10.01.09

Schiff Secures Federal Funds for Arroyo Seco

Official Seal of the US House of Representatives

Thursday, October 01, 2009 Contact: Sean Oblack (202) 225-4176

Schiff Secures Federal Funds for Arroyo Seco

Washington, D.C. – Today, the House passed the Energy and Water Appropriations Act, which included federal funds secured by Rep. Adam Schiff for the Arroyo Seco.  The bill allocates $224,000 to allow the Army Corps of Engineers to complete a Watershed Management Plan Feasibility Study.

“Restoration and conservation of our scarce open spaces is vitally important to ensuring a good quality of life,” Schiff said.  “This funding will help ensure that the Arroyo Seco returns to its natural state - an environmental gem.  Once it’s restored, it will provide enjoyable open space and recreation areas for generations to come.”

The focus of the study is to address flood and stream management, habitat, water resources, and ecosystem restoration issues within this vital Southern California watershed. This funding will allow the Corps to conduct technical assessments of ecosystem restoration and watershed management programs to identify projects which will improve the management and conditions of the watershed.

The Arroyo Seco Watershed Management Plan is a project supported and coordinated by the County of Los Angeles to develop a comprehensive, environmentally friendly approach to manage the Arroyo Seco Watershed. The project is supported by the Arroyo Seco Foundation, North East Trees, the California Coastal Conservancy, the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, and the cities in the watershed.