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Col. Antoinette Gant, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers South Pacific Division, and Col. Julie Balten, commander of the Corps’ Los Angeles District, examine Reach 5 from a viewing platform over the Los Angeles River, Aug. 26, 2021. The Corps maintains about 11 miles of the Los Angeles River for the safety of millions of citizens down river.
Pictured is Whittier Narrows Dam, a flood-risk management and water-conservation project that serves as a central element of the Los Angeles County Drainage Area flood control system. With the help this dam and three others in the Los Angeles District’s inventory, stakeholders in Southern California captured approximately 30,000-acre feet of stormwater runoff valued at $25 million for local groundwater replenishment during heavy rainfall in December 2021.
The Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are in receipt of the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona’s August 30, 2021, order vacating and remanding the Navigable Waters Protection Rule in the case of Pascua Yaqui Tribe v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Professionals of the LA District comprising diverse specialties host an information and outreach booth at the Día de los Muertos community event and procession Oct. 26 at the LA River Center and Gardens in LA’s Cypress Park neighborhood. Hundreds of community members attended the event, which was organized by Mujeres de la Tierra, a nonprofit group whose mission is to “inspire, motivate and engage women and their children to take ownership and leadership of their neighborhood and local community issues.”
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District Ranger Annel Monsalvo documents a debris field as LA County Sheriff deputies sweep the 120 acres of riverbank to be cleaned up. The Corps Los Angeles District cleared about 120 acres of riverbank, Sept. 27-Oct. 22, 2021.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District is working with the Flood Control District of Maricopa County, Arizona, to repair five levee systems using the Public Law 84-99 Rehabilitation and Inspection Program. Work is currently underway in the New River Dam outlet channel in Peoria. Here, Jim Terstriep (right), an LA District construction representative and Victoria Jurado, a district geologist, discuss the channel subgrade Sept. 28.
Adjutant General of the Arizona National Guard Maj. Gen. Kerry Muehlenbeck, center, discusses the importance of emergency response preparedness during a joint flood response exercise at the Arizona Emergency Operations Center Sept. 9 in Phoenix. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District, the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs, and the Flood Control District of Maricopa County staff conducted a joint exercise to evaluate flood response preparedness. The training featured various flooding scenarios at the Painted Rock Dam located 120 miles southwest of Phoenix.
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