H. R. 2419 Information

Text and status of the bill can be found at:

HR 2419

The House Rules Committee has posted the full Conference Report on H.R. 2419, Energy And Water Development Appropriations Act, 2006, at this address:

HR 2419 Conference Report

The $100,000 Arroyo Seco appropriation can be found under:

Table of Corp of Engineers - Investigations

Funding for Corps Arroyo Study Inadequate

Arroyo Seco Channel

November 16, 2005 - Despite growing momentum for the Arroyo Seco Watershed Feasibility Study, the project only received a $100,000 appropriation in the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act of 2006 approved by Congress last week. This funding setback, if left unchanged, will significantly delay the progress of the study and setback efforts to restore the Arroyo Seco Watershed.

In August, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved their participation as the lead local sponsor in this $2.7 million study, pledging to provide half the funding for the study along with other local sponsors, including the cities of Pasadena, La Caņada Flintridge, South Pasadena and Los Angeles. On October 26, the kick-off meeting was held at La Casita del Arroyo in Pasadena. Now, however, it looks as it the project will have to wait until more substantial federal funding can be found to advance the project.

The $100,000 appropriation came out of the joint Senate/House Conference Report on H. R. 2419 and was approved by the House on November 9, 2005. The original House bill did not include any funding for the Arroyo project, but the Senate version recommended $300,000.

Project Description

The Arroyo Seco Watershed Feasibility Study is a partnership between the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with the assistance of governmental agencies and environmental organizations within the watershed. The study will investigate solutions for water resource and environmental restoration issues within the Arroyo Seco Watershed.

County Approval

On August 9, 2005 the Los Angeles County Supervisors approved the partnership with the US Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a $2.7 million study of ecosystem restoration in the Arroyo Seco watershed. Local cities and community based organizations will also participate in the study through the Council of Arroyo Seco Agencies (CASA) and the Council of Arroyo Seco Organizations (CASO).

Kick-off Meeting

On October 26 at La Casita del Arroyo in Pasadena, the Corps, the County and other local sponsors hosted the kick-off meeting to provide an opportunity for agencies and community members to learn about the Arroyo Seco Watershed Feasibility Study process. The meeting was well attended and demonstrated enthusiastic support for the project. The public, agencies, and organizations submitted data and information pertaining to the study, including past and present activities within the watershed, environmental conditions, potential issues, and project alternatives that can be addressed in the Feasibility Study.

For More information about the Arroyo Seco Watershed Feasibility Study, please contact:

Tim Brick
Managing Director
Arroyo Seco Foundation
539 E. Villa St. #2
Pasadena, CA 91101
(323) 405-7326
Brian Whelan
Arroyo Seco Watershed Study Manager
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
P.O. Box 532711
Los Angeles, CA 90053-2352
(213) 452-3795
Dan Sharp
Arroyo Seco Watershed Manager
County of Los Angeles
Department of Public Works
900 South Fremont Avenue, 11th Floor
Alhambra, CA 91803
(626) 458-4345

What You Can Do:

It may be possible that additional funds from unexpended Corps allocations can be found to further the Arroyo Seco study, but this will require action from the local members of Congress.

We urge you to promptly contact your congressional representative to urge them to take action to secure an appropriate level of funding for the Arroyo Seco Watershed Feasibility Study for the current fiscal year.

Congress Members in the Arroyo Seco Watershed:

Senator Barbara Boxer
Washington D.C.
112 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
(202) 224-3553
Senator Dianne Feinstein
331 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-3841
Fax: (202) 228-3954
Congressman Adam Schiff
Pasadena Office
35 S. Raymond Ave. #205
Pasadena, CA 91105
Phone: (626) 304-2727
Fax: (626) 304-0572

Washington D.C. Office
326 Cannon HOB
Washington D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4176
Fax: (202)225-5828
Congrssman David Drier
District Office
2220 East Route 66, Suite 225
Glendora, CA 91740
Office (626) 852-2626
Toll Free (866) 373-6321
Fax (626) 963-9842

Washington D.C. Office
233 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Office (202) 225-2305
Fax (202) 225-7018
Congressman Xavier Becerra
Los Angeles Office
1910 Sunset Blvd, Suite 560
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 483-1425

Washington D.C. Office
1119 Longworth HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
(202) 225-6235

Please contact your representative today

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