EPA Bolsters Protections For LA River Under CWA

Law360, New York (July 8, 2010, 1:57 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has granted greater environmental protections to the concrete-lined Los Angeles River, clarifying its status as a traditionally navigable waterway under the Clean Water Act.

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson announced the decision Wednesday, more than two years after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a draft decision declaring that most of the 51-mile river could not be considered navigable.

The March 2008 memorandum caused concern among environmentalists that nearby tributaries and streams would become exempt from CWA protections in light of...
To view the full article, register now.