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Mission San Luis Rey to get $238,500 for fire suppression pipeline; U.S. EPA, City of Oceanside, sister agencies, area tribes sign agreement

Release Date: 04/05/2007
Contact Information: Francisco Arcaute, (213) 244-1815

4/5/07 - LOS ANGELES - Mission San Luis Rey, one of the original Franciscan missions located in Oceanside, Calif., will use over $230K in EPA funding to install a 945-meter long fire suppression pipeline, thereby protecting the historic building without damaging the cultural integrity of the property.

Construction of the pipeline will be governed by an agreement among several parties interested in the protection of archaeological and cultural artifacts at the historic site. The parties include EPA, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, California Office of Historic Preservation, City of Oceanside, Franciscan Fathers of California, Pauma Band of Luiseno Mission Indians, and the San Luis Rey Band of Luiseno Mission Indians.

"We join with these important partners to protect both the Mission San Luis Rey and the unique archaeological resources of this National Landmark,” said Alexis Strauss, Water Director in EPA’s Pacific Southwest region.

As required by the National Historic Preservation Act, participants to the agreement took into consideration any potential impacts on cultural and historic resources at the property while planning the fire suppression pipeline. Additional participants in the Mission San Luis Rey retrofit include the National Park Service and other nearby Indian tribes.

Mission San Luis Rey, a state and National Landmark, was founded in 1798 and is considered an extraordinary example of California mission churches and missions.

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