Los Angeles River Revitalization

City Projects

The Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan (LARRMP) guides the City's policy and project implementation along the Los Angeles River and in its watershed. Information about the many completed projects that are open for use is available using the map above and at the Explore the LA River page.

 

Key Projects and Programs 

(Updated June 2017)

 

Taylor Yard "G2" Project

"Bending the River Back" Into the City Water Wheel

LARiverWay Design and Implementation

Albion Riverside Park

Los Angeles River Recreation Zone

 

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.

 

Los Angeles 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.

PROJECT LISTING: LACDPW LOS ANGELES RIVER WATERSHED

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
1-626-458-4342
cseda@dpw.lacounty.gov

 

State of California Support

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.


Milestones

2014 – Army Corps of Engineers announces the selection of Alternative 20, the most comprehensive alternative in their Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study for the Los Angeles River.

2014 – April 11, 2014 is declared 'One Water Day' in the City of Los Angeles.

2014 – Lauren Bon and the Metabolic Studio obtain water rights for beneficial use of Los Angeles River water as part of Bending the River Back into the City.

2014 – Community Advisory Committee created to assess the Pilot Recreation Zone in the River recommends making it permanent in collaboration with the Mountains Recreation Conservation Authority (MRCA).

2014 – California State Parks breaks ground on the permanent Los Angeles State Historic Park.

2013 – The Army Corps of Engineers releases recommendations for the Los Angeles River Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study.

2013 – The Ad Hoc Committee for the Los Angeles River is integrated into the Arts, Parks, Health, Aging and River Committee, a standing committee of the Los Angeles City Council.

2013 – The Los Angeles River Pilot Recreation Zone opens in the Glendale Narrows, managed in partnership by the MRCA.

2013 – Ed P. Reyes River Greenway completed in Lincoln Heights.

2013 – NBC Universal agrees to contribute $13.5 million towards the LA River bike path between Studio City and Griffith Park.

2013 – Completion of Sunnynook River Park including the naming of Lewis MacAdams Riverwalk

2013 – The City Council adopts the Cornfields Arroyo Seco Specific Plan (CASP), which establishes new mixed-use zoning districts along the Los Angeles River as well as a greenway buffer.

2012 – City of Glendale creates the Glendale Narrows Riverwalk

2012 – The City of Los Angeles receives a Sustainable Communities Federal Partnership Grant and establishes the Northeast Los Angeles (NELA) Riverfront Collaborative.

2012 – International Design Competition held to select a design for the replacement of the iconic 6th Street Bridge over the Los Angeles River.

2012 – The Old Lincoln Heights Jail along the River receives Community Development Block Grant funding to study revitalization options.

2012 – Opening of N. Atwater Park Expansion and Creek Restoration project along the River

2012 – Confluence Plaza is completed in partnership with the MRCA at the confluence of the Los Angeles River and the Arroyo Seco tributary.

2011 – Low Impact Development Ordinance (LID) passed by the City Council to enhance stormwater regulations in Los Angeles

2011 – The Paddle the LA River pilot program begins in Sepulveda Basin led by the Los Angeles Conservation Corps (LACC).

2011 – The Los Angeles River is chosen as one of a few Federal Urban Waters Pilot programs.

2011 – Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa holds first LA River Day of Service

2010 – Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, and other White House officials attend America’s Great Outdoors Listening Session and visit the Los Angeles River.

2010 – Los Angeles River is affirmed as a Traditionally Navigable Waterway under the Federal Clean Water Act.

2010 – Completion of LA River Bike Path through Elysian Valley

2010 - Funding is appropriated by Congress to the Army Corps of Engineers for the Bowtie Parcel Demonstration Project in Cypress Park along the River.

2010 - LA River Corps is established in a partnership between the City of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Conservation Corps to create job training for youth to serve as River Ambassadors, helping to clean, restore, and provide bicycle patrol along the river.

2009 – The Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation, a nonprofit entity, is established and Board members are appointed by the City of LA.

2009 – Prop O funding used to purchase Albion Dairy site along the Los Angeles River.

2009 – City Council establishes the Watershed Infiltration for Supply and Environmental Restoration (WISER) Committee to coordinate water issues between LADWP, Sanitation, and the Bureau of Engineering.

2009 – River Memorandum of Agreement (MOU) signed by the City and County of Los Angeles establishing the River Cooperation Committee.

2008 – First annual LA River Day on Capitol Hill is hosted by Congressmember Lucille Roybal-Allard.

2007 – Senator Boxer and Congress includes authorization of $25 million for the Los Angeles River in the Federal Water Resources Development Act (WRDA).

2007 – Rio de Los Angeles State Park opens at Taylor Yard.

2007 – The City Council adopts the Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan (LARRMP) establishing a blueprint for future revitalization of the River.

2006 – Los Angeles River Street Ends Biofiltration Project in partnership with the City of Los Angeles and Northeast Trees creates a green street at Oros St.

2006 – The State passes Proposition 84, The Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond.

2006 – The Interim Public Use at Los Angeles State Historic Park (LASHP) opens.

2006 - First Youth Workshop on the Los Angeles River takes place. Over 500 students from local high schools attend.

