Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Thursday announced a $200,000 award for the Trust for Public Land to create a redevelopment strategy for the Los Angeles River and Verdugo Wash near the I-5 and 134 freeways in Glendale.

“We’re delighted to support restoration and redevelopment of the Los Angeles River,” said Alexis Strauss, EPA’s acting regional administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “Working together, we’ll help the river be a vital element of livable, sustainable communities.”

The grant will help the nonprofit Trust for Public Land develop an implementation plan for roughly 280 acres of land in Glendale, including efforts to reintroduce some of the river’s natural features, the EPA said.

The funds come from about $3.8 million in federal funds won by 19 communities nationwide to assist with cleanup and reuse of contaminated “brownfield” was modeled after New York state’s Brownfields Opportunity Area Program, which was “developed by lower income communities to enable them to drive development that meets their needs without displacing their residents,” the EPA said.

–City News Service 

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