you're gonna some people who live. Photos by Gary McCarthy

If you come down to the River Bet you’re gonna some people who live.
Photos by Gary McCarthy

 

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Supported by Democrat Barbara Boxer, California’s
junior senator, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is trying to prevail on the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to approve a $1 billion plan to restore Los
Angeles River habitat — more than twice the amount recommended by the Corps’
staff, it was reported today.
On a recent trip to the nation’s capital, Garcetti made sure to call on
Jo-Ellen Darcy, who, as assistant Army secretary for civil works, is critical
to L.A.’s efforts to win federal approval for an ambitious habitat restoration
plan and provide recreational opportunities along an 11-mile stretch of the
waterway north of downtown, the Los Angeles Times reported.
L.A city officials have asked the Army Corps of Engineers, which manages
the river as a flood control channel, to approve a $1 billion renovation
plan, but the corps’ staff has recommended a $453-million alternative, which is
why Garcetti and his most powerful congressional ally — Boxer – are stepping
up their efforts in Washington, the newspaper reported. They want to persuade
Darcy, the Army Corps brass and the White House to back the costlier plan.
Garcetti discussed the project last fall with President Barack Obama and
has taken administration officials on tours of the river.
“At the end of the day, I think we have a president who can help,”
Garcetti told The Times.
Boxer, head of the Senate committee overseeing corps projects, added
that she is so strongly committed to the more ambitious alternative that she
has no fallback position.
“My Plan B is to make sure Plan A happens,” she told The Times.
Garcetti is offering to split the costs if the corps approves the more
expansive project, according to The Times.

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