LA River Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study

Los Angeles River Ecosystem Restoration Study

The Los Angeles River Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study

 

**The Los Angeles City Council adopted the Study on June 29, 2016!**

 

The City of Los Angeles (City), in conjunction with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), has prepared the Final Integrated Feasibility Report (IFR), which includes the Final Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)/Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed Los Angeles River Ecosystem Restoration Project.

The proposed Project involves restoring 11 miles of the Los Angeles River from approximately Griffith Park to downtown Los Angeles, while maintaining existing levels of flood risk management. Restoration measures considered include creation and reestablishment of historic riparian strand and freshwater marsh habitat to support increased populations of wildlife and enhance habitat connectivity within the study area, as well as to provide opportunities for connectivity to ecological zones, such as the Santa Monica Mountains, Verdugo Hills, Elysian Hills, and San Gabriel Mountains. Restoration includes the reintroduction of ecological and physical processes, such as a more natural hydrologic and hydraulic regime that reconnects the river to historic floodplains and tributaries, reduced flow velocities, increased infiltration, improved natural sediment processes, and improved water quality. The proposed Project also includes opportunities for passive recreation that is compatible with the restored environment.

The City has prepared a "Reader's Guide" in both English and Spanish to help explain the key points of the Study. The guide is available for download here:

Reader's Guide 
LA River Ecosystem Restoration Project
 (27 MB)
Guía del Lector 
El Proyecto de Restauración del Ecosistema del Río de Los Ángeles
 (27 MB)

 

Certification of the Final IFR and approval of the proposed Project will require consideration by the City's Board of Public Works, City Council Committees, and full City Council. The IFR will be considered by the Board of Public Works on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 10 am. The City Council meetings have not yet been scheduled and are expected to be held during Summer 2016. Please note however that this schedule is subject to change. Schedule updates will be posted on this website and the Bureau of Engineering's Environmental Management Division website: http://eng.lacity.org/techdocs/emg/lariver.htm. In addition, the official schedule and meeting agendas for the City Council and Council Committees are available at the City website: http://www.lacity.org/government/ElectedOfficialOffices/CityCouncil/CouncilCalendar/index.htm

For questions regarding project details and implementation, please contact Dr. Carol Armstrong, Director, LARiverWorks, Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, at carol.armstrong@lacity.org.

For additional information on the City's environmental review process, please contact Dr. Jan Green Rebstock, Environmental Supervisor II, City of Los Angeles, Department of Public Works, Bureau of Engineering, at (213) 485-5761 or at jan.green.rebstock@lacity.org.

For additional information on the Corps' environmental review process, please contact Ms. Eileen Takata, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District, at (951) 898-6174 or at Eileen.K.Takata@usace.army.mil or Ms. Erin Jones, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District, at 951-898-6191 or at Erin.L.Jones@usace.army.mil.

Report
(Click on underlined text to view report)
Review Status Public Review Period
Notice of Preparation of IS/EA (1.09 MB) Closed 11/25/08 - 12/25/08
Draft Feasibility Study and Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report 
(49.7 MB)
Open 09/20/13 - 11/18/13
Draft Appendices
   
Final Integrated Feasibility Report (IFR), which includes the Final EIS/EIR
Release of Final IFR Notice from City of LA
Release of Final EIS/EIR Notice from US Army Corps of Engineers
Final Feasibility Study and Final EIS/EIR Open 10/02/15 - 11/02/15
Final Appendices
 

 

The US Army Corps of Engineers is also hosting the Integrated Feasibility Report files on their website.