Stimulus Package to Benefit LB portion of Los Angeles River Estuary

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District has announced the projects in Southern California and Arizona affected by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Included in the act is $1,580,000 for the Los Angeles River Estuary located at the mouth of the L.A. River in Long Beach.

The Act, referred to as the “stimulus package,” appropriates nearly $184 million for the district to continue studies, complete construction work and conduct operations and maintenance for two dozen projects throughout the region. The ARRA, which President Barack Obama signed into law on Feb. 17, is intended to help in the recovery of the U.S. economy.

“We are very pleased to receive Recovery Act funds to move forward on a number of critical projects and help our fellow citizens in the district,” said Col. Thomas H. Magness IV, commander of the Los Angeles District. “The funding will allow us to provide much-needed jobs in today’s difficult economy.”

The Corps will dredge material that flowed down the L.A. River and has been deposited in the Federal Navigation Channel. The project, which began in 2007 as a result of the heavy shoaling in 2005 but was suspended due to a lack of funding, will allow for safe navigation.

“Continuing the work on this project is critical to the safe navigation of vessels within the estuary and those that support the City of Avalon on Catalina Island,” Magness said.

Economists estimate the work will create about 16 jobs directly related to the work and an additional 28 jobs in industries supplying or supporting the construction, performing operations and maintenance activities, and selling goods and services to the workers and their families.

“These additional funds will further support the dredging work that has been done, ensure vessels have a safe route of passage and continue to encourage tourism, a major economic driver for Long Beach,” said Mayor Bob Foster.

“This work will complete the last portion of the estuary channel that we were not able to dredge in 2008,” Magness said.

“The Corps is fully committed to ensuring the Recovery Act funds provided for Civil Works are used to achieve the purposes envisioned by the President and Congress for the legislation,” said Maj. Gen. Merdith “Bo” Temple, deputy commanding general for Civil and Emergency Operations for the Corps.

For additional information about the Corps’ nation-wide projects funded by the Recovery Act, visit http://www.usace.army.mil/recovery.  For information on the ARRA, visit http://www.recovery.gov/.

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