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...
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