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Corps releases AngelFest draft Environmental Assessment

Published April 12, 2016

LOS ANGELES – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District today released the draft Environmental Assessment on the City of Los Angeles' proposed AngelFest event, a three-day music and arts festival scheduled to be held in Sepulveda Basin in October 2016, for public review and comment.

The public comment period will officially run from April 12 to May 12. The public is invited to provide comments on the draft Environmental Assessment to:

A copy of the draft Environmental Assessment is available on the District's website at

The draft Environmental Assessment contains a detailed analysis of the potential impacts from the proposed event on a variety of resources, including wildlife, noise, recreation, traffic, air quality and public safety.

The Corps will review the city’s request in light of the Sepulveda Basin’s primary purpose of flood risk management and applicable federal laws and Corps regulations and policies in assessing whether the proposed event is a compatible use with Corps operations and land use guidelines/policies, and whether it is in the public interest.

The city and the Corps will host a public meeting April 26 to provide additional information on the proposed event and to seek comments from the public. Details of the meeting and its time and location will be announced separately.

The Sepulveda Dam and Basin is a federally authorized flood risk management project constructed, operated and maintained by the Corps’ Los Angeles District, with a primary purpose to provide flood risk management for the residents of Los Angeles County residing downstream of the dam.

The Corps is authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1944 to grant leases of lands, including structures or amenities that are suitable for public parks and recreation purposes, to federal, state or local government agencies when such action is determined to be in the public interest.

The City of Los Angeles holds a lease from the Corps. Lands in Sepulveda Basin are leased to the City for public parks and recreation purposes. In accordance with the lease, the city is required to obtain written approval from the District Engineer for any event on park lands that more than 1,000 people are expected to attend.

Jay Field
213-479-4368 (cell)

Release no. 16-008