September 28, 2013 — Two hundred and fifty river fans gathered at Marsh Park today to express and mobilize support for the most comprehensive program for LA River restoration contained in the US Army Corps of Engineers LA River Ecosystem Study, Alternative 20. The event, hosted by the LA River Revitalization Corporation and the Arroyo Seco Foundation and supported by more than a dozen community organizations and political leaders, featured a series of stirring presentatons urging rally participants to organize a dynamic grassroots effort to demonstrate overwhelming political support for a more comprehensive program than the one contained in the Corps' tentatively selected alternative. Omar Brownson of the LA River Corporation emceed the rally with stirring speeches from Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez, LA City Councilmembers Gilbert Cedillo and Mitch O'Farrell, Monica Garcia of the LA Unified School District, Glendale Councilmember Laura Friendman, Sarah Bradshaw representing Bennett Kayser, Tim Brick of the Arroyo Seco Foundation, Meredith McKenzie of the Urban Rivers Institute, and Alejandro Ortiz of Friends of the LA River.
The US Army Corps of Engineers has released the draft of their plan for restoring the Los Angeles River - Draft Corps Report. The public comment period began on September 20 and will continue through November 18, 2013. The report evaluates a series of alternatives with substantial differences that will affect the future of our river and our communities. The Corps has picked Alternative 13 as the tentatively selected program, but the LA City Council, political leaders and environmental organizations have lined up behind Alternative 20 as a more comprehensive progrm to shape the LA River for the future.
This website is a resource to mobilize grassroots support for Alternative 20, the most expansive LA River ecosystem restoration plan, a plan that includes these key sites:
Los Angeles officials back the most expansive river restoration program.
Sponsors list (in formation): Arroyo Seco Foundation, LA River Revitalization Corporation, LA City Councilmember Gilbert Cedillo, LA City Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell, Northeast Los Angeles Riverfront Collaborative, North East Trees, Anahuak Youth Soccer, Environment Now, Save LA River Open Space, Urban Rivers Institute, LAUSD Board Member Bennett Keyser, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, Village Gardeners, Urban Semillas, Friends of the Los Angeles River, Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council, Silver Lake Reservoirs Conservancy and Your Organization.