Disclaimer: Information about the Whittier Narrows Dam Safety Modification Project is constantly evolving and subject to change based on project updates from the USACE.
Typical construction-related impacts such as noise, vibration, and dust will be experienced by those in the surrounding areas. However, the USACE will mitigate and address such impacts per the final Environmental Impact Statement.
LOSS OF PARKS & OPEN SPACE
Since 1956, the City of Pico Rivera has leased federal land around the project area to provide recreation facilities for the community. Unfortunately, several of these facilities will be partially or entirely closed resulting in the loss of approximately 67% of recreation space in the City. Based on the Los Angeles Countywide Parks and Recreation Needs Assessment, the City of Pico Rivera has 1.3 acres of park-land per 1,000 residents compared to the county average of 3.3 acres. Losing critical park space in an already “park-poor” community places Pico Rivera at a major disadvantage with respect to improving the overall quality of life for residents.
DISPLACEMENT OF COMMUNITY INSTITUTIONS
Beyond the land itself, major community institutions such as the Pico Boys Little League Baseball organization and the Pico Rivera Golf Course will be displaced. The project will also eliminate the primary access road to the Sports Arena, thereby altering operations indefinitely. In many ways and for many people, these institutions have greatly contributed to the cultural fabric of the Pico Rivera community.
IMPACTS TO THE LOCAL ECONOMY
The Pico Rivera local economy is also directly impacted by the loss of local jobs and vital revenue streams that are generated from special event admissions, concessions, merchandise, rent, advertising, parking and golf fees to name a few.
Considering these significant challenges are further compounded by COVID-19, the City is developing a comprehensive recovery and mitigation program.
Although the impacts are significant, it’s important to recognize the critical importance of fixing the Whittier Narrows Dam to prevent potentially catastrophic consequences.