Today, Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27) reintroduced legislation to help revitalize the San Gabriel Watershed and transform the river into a valuable asset for the urban communities that have grown around it. Rep. Chu released the following statement:
"The San Gabriel River is a vital but unsung contributor to our community. It provides flood protection for our homes and storm water conservation that helps our region make the most of every rain drop. But it's also inaccessible to the public, lacks a real ecosystem or natural habitat in many places, and needs additional flood and water quality controls. The legislation I reintroduced today will help take the first steps necessary for further integrating the river into our community."
First introduced by Congresswoman Chu in the 111th Congress, the San Gabriel Watershed Restoration Act directs the Army Corps of Engineers to prepare a study for environmental ecosystem restoration, flood control, water quality control, water supply storage, outdoor recreation enhancements, and other aspects of the San Gabriel River Watershed revitalization. It authorizes the Army Corp to identify and construct demonstration projects for the restoration of the San Gabriel River Watershed in order to provide information to develop the study. It is cosponsored by every Member of Congress who represents the San Gabriel River in L.A. County.