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Trying to restore Sepulveda Basin Creek

May 28, 2009 |  7:17 am

Almost a year ago, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Encino began a restoration project that would remove giant reeds and palms and stabilize the flow from the degraded Bull Creek, a drainage channel that cuts through the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve and flows into the Los Angeles River.

This week, Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) and officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers gathered at the 22,000-acre Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve to celebrate the completion of the Bull Creek Ecosystem Restoration Project.

In the 1970s, Bull Creek was one of the few undisturbed riparian habitats in the San Fernando Valley. But by the late 1980s, giant palms began to infest the creek, according to the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve's website. The new work is designed to improve the situation.

-- Ruben Vives