CITY HALL -- Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell issued this statement following the announcement by Mayor Eric Garcetti and Los Angeles District Commander Col. Kim Colloton that the plan to restore the Los Angeles River was unanimously approved by the Civil Works Review Board of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Washington, D.C.
“I am extremely pleased to hear the latest announcement from the Mayor regarding revitalization of the Los Angeles River,” said Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, who chairs the City’s Arts, Parks, and LA River Committee. “The Mayor and I have heard from Angelenos, and they want a river that has a restored habitat to the greatest degree possible, as well as a space that enhances the quality of life for the one million Angelenos who live within a mile of the river. We must act now to reverse the decline of wildlife species in the last several decades, because we’re about to reach the point of no return.”
The Los Angeles River Ecosystem Restoration project proposes restoration measures in and along an 11-mile stretch of the river from Griffith Park to downtown Los Angeles. The proposed plans call for reestablishing the riverbed and wildlife habitat while maintaining existing levels of flood risk management.
According to the Army Corps plan, the $1 billion project will take place over close to three decades, and restore approximately 719 acres by widening the river in key areas. Associated recreation features include trails, vista points, educational amenities, and pedestrian bridges.