The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will release a feasibility study in late August to detail the restoration of the Los Angeles River, which has mainly been used by the city as a giant concrete drainage ditch, according to a Los Angeles Times article.
City officials want the restoration to be part of an effort to increase green space in Los Angeles.
The study includes several plans. The first idea is a $444 million effort, which would remove concrete and restore ecology to 11 miles of the river. The second possibility would cost $774 million and would widen the river for terracing and redevelop an old rail yard. The third option would cost $1.06 billion and would add connections to a historic park and also restore the ecosystem where the river hits the Verdugo Wash.
According to the article, the study has been ongoing for almost 7 years.
Image: The Los Angeles River (Credit: Will Beback, via Wikimedia Commons)