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Army Corps to hold environmental impact scoping meeting on potential Whittier Narrows Dam modifications

Published Sept. 11, 2013

LOS ANGELES – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District will hold a public meeting for the Whittier Narrows Dam Safety Modification Study and Environmental Impact Statement on Wednesday, Sept. 11, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., at the Pico Rivera Golf Course Clubhouse, 3260 Fairway Dr., Pico Rivera, 90660. 

In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act, the Corps seeks comments from the public on issues and concerns to consider during the preparation of the EIS.

The Corps completed construction of Whittier Narrows Dam in 1957. It is an integral component of the Los Angeles County Drainage Area system of dams and channelized rivers, authorized by Congress in the Flood Control Act of 1936. As risk assessment performed in 2005 indicated the potential for overtopping and seepage-induced failure at the dam. Corps officials stress that there is no immediate danger of the dam breaching. The Corps is currently evaluating an array of remediation alternatives to minimize these risks through the study and accompanying EIS.

The public, as well as federal, state, and local agencies, are encouraged to actively participate in the scoping process by attending the meeting and submitting data, information and comments pertaining to environmental issues to be addressed in the EIS.

Directions to the meeting:

From the 605 Freeway north: Exit on Beverly Blvd, staying in the left lane of the off-ramp, which takes you directly onto westbound Beverly Blvd. Make a right turn on San Gabriel River Parkway, then a left turn onto Fairway Drive. The course is at the end of the street.

From the 605 Freeway south: Exit on Rose Hills Rd. Beverly Blvd West. At the stop sign, continue straight onto San Gabriel River Parkway. Make a right turn onto Fairway Drive and continue to the course located at the end of the street.

Debbie Lamb

Release no. 13-019