The California Wildlife Conservation Board announced Thursday it will fund a stormwater management and habitat enhancement demonstration project along the Los Angeles River.

The Nature Conservancy will lead the project to improve water quality, increase biodiversity, enhance wildlife habitat and provide educational opportunities for visitors and public access at the Bowtie Parcel in northeast Los Angeles.

“The project proposed by the Conservancy aligns well with the mission of the California Wildlife Conservation Board and its vision in which California’s biodiversity is conserved for the benefit of present and future generations,” said Sen. Maria Elena Durazo, D-Los Angeles. “These types of projects are crucial for increasing access to parks and open space and for improving the health of our natural systems and our communities.”

The Bowtie Parcel, part of Taylor Yard, is an 18-acre property owned by California State Parks. The project will be located on the northernmost two acres of the site.

“The WCB’s support for this project moves nature-based solutions forward to address the needs of the city,” said Kelsey Jessup, the Nature Conservancy’s Urban Conservation Project Manager in California. “We’re looking forward to continue using our conservation planning expertise to tackle the challenges of stormwater management and yield multiple benefits along the Los Angeles River.”

The project will include ecological restoration, habitat for migratory and resident bird species and other wildlife, interpretive signage, walking trails, and stormwater management features, according to the Conservancy.

Funds from WCB will move the project through engineering design and permitting, completing all planning for the project.

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