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As Chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Urban Rivers, Senator Fran Pavley recently held a joint hearing on the restoration of the L.A. River titled: “Progress and Opportunity: the Future of the Los Angeles River and its San Fernando Tributaries”. The hearing was held with the Assembly Select Committee on the Revitalization of the L.A. River and Pacoima Wash, chaired by Assemblymember Filipe Fuentes (D-Los Angeles). The hearing focused on the San Fernando Valley portion of the 51 mile-long L.A. River and included updates from community groups as well as city, county, and federal officials about efforts to restore and protect the river.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has included the river in an urban river pilot project to create safe, healthy and accessible outdoor spaces. Plans call for re-greening this once wild river that was turned into a flood control channel in the 1930′s. The goal is to tear out tons of concrete and create a recreational resource for the San Fernando Valley, with trees, parks, and bike paths. This is an important resource that deserves to be restored.