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LA River Master Plan Approved by LA City Council

Los Angeles City Council approved a long-awaited blueprint for revitalizing the Los Angeles River.

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May 8, 2007 - LOS ANGELES --The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday approved a long-awaited blueprint for revitalizing the much-maligned Los Angeles River.

The plan cost $3 million and calls for spending as much as $2 billion over the next half a century on more than 200 projects along the 31 miles of riverbed within city limits.

It took five years to work out the details, but the origins of the proposed river restoration go back to a group of environmentalists who in the late 1980s began insisting that the river was more than a concrete-lined flood-control channel.

A joint-powers authority between the city and county will manage projects within the river channel, a nonprofit appointed by elected officials will manage and construct parks along the banks, and a philanthropic organization will help raise private funds.

Other thorny issues remain, among them finding money for projects — state and federal help will be required — and improving water quality. The city is in the early stages of a federally ordered cleanup of several pollutants in the waterway, including trash and bacteria.

Council President Eric Garcetti — who has a proponent of the river — said he could imagine the day that rubber dams are installed in the river to create lakes large enough to hold rowing events downtown in a future Summer Olympics. He added that the plan will continue to evolve.

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