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LARiver-DraftIntegratedReport

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Volume 1 of 2: Integrated Feasibility ReportVolume 2 of 2: Technical Appendices
Los Angeles River Ecosystem RestorationIntegrated Feasibility Report
Feasibility Study and Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report
DRAFTVOLUME 1: INTEGRATED FEASIBILITY REPORTLos Angeles County, California
September 2013
US Army Corps
 
of Engineers
 ® 
 
Los Angeles District
 
 
 
 
 
Los Angeles River Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility StudyDraft Integrated Feasibility Report (Feasibility Study/Environmental ImpactStatement/Environmental Impact Report)Los Angeles County, California
The Federal lead agency responsible for implementing the National Environmental PolicyAct (NEPA) is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District (USACE). The locallead agency responsible for implementing the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)is the City of Los Angeles.The Draft Integrated Feasibility Report (IFR) for the Los Angeles River EcosystemRestoration Feasibility Study evaluates alternatives for the purpose of restoring 11 miles of the Los Angeles River from approximately Griffith Park to downtown Los Angeles whilemaintaining existing levels of flood risk management.Restoration measures considered include creation and reestablishment of historic riparianstrand and freshwater marsh habitat to support increased populations of wildlife and enhancehabitat connectivity within the study area, as well as to provide opportunities for connectivityto ecological zones such as the Santa Monica Mountains, Verdugo Hills, Elysian Hills, andSan Gabriel Mountains. Restoration also includes the reintroduction of ecological and physical processes such as a more natural hydrologic and hydraulic regime that reconnectsthe river to historic floodplains and tributaries, reduces flow velocities, increases infiltration,improves natural sediment processes, and improves water quality. The study also evaluatesopportunities for passive recreation that is compatible with the restored environment. Thestudy evaluates the No Action Alternative and four action alternatives, Alternative 10, 13, 16,and 20. The tentatively selected plan is Alternative 13.
Written comments pursuant to NEPA
will be accepted until the close of public review at close of  business on November 5, 2013.
Comments should be addressed to:
Josephine R. Axt, Ph.D.; Chief, Planning Division;U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Los Angeles District;P.O. Box 532711;ATTN: Ms. Erin Jones, CESPL-PD-RN;Los Angeles, California 90053-2325
OR comments may be emailed to:
comments.lariverstudy@usace.army.mil For further information, contact:Ms. Kathleen Bergmann,U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District,Kathleen.M.Bergmann@usace.army.milOR Ms. Erin Jones,U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District,Erin.L.Jones@usace.army.mil

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