Reps. Roybal-Allard, Schiff, Gomez Applaud Significant Funding for Los Angeles River Restoration Project
Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) and Congressmen Adam Schiff (CA-28) and Jimmy Gomez (CA-34) are applauding the first significant federal funding for the Los Angeles River Restoration Project, which was announced in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ newly released Work Plan for Fiscal Year 2020. The Army Corps’ plan includes $1.857 million for preconstruction engineering and design (PED) activities for LA River restoration.
“I am delighted that the Army Corps of Engineers' Fiscal Year 2020 Work Plan provides critical funding to revitalize the LA River,” said Rep. Roybal-Allard. “As a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, I have fought hard to ensure the Army Corps has the funding it needs to move forward with this project, and I will keep up that fight in the years to come as we keep working to restore the river in our Southeast communities. Restoring the LA River in the Southeast will improve the health and quality of life for families near the river, and provide these neighborhoods with much-needed new green space for recreation.”
“The funding announced by the Army Corps of Engineers this week marks an important milestone in the decades-long effort to restore the Los Angeles River to its original natural beauty,” said Rep. Schiff. “I will continue working with the City of Los Angeles and the Corps to build further momentum on this project to revitalize the river’s aquatic ecosystem and provide much-needed green space for all Angelenos.”
“Strong federal investments toward revitalizing the Los Angeles River represent a major victory for our constituents, our city’s diverse communities, and the wildlife whose lives depend on the river’s ecosystem,” said Rep. Gomez. “The Los Angeles River provides us with a unique opportunity to prioritize green spaces for all Angelinos while also strengthening the river’s habitat connectivity. I deeply appreciate the efforts by the Army Corps of Engineers to transform this historic waterway.”
“The L.A. River is an iconic treasure — a place that holds a special place in the history of our city and limitless potential for the future of our communities,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Thanks to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, we will have the funding to help our river reach its full potential, restore an incredible natural habitat in the heart of Los Angeles, and connect more Angelenos to this remarkable resource in our own backyard.”
The Army Corps funding will revitalize more than 700 acres of open space along a stretch of the Los Angeles River from Griffith Park to downtown Los Angeles. It is the first federal funding for the Los Angeles River Ecosystem Restoration Project since FY17 and FY16, when the project received $400,000 and $100,000, respectively, for PED activities.
In April 2019, Reps. Roybal-Allard, Schiff, Gomez, and 12 colleagues from the Los Angeles area urged the House Appropriations Committee to provide strong funding for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In the appropriations legislation that passed in December, Congress increased funding for the Corps by nearly 10% for Fiscal Year 2020—a 50% increase from the President’s budget request. This funding supports the Corps’ important ongoing civil works projects across the nation, including the Los Angeles River Ecosystem Restoration Project.