SACRAMENTO ( — The California Legislature on Monday approved $100 million in Proposition 1 funding for restoration of the 51-mile Los Angeles River.

Proposition 1 is a $7.5  billion water bond measure passed in 2014 to address California’s water infrastructure needs. Included in Proposition 1 was funding for the restoration of the L.A. River.

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“Study after study has shown communities with green space and community parks have significantly reduced health risks, including lower rates of cancer, asthma and obesity,” Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-Lakewood, said in a statement. “I’ve advocated for restoring the L.A. River and fought for this funding so residents of the Southeast can see an improvement in their quality of life.”

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River LA’s Executive Director Omar Brownson praised the leadership of Rendon and Senate President Pro-Tem Kevin de León in securing the funds.

“There are 2,100 acres of land within the flood-control channel that we want to unlock for increased public benefit,” Brownson said in a statement. “This investment is key to moving this vision forward.”

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The $100 million in funding will be split between the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy.