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09/07/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

LA River Cleanup: EPA Declares River 'Traditional Navigable Waters'

U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson on Wednesday declared the entire concrete-lined Los Angeles River channel "traditional navigable waters," a designation crucial to applying Clean Water Act protections throughout its 834-square-mile urban watershed.

"We're moving away from the concrete," Jackson told more than 200 residents and government officials on the banks of one of the river's heavily polluted tributaries, Compton Creek.

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