Last year, the Army Corps of Engineers decided to recommend a one-billion dollar restoration plan for the cement flood control channel known as the LA River. The proposal said the city would pay half and the feds would pay half. The plan would restore habitat, widen the river, create wetlands, and provide access points and bike trails along an 11-mile stretch north of downtown. But since then, the pricetag for the plan has gone up and the Army Corps now says the city will be on the hook for most it. We speak with a city official who’s been involved in the development of the LA River restoration plan for many years.