11 Feb UPDATE: Water Quality Control Board Sides with the River!
On Thursday, February 12, FoLAR appeared at the L.A. Regional Water Quality Control Board hearing to request denial of a 5-year permit for LA County to bulldoze a natural-bottom section of the Los Angeles River in Long Beach between Willow Street and the Pacific Coast Highway. This permit would have allowed the county to clear-cut the vegetation in the L.A. River Estuary for the next five years.
In a huge environmental win, the Board sided with the organizations that spoke in opposition of the permit – FoLAR and Heal the Bay – in a unanimous vote. This decision opens up new opportunities for collaboration with the Board and County to manage and maintain the channel for effective flood protection that doesn’t drastically damage the river’s natural ecosystem.
“This is a victory and a significant step toward restoring the ecosystem in the lower L.A. River, so that the downstream community can enjoy the natural habitat and wildlife found upstream. In addition, ocean life, such as sea lions, sea turtles, and dolphins have been spotted in this estuary, where the river meets the sea and the water is brackish. It’s critical to allow the ecosystem to grow and be rehabilitated,” said Lewis MacAdams, founder and president of FoLAR.
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