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Army Corps and City of Los Angeles hold public meeting for AngelFest draft Environmental Assessment

U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers Los Angeles District
Published May 13, 2016
Los Angeles District commander Col. Kirk Gibbs briefs local community members about the District's draft Environmental Assement during the City of Los Angeles and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District  public meeting in the Balboa Sports Center, in Encino, Calif., May 10. The meeting provided additional information on the proposed AngelFest event, a three-day music and arts festival in Sepulveda Basin, and allowed the public to submit written comments and allowed the district commander to actively listen to anyone wishing to make an oral comment on the proposed action.

Los Angeles District commander Col. Kirk Gibbs briefs local community members about the District's draft Environmental Assement during the City of Los Angeles and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District public meeting in the Balboa Sports Center, in Encino, Calif., May 10. The meeting provided additional information on the proposed AngelFest event, a three-day music and arts festival in Sepulveda Basin, and allowed the public to submit written comments and allowed the district commander to actively listen to anyone wishing to make an oral comment on the proposed action.

Los Angeles District commander, Col. Kirk Gibbs and his staff listen to community members comments for the record at the districts public meeting.  The City of Los Angeles and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District hosted a public meeting in the Balboa Sports Center, in Encino, Calif., May 10. The meeting provided additional information on the proposed AngelFest event, a three-day music and arts festival in Sepulveda Basin, and allowed the public to submit written comments and allowed the district commander to actively listen to anyone wishing to make an oral comment on the proposed action.

Los Angeles District commander, Col. Kirk Gibbs and his staff listen to community members comments for the record at the districts public meeting. The City of Los Angeles and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District hosted a public meeting in the Balboa Sports Center, in Encino, Calif., May 10. The meeting provided additional information on the proposed AngelFest event, a three-day music and arts festival in Sepulveda Basin, and allowed the public to submit written comments and allowed the district commander to actively listen to anyone wishing to make an oral comment on the proposed action.

The meeting further allowed the public to submit both verbal and written comments to the district from anyone wishing to make comments on the draft Environmental Assessment to the commander.

“The reason the Corps is here is to further engage the public in our review of the City’s proposed event,” said Los Angeles District commander, Col. Kirk Gibbs. “You have an important role in the Corps’ National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA, process,” Gibbs told the audience.

On April 27 the District commander extended the public comment period for the draft Environmental Assessment on the proposed event, at the city's request to reflect a rescheduling of the event to October 2017.

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.

“Because Corps’ approval is required for this event, my staff worked with the city to prepare the EA to evaluate the impacts associated with the Corps approval of this event,” said Gibbs.

The meeting further provided the opportunity for speakers from the city’s Department of Recreation and Parks and the event’s organizer “The Make Good Group” to present their planning strategies and responsibilities in organizing the event.

More than 250 people attended the meeting and more than 70 people provided their verbal comments which were recorded, as well as written comments for the record. The Corps will consider the official comments as part of the NEPA process.

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 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.

The public comment period will officially run until May 27. The public is invited to provide comments on the draft Environmental Assessment to: angelfest.2016@usace.army.mil.



A copy of the draft Environmental Assessment is available on the District's website at
http://go.usa.gov/ctzDe.