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US Army Corps backs $1 billion plan to restore LA river




Advanced whitewater boaters from the LA Kayak Club take on the mighty LA River one hot summer Sunday.
Advanced whitewater boaters from the LA Kayak Club take on the mighty LA River one hot summer Sunday.
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 L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti says he's gotten word from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that they plan to endorse a $1 billion plan to restore an 11-mile stretch of L.A. River north of downtown.

That means ripping out the concrete and returning the river to a more natural state. It's been one of the mayor's top priorities. The Corps' endorsement is key because they manage the river as a flood-control channel.

KPCC Washington Correspondent Kitty Felde joins Take Two to talk about the development.