$35 million for flood control systems, graffiti removal, wetlands restoration and other river enhancements. $40 million for water re-use to increase water flow and habitat renewal. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, council President Eric Garcetti, and Councilman Ed Reyes joined state parks Director Ruth Coleman to endorse the plan. The $80 million is vital because it serves as seed money for further grants, said Coleman. “It’ll be the big push to create more gems along the emerald necklace” known as the Los Angeles River, she said. “I think it can give legs to the city planning efforts,” added Joe Linton of Friends of the Los Angeles River. “If we can get money behind this project, it won’t be another (river) plan that sits on a shelf.” [email protected] (818) 713-3730 IF YOU GO: Friends of the Los Angeles River will host the nation’s largest river cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon May 6 between the Tujunga Wash and Long Beach. For more information, call (323) 223-0585, or go to www.folar.org.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A plan to turn the barren Los Angeles River into a bucolic waterway got a potential boost Thursday with a request for millions of dollars in federal funds. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., announced pending legislation to authorize $80 million to restore the Los Angeles River. If authorized, the federal funding would provide valuable seed money for a developing plan to clean up and return portions of the the concrete flood channel to a natural state, at a potential cost of $1 billion. “I’m going to introduce legislation to revitalize the L.A. River,” the senator said during a news conference with city officials at Rio de Los Angeles State Park, a $43.5 million city-state park slated to open next year along the waterway at Taylor Yard in Cypress Park. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“This revitalization plan will benefit the community in diverse ways – it will link diverse neighborhoods, maintain open space, protect wildlife, promote economic development, provide low-income housing and more schools.” Boxer said her bill would help pay for river projects now being developed according to a Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan. The $3 million plan aims to add paths, parks, restaurants and housing along 32 miles of Los Angeles riverfront. If approved, Boxer’s bill would pay: $4 million to the Army Corps of Engineers to develop a plan to restore water flow and re-create wetlands and river habitat to provide recreational and economic opportunities along its banks.