Good news! The Los Angeles City Council unanimously passed the
following resolution (apparently on June 24th 1998) which sets the
wheels rolling for a Taylor Yard feasibility study funded by the State
WHEREAS, the City of Los Angeles wishes to meet the community's
flood management requirements by protecting the downtown Los Angeles
area from 100-year flooding due to inadequate channel capacity along the
Los Angeles River; and
WHEREAS, the City wishes to create park and natural areas along
the Los Angeles River for the benefit of the residents of the areas
adjoining the Los Angeles River; and
WHEREAS, the City wishes to restore, where feasible, natural
habitat areas along the Los Angeles River; and
WHEREAS, the City wishes to support the goal of a "greenway"
along the Los Angeles River, made up of parks, natural areas and trails;
WHEREAS, the City wishes to improve the water quality in the Los
Angeles River by treating urban runoff; and
WHEREAS, the City wishes to develop a multi-use flood management
facility at the Taylor Yard; and
WHEREAS, the Los Angeles River watershed is a coastal watershed;
WHEREAS, the State Coastal Conservancy (Conservancy) is a state
agency charged with protecting and enhancing the resources of the
California coast and coastal wetlands; and
WHEREAS, the Conservancy wishes to develop a feasibility study
for a multi-use flood detention basing a [sic - probably should be
"basin at"] Taylor Yard that includes wetland habitat and park and open
space areas; and
WHEREAS, the City and Conservancy desire to develop a
demonstration project at Taylor Yard that can be a model for flood
management, environmental restoration and the "greening" of the Los
Angeles River for the benefit of the entire community.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council hereby
requests the State Coastal Conservancy to prepare a feasibility study
for a multi-use flood detention basin in Taylor Yard; and authorize City
staff to work with the Conservancy to prepare such a study.
(presented by Mike Hernandez, seconded by Jackie Goldberg)
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