FoLAR Calls on Sen Boxer and Sen Feinstein to Support LA River Funding
The Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) is in crisis. While both the the House and Senate have adopted their respective versions of WRDA, the passage of the reconciled version of this crucial legislation is in danger.
Friends of the Los Angeles River sent an open letter to Senator Feinstein and Senator Boxer calling for their support and leadership to protect vital LA River funding in the Water Resources Development Act. Read the letter below.
Dear Senator Feinstein and Senator Boxer,
I write to you on behalf of Friends of the Los Angeles River and the community 40,000 supporters we represent. In the past we have directed our resources towards supporting your important work in ensuring much-needed funding for the Los Angeles River was included in the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). Today, we implore you to ensure our progress in restoring and augmenting water resources – both regionally and statewide – is protected by your continued support of the WRDA.
There is no more crucial moment in our collective natural resource history than right now. Our work as a 30-year river advocacy organization came to an exciting milestone in 2016 as the Los Angeles River Ecosystem Restoration Study, known as ARBOR, was adopted and Alternative 20 was approved as the preferred plan. The implementation of this plan will result in 719 acres of restored ecosystem habitat, making it the single most impactful restorative opportunity for the Los Angeles River to date. This represents a net increase of 119% in habitat and the largest urban river restoration project in American history. Alternative 20 would also create 16,833 new jobs and $4,675,606,000 in combined immediate and long term labor income. As a joint effort between the City of Los Angeles and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, this effort is one that requires the federal funds set forth in WRDA.
As you are well aware, the incoming administration may bring with it the reallocation of funds away from natural resource protection. We urge you to find common ground to ensure momentum of this important piece of legislation is not lost forever under the new administration. This is a time for strength in unity. The Los Angeles River and her communities depend on you.
Sr. Policy Director