Official Resolution in Support of the Selection of Alternative 20
WHEREAS, the Los Angeles River is the lifeblood of our community and a vital resource to be restored and protected; and
WHEREAS, in 2006, the Los Angeles City Council approved an agreement with the US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) for the Los Angeles River Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study (Study); and
WHEREAS, in 2013, the Corps has developed a final array of four alternatives for the Study, and only Alternative 20 includes both significant restoration at the Los Angeles River's confluence with the Verdugo Wash near the City's border with the City of Glendale, and the only substantial western bank connection-providing a profound hydrological link between the Los Angeles State Historic Park and the river; and
WHEREAS, these two areas provide critical wildlife habitat connectivity to the Verdugo and Elysian Hills, respectively, and are included in the five key opportunity areas of the City Council-adopted Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan, which the US Congress directed the Corps to consider; and
WHEREAS, Alternative 20 provides the most robust ecosystem restoration outcomes while also providing four times more jobs than the Corps-preferred alternative, and will thereby most appropriately redress historic environmental injustices that resulted from the river’s channelization—providing new public access to natural open spaces, improving public health, stimulating regional and local economies, and enhancing the quality of life in Los Angeles
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the undersigned supports the selection and full implementation of Alternative 20 by the United States Army Corps of Engineers to restore our Los Angeles River.
By signing, you agree to submit your name as an official public comment regarding implementation of the Los Angeles River Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study.