Los Angeles River Projects

City Projects

The Los Angeles River Projects Status Reports prepared by the City Administrative Officer can be found at:


The most recent Los Angeles River Projects 2013-2014 Status Report:


The City’s Adopted Capital Improvement Expenditure Program includes a listing of projects that relate to the Los Angeles River revitalization effort, as reported by the City's Administrative Officer. The project listing includes projects for bridges, recreational bike paths, parks and associated facilities, and riparian restoration features.

LARRMP Priority Project List: This list is used to focus Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan implementation efforts on a subset of projects that have the potential to be implemented through partnerships and outside funding. The list is ordered by implementation time horizon, roughly as follows: near term (0-5 years), near-mid (5-10 years), mid (10-15 years) mid-long (15-20 years), and long-term (more than 20 years). However, should adequate funding become available, these estimated implementation time horizons would change. The list will be updated on a regular basis. This effort generally considers the approximately 240 projects proposed by the LARRMP.

Projects proposed by the Revitalization Master Plan and associated Map locations of proposed projects [click here]

Potential funding for revitalization projects include public/private partnerships, as well as grants and partnerships with federal, state, and county government. Several projects within the Los Angeles River watershed are also being funded by the City's Proposition O bond program for Clean Water, Ocean, River, Beach, Bay, and Storm Water Cleanup, passed in 2004.

County Projects

The responsibilities of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works (LACDPW) include the design, construction, operation, maintenance, and repair of roads, bridges, airports, sewers, water supply, flood control, water quality, and water conservation facilities and for the design and construction of capital projects.

In 1991, after much attention to the River, the County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors directed the County Departments of Public Works, Parks and Recreation, and Regional Planning to develop the County's Los Angeles River Master Plan. This Master Plan, completed and adopted by the Board of Supervisors in 1996, formulated a multi-objective program for the entire-52 mile River while recognizing its primary purpose for flood protection. Overall, the Master Plan advocates environmental enhancement, recreational opportunities, and economic development.

With similar goals, the City of Los Angeles' 2007 Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan builds upon the County of Los Angeles’ 1996 Los Angeles River Master Plan, but specifically focuses on the 32 miles of the River within the City. 

The County's 1996 Master Plan is overseen by an Advisory Committee of 50 members representing federal, state, city, and local agencies, and environmental and community groups. The Advisory Committee meets on a regular basis, and members are given the opportunity to review proposed projects. Project reviews are also performed by the Department of Public Works--the agency that issues construction permits--and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers who ensures that the structural integrity of the river is not compromised.
Consistency between the City of Los Angeles' 2007 Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan and the LACDPW's 1996 Los Angeles River Master Plan ensures that projects along the River will help meet common goals and be mutually compatible.


For more information on the County of Los Angeles Los Angeles River Master Plan and its watershed, click this link:  http://ladpw.org/wmd/watershed/LA/LA_River_Plan.cfm

Los Angeles River Master Plan County Liaison
Christine Seda

State Projects

Numerous State agencies provide planning, design, construction, interagency coordination, grant funding, and regulatory guidance of studies and projects that are relevant to the Los Angeles River:

  • California Coastal Conservancy -- The Coastal Conservancy acts with others to preserve, protect and restore the resources of the California Coast. Their vision is of a beautiful, restored and accessible coastline. Coastal Conservancy Programs and Projects
  • California Department of Water Resources -- The mission of the California DWR is to manage the water resources of California in cooperation with other agencies, to benefit the State's people, and to protect, restore, and enhance the natural and human environments.
  • California Resources Agency -- The mission of the California Resources Agency is to restore, protect and manage the state's natural, historical and cultural resources for current and future generations using creative approaches and solutions based on science, collaboration and respect for all the communities and interests involved. Numerous bond programs are available through this agency.
  • California State Parks -- The mission of this agency is to provide for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state's extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation. Los Angeles State Historic Park Rio de Los Angeles State Park
  • Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy -- Through direct action, alliances, partnerships, and joint powers authorities, the Conservancy's mission is to strategically buy back, preserve, protect, restore, and enhance treasured pieces of Southern California to form an interlinking system of urban, rural and river parks, open space, trails, and wildlife habitats that are easily accessible to the general public.
  • Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA) -- The MRCA is dedicated to the preservation and management of local open space and parkland, watershed lands, trails, and wildlife habitat. The MRCA manages and provides ranger services for almost 60,000 acres of public lands and parks that it owns and that are owned by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (SMMC) , or other agencies, and provides comprehensive education and interpretation programs for the public. The MRCA works in cooperation with the Conservancy and other local government partners to acquire parkland, participate in vital planning processes, and complete major park improvement projects. The MRCA provides natural resources and scientific expertise, critical regional planning services, park construction services, park operations, fire prevention, ranger services, educational and leadership programs for thousands of youth each year, and is one of the lead agencies providing for the revitalization of the Los Angeles River. The website LAMountains.com is a service of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and is maintained by the Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority. It includes a listing of SMMC parks along the Los Angeles River in the San Fernando Valley region and downstream of Griffith Park.
  • San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy -- The San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy was created by the California legislature in 1999. One of nine conservancies within the California Resources Agency, their mission is to preserve open space and habitat in order to provide for low-impact recreation and educational uses, wildlife habitat restoration and protection, and watershed improvements within their jurisdiction. Projects (active and completed)
  • State Water Resources Control Board - Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board -- The Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board (LARWQCB) protects ground and surface water quality in the Los Angeles Region, including the coastal watersheds of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, along with very small portions of Kern and Santa Barbara Counties. The Los Angeles Regional Board is one of nine Regional Boards statewide. These Boards are part of the California Environmental Protection Agency (CAL/EPA), along with the Air Resources Board, the Department of Pesticide Regulation, the Department of Toxic Substance Control, the California Integrated Waste Management Board, and the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment.

US Army Corps of Engineers Studies and Projects

The Los Angeles District of the Army Corps of Engineers is one of four District offices in the South Pacific Division. The boundaries of the Los Angeles District touch the four western states of California, Nevada, Arizona, and Utah. The 226,000 square mile area includes 420 miles of coastline, 14 harbors, and the highest, lowest, and hottest spots in the contiguous 48 states.The following LA River related studies and projects are currently part of the Los Angeles District's program.