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Corps extends AngelFest draft Environmental Assessment comment period

Published April 26, 2016
LOS ANGELES – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District today extended the public comment period for the draft Environmental Assessment on the City of Los Angeles' proposed AngelFest event, a three-day music and arts festival in Sepulveda Basin, at the city's request to reflect a rescheduling of the event to October 2017.

The public comment period will officially run until May 27. 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 May 10 from 6-8 p.m. in the Balboa Sports Center, located at 17015 Burbank Blvd. in Encino, to provide additional information on the proposed event and to seek comments from the public.

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

Release no. 16-010