After a coalition of environmental groups withdrew support for the L.A. River Master Plan over differences with its recommendations for uplifting the profile of the concrete flood control channel over the next 25 years, L.A. County officials decided Tuesday to move forward with the plan.
The groups had been threatening to walk away since Los Angeles County Public Works included far-reaching proposals submitted by famed architect Frank Gehry to transform the forlorn industrial confluence of the Los Angeles River and the Rio Hondo in South Gate into a cultural park.
Still, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to adopt the final L.A. River Master Plan.
What are the obstacles against catching/releasing a native Rainbow in our local waters? Let’s list the Big Three:
Ongoing drought since 2001, which tree rings show is the driest 21-year period since at least 800 A.D. when Vikings sailed and Mayans built temples. (San Jose Mercury News)
Frequent forest fires, including 2020’s Bobcat Fire, which devastated the West Fork of the San Gabriel River. Local fly-fishing club members report there are no fish in a stream beloved by us all. I would add the footnote, “for now.”
Beginning in the 1930s, channelization to prevent flooding, dams and development block rainbows from returning to the Pacific Ocean and, conversely, steelhead from returning from the ocean to the San Gabriel Mountains to spawn.
Yet today, there he was, in a flow of cool, clear, crisp water. Small and full of fight, he glimmered like a slim beacon of hope.
In a world of seemingly unrelenting bad news — disease, gun violence, war and now economically crippling inflation — this is why I continue to trek in our local mountains and continue to cast a line into the seemingly impossible. In our waters, there are still possibilities, there is still hope. Remind yourself next time you are on the water that the mere act of continuing what for many of us is a retreating normal, miraculous life remains.
See you on the river, Jim Burns
This is a really fun event, so if you haven’t taken out some trash of the river yet, this could be your year to come on down, meet other volunteers and get to know our communities better. I’ve included the dates and spots over the eight weeks below. Click the link you want to register for free.
See you on the river, Jim Burns
SITES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
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June 4: Sepulveda Basin – Balboa Blvd
6115 Balboa Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91406
June 11: Sepulveda Basin – Bull Creek (with Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council and LA City Council District 6)
6300 Balboa Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91406
June 18: Bette Davis Picnic Area (with LA City Council District 4)
Bette Davis Picnic Area, 1620 Rancho Ave, Glendale, CA 91201
June 18: North Atwater Park (with LA City Council District 13)
3900 Chevy Chase Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90039
June 25: Glendale Narrows Riverwalk
300 Paula Ave, Glendale, CA 91201
June 25: Red Car Bridge (with Atwater Village Neighborhood Council, Atwater Village Kids, and LA City Council District 13)
3530 Ferncroft Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90039
June 25: Sepulveda Basin – South Reserve (with US Army Corps of Engineers, Encino Neighborhood Council, and LA City Council District 6)
15520 Burbank Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91411
June 26: Bond Park (with SELAH Neighborhood Homeless Coalition)
Bond Park, 3222 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039
July 9: Lewis MacAdams Riverfront Park (with Elysian Valley Riverside Neighborhood Council and LA River Public Art Project)
Lewis MacAdams Riverfront Park, 2944 Gleneden St, Los Angeles, CA 90039
July 9: Elysian Valley Gateway Park (with Glassell Park Improvement Association)
Elysian Valley Gateway Park, 2914 Knox Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039
July 9: Steelhead Park (with LA River Communities for Environmental Equity)
Steelhead Park, 2239 Oros St, Los Angeles, CA 90031
July 23: Willow Street Estuary (with Conservation Corps of Long Beach)
2526 De Forest Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90806
July 30: Golden Shore Marine Reserve
Golden Shore Marine Biological Reserve, 201 Golden Shore, Long Beach, CA 90802
SITES COMING SOON
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July 16: Compton Creek (with LA Waterkeeper)
20342 Santa Fe Ave, Compton, CA 90221
July 16: Maywood Riverfront Park
5000 Slauson Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90058