2006 – Studio City greenway opens along the River.

2006 - Integrated Regional Water Management Plan is approved for the region.

2006 - City signs an agreement with US Army Corps of Engineers to co-sponsor the Los Angeles River Ecosystem Restoration Study and establishes a future cost-share and partnership with the Federal government.

2006 – City of Los Angeles’ Integrated Resources Plan (IRP), a stakeholder based water resource planning strategy, is approved.

2006 – The Los Angeles River Planning Unit is established in the Department of City Planning.

2006 – First Sister River agreement signed, marking international dialogue and information sharing about revitalization efforts.

2005-2007 - As part of the LARRMP, over 20 public workshops are held to encourage community input.

2005- Funded by DWP, the City issues a RFP for the Revitalization Master Plan and Tetra Tech Consultant Team is selected to develop the Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan.

2005- The Plastic Bag Taskforce for the City of LA is established to address plastic litter in the Los Angeles River.

2005- Los Angeles River and Ballona Creek trash TMDLs were revised and adopted.

2005 - Catch basin inserts and covers are the first project funded by Prop O that would install 8000 inserts and 6000 covers to prevent trash from flowing into the Los Angeles River and Ballona Creek.

2005 - A portion of the zanja madre, or “mother ditch,” the original water system for the City, is discovered during Metro Gold Line construction near the Cornfields.

2005 – City of Los Angeles approves and completes official river signage and mileage markers program for the River.

2005- The “mile marker” pilot program along the River becomes fully operational.

2004 - First Los Angeles City River Appreciation Day is celebrated.

2004 - The County Master Plan Advisory Committee establishes official landscape and signage guidelines for the river and the right-of-way.

2004 - The City passes Proposition O, which raises $500 million in bonds for watershed protection.

2003 - Los Angeles River City Department Task Force is established and Chaired by the City Engineer.

2003 - Los Angeles River Nutrient TMDL was adopted.

2002 - Los Angeles River Trash Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) was adopted, which establishes pollutant limits a water body can receive without violating water quality standards.

2002– The Ad Hoc Committee on the Los Angeles River is established by City Council and Chaired by Councilmember Ed Reyes.

2002 – The Alex Baum Bicycle Bridge opens along the LA River.

2002- The State passes Proposition 40, which allocates $2.6 billion in bonds for natural resource conservation, parks, and historical and cultural resources.

2002- The State passes Proposition 50 to allocate money to clean up the drinking water supply and watershed.

2000- The State passes Proposition 13, Safe drinking Water, Clean Water, Watershed Protection, and Flood Protection Bond Act.

2000- The State passes Proposition 12 for Safe Neighborhood Parks, Clean Water, Clean air, and Coastal Protection, contributing millions of dollars to Los Angeles River projects.

1998: SMMC and MRCA purchase Lawry’s and renovate for Los Angeles River Center and Gardens (with City, County, state funding).

1997 - First segment of Los Angeles City Los Angeles River Bike Path opens, adding to 17 miles of Los Angeles County Los Angeles river bike trails.

1996 - The County of Los Angeles River Master Plan is approved by the Board of Supervisors.

1996 - The City passes Proposition K, which secures money for improvement, construction, and maintenance of City parks.

1994: Knox Avenue/ “Elysian Gateway Park”, SMMC and MRCA buy land and build first of series of pocket parks along LA River in Elysian Valley.

1993 - The California Costal Conservancy publishes The Los Angeles River Park and Recreation Survey, identifying potential projects along the River.

1992 - Los Angeles County establishes the Los Angeles River Advisory Committee to oversee the County’s Los Angeles River Master Plan.

1992 – Proposition A: County receives open space assessment district funds to provide new River access through parks and bike trails (with additional funding occurring in 1996)

1990 - County of Los Angeles River Task Force is formed and restoration efforts begin.

1989 - Mayor Tom Bradley establishes first task force on the River to look at potential River improvements.

1985 - Group of artists and poet Lewis MacAdams found the Friends of the Los Angeles River (FOLAR).

1979 - Legislation to establish Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (SMMC) (Jan 1, 1980: SMMC born)

1979 - Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve is established

1941 - Sepulveda Dam is completed

1938 - Most devastating flood on record

1935 - Army Corps begins channelization

1934 - Massive flooding occurs causing Congress to authorize concrete channels

1921 - Flood control construction moves the mouth of the River one mile east

1918 - Increasing industrialization along the River’s banks

1914 - Major flood causes widespread damage

1910-1933 - Many of the historic bridges are built, while levees are built along more than a third of the River

1910 - City passes ordinance prohibiting dumping in the River

mid 1800’s - Development boom results in homes and businesses being built in the floodplain

1850 - Los Angeles incorporated as a City

1825 - A massive flood cuts a new path south of the pueblo to San Pedro Bay

1781 - El Pueblo de la Reina de Los Angeles is founded where Olvera Street now exists.

1769 - Gaspar de Portola and father Juan Crespi name the River Nuestra Señora de la los Angeles de la Porciuncula.

5,000 B.C.E. - 1700’s - Tongva and Yangna Indian villages inhabit the River area