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California Wildlife Conservation Board Approves Planning Funds for TNC’s Stormwater Management and Habitat Enhancement along the Los Angeles River

View of LA River with Los Angeles in the background
Los Angeles River View of LA River with Los Angeles in the background © TNC

Today, the California Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) and The Nature Conservancy announced an agreement to use recently approved Prop 68 planning funds to support a stormwater management and habitat enhancement demonstration project at the Bowtie Parcel in Northeast Los Angeles. The Project will improve water quality, increase biodiversity, enhance wildlife habitat, and provide educational opportunities for visitors and public access to the Los Angeles River.

“I strongly support The Nature Conservancy’s Bowtie Demonstration Project along the Los Angeles River. The project proposed by the Conservancy aligns well with the mission of the California Wildlife Conservation Board and its vision in which California’s biodiversity is conserved for the benefit of present and future generations,” said State Senator María Elena Durazo. “These types of projects are crucial for increasing access to parks and open space and for improving the health of our natural systems and our communities.”

“The WCB’s support for this project moves nature-based solutions forward to address the needs of the city,” said Kelsey Jessup, The Nature Conservancy’s Urban Conservation Project Manager in California. “We’re looking forward to continue using our conservation planning expertise to tackle the challenges of stormwater management and yield multiple benefits along the Los Angeles River.”

The Bowtie Parcel, part of Taylor Yard, is an 18-acre property owned by California State Parks. The Conservancy is partnering with State Parks on the demonstration project which will be located on the northern-most 2-acres of the site. The project will include ecological restoration, habitat for migratory and resident bird species and other wildlife, interpretive signage, walking trails, and stormwater management features. Funds from WCB will move the project through engineering design and permitting, completing all planning for the project.

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 79 countries and territories, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.