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Next Steps For The LA River. Plans Move Forward With 300 Potential Rec Areas

LA RIVER BENCHES
People enjoy the wooden benches that briefly appeared on the bank of the L.A. river in Frogtown.
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Plans to reviliatize the upper Los Angeles River are moving forward after nearly two years and more than 30 public meetings.

L.A. City Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez leads the group in charge of the proposal. She says they’ve flagged more than 300 potential outdoor recreation sites along the L.A. River’s upper tributaries.

"Communities that have long been ignored from having really well planned open space and just a lack of healthy environments in those neighborhoods."

Rodriguez says more than 620,000 disadvantaged residents could benefit from the plan to restore upper portions of the L.A. River. Areas include:
  • Pacoima Wash
  • Tujunga Wash
  • Aliso Canyon Wash
  • Arroyo Seco

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The proposal goes next to the Los Angeles City Council for approval.

Notably absent in the organization's documentation is a clear budget, which, given massive downturns in local, state and federal revenues, may be in question regardless. In 2015, the cost of the project was estimated at $1.3 billion when it was approved by a review board for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which has oversight of the nation's rivers.

You can read Volume 1 of the plan via the embedded images above or go to the Upper L.A. River Working Group's website to see more documentation.

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