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California to pay $25 million toward Los Angeles River restoration project


LOS ANGELES — The state of California will contribute $25 million toward efforts to buy a property along the Los Angeles River as part of the river's restoration.

The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/1MzX84F ) that state Senate leader Kevin de León announced Sunday that the money will go toward the majority of the purchase price for a land parcel that has been called a "crown jewel" of the restoration. The parcel is the largest remaining piece of undeveloped riverfront land.

City and federal officials are in the final stages of negotiating a cost-sharing agreement for what is expected to be a $1.4-billion restoration of 11 miles of the river.

Restoration plans include ripping out miles of the river's concrete-lined bottom and banks. The concrete was poured years ago for flood-control purposes.

Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com/

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