[Supv. Antonovich] – Assembly Bill 35 by Assemblyman Tom Lackey amending the Fish and Game Code to allow the implementation and maintenance of Los Angeles County’s Bouquet Canyon Habitat Restoration Project passed through the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee unanimously, L.A. County Mayor Michael D. Antonovich announced Wednesday.
“Assemblyman Lackey’s leadership and responsible legislation would, if passed into law, allow the County to finally bring relief to Bouquet Canyon,” said Antonovich. “The County has worked closely with permitting agencies to develop a riparian habitat restoration project despite existing state codes protecting endangered species — which actually prevent us from implementing a project designed to save them.”
Unincorporated Bouquet Canyon was devastated by historic floods in 2005. The sensitive ecosystem has since rapidly deteriorated due to the overwhelming sediment deposits and diverted water flow, further endangering the Unarmored Threespine Stickleback, and posing ongoing threats to public safety and public health. The Board of Supervisors unanimously declared a local emergency for the area in February 2014.
“I am proud to work with Mayor Antonovich on a solution for the long running problems with Bouquet Canyon Creek,” said Assemblyman Lackey, R-Palmdale. “Until Los Angeles County is able to complete its habitat restoration project, wildlife will continue to suffer and water problems in the area will continue. I am looking forward to Assembly Bill 353 clearing the way for this vital project.”