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December River Roundup

The days are shorter and busier this time of year but the work around the LA River doesn’t slow down! This week, River LA is hosting a High Line Network Convening, featuring leaders from infrastructure reuse projects from across the continent.

We are honored to host this event and would like to extend an invite to you for our public symposium this evening, titled Infrastructure City: Building Resilient Communities. Leaders in the fields of public space, mobility, and community advocacy will explore how we can reimagine infrastructure so that it benefits all people. Space is limited so RSVP here soon!

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Infographic || New to the LA River

‘Oh, like in that Kendrick Lamar video!’
‘Er, the one with the occasional water advisory?’
‘Los Angeles has a river?’

When we introduce folks to the Los Angeles River, these are often some of the immediate responses we hear. And we get it. The Los Angeles River isn’t a traditional river, and we like that.

If you’re just learning about the LA River, or want a refresher on the basics, check out our list of favorite facts below. 

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léo Limón's River Catz Featured at La Kretz Innovation Campus

The Los Angeles River is as diverse as the 17 cities it runs through. And this diversity is across all categories: communities, environment, demographics, culture, all of it. Celebrating and highlighting the diversity that makes this river so great is the best part of our work. Today, we’d like to highlight one of our favorite Los Angeles River Artists: léo Limón.


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November River Roundup

Happy November, folks! We had so much fun in October, though our heart rate is just starting to calm down from the World Series.

As we begin this month of gratitude, we’re excited to share our 2017 Impact Report. Check it out to see some of our best work from the year, and know that this work is possible because of supporters like you.

Read something we missed? Let us know! 


Thanks to You || 2017 Impact Report River LA

LA River and Climate Change: The Infrastructure Risk and Needs River LA

Photo Highlights from Urban Garden Party River LA

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Thanks to You || 2017 Impact Report

It can be so easy to get lost in this work. Much like other aspects of life, the to-do lists, meetings, and ever-changing work keeps us on our toes and moving forward, sometimes too quickly. It’s important though, that we hit pause every now and again, to assess what we’ve accomplished and celebrate our collective victories.

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LA River and Climate Change: The Infrastructure Risk and Needs

For many, talking about infrastructure is as painful as sitting in the traffic bad infrastructure creates. (Hah, amiright?)

Screen_Shot_2017-10-23_at_3.47.27_PM.pngUnless you’re a self declared data nerd like we are, thinking about infrastructure isn’t particularly interesting, even when it is failing. This is the problem, though, as infrastructure is integral  to supporting healthy, vibrant, and resilient communities.Economic growth, education, services, and more all depend on smart, reliable infrastructure. Just like a home or an apartment, good infrastructure requires upkeep, which is expensive and often difficult to win support from the very communities that rely on it. With the recent major weather events, the state of our infrastructure and our responsibility to both maintain and improve it is important now more than ever.

So let’s talk about it.

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Photo Highlights from Urban Garden Party

On October 1, we held our most successful Urban Garden Party Fundraiser yet! We gathered with our supporters to celebrate the Los Angeles River and the leadership that’s paved the way. We cannot thank our sponsors and attendees enough for helping us exceed our goal and have a heck of a good time! The funds raised will enable us to continue our work on the Los Angeles River! There are lots of amazing photos from the evening, but we’d like to highlight just a few below. Enjoy! 


This Urban Garden Party event was our most successful yet!

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October River Roundup

Whew! What a month it’s been already! This past weekend, we gathered with supporters to celebrate the LA River and honor the leadership that’s paved the way for a better river for all. We cannot thank our attendees and supporters enough! We’re delighted to share we had our most successful fundraiser yet. The event was so much fun and we are so grateful for all the sponsors and attendees.

This month’s roundup includes news from all 51 miles of our great river including our piece on the recent LA River water advisory, a report on water recycling, and an update on G2. Give it a read and let us know if we missed anything in the news. Have feedback or suggestions? Send ‘em this way!


The 2017 Urban Garden Party This past weekend, we celebrated with our supporters and honored the leadership around the Los Angeles River! We’re already looking forward to next year. River LA

Bacteria Levels and a Petition for Healthy River Heal the Bay issued a water advisory for the Los Angeles River. Learn about this, and what this means for our river. River LA

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The 2017 Urban Garden Party

In just a few weeks, we’ll host our 7th Annual Urban Garden Party fundraiser. Just as our work, this event has progressed over the last seven years, from a small festival to our most important annual fundraiser. This year, we look to celebrate the wholeness of the LA River with our event theme River Beautiful + River Real. (Our take on the City Beautiful movement!)

We’re pretty excited and do hope you decide to join us. This fundraiser is our main event to build energy and resources for the work we do. Today, we want to share highlights of the event. If you’re ready to join us, RSVP here.


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ICYMI: Bacteria Levels and a Petition for Healthy River

Last week, Heal the Bay issued a water advisory, urging the public to avoid exposure to the waters of the Los Angeles River because of the bacterial pollution levels found in the water. While these levels had decreased minimally by Sunday, September 10th, they still recommend avoiding the water.

😬  Not the best, clearly.

But there’s actually a lot to learn from this moment. In this post, we’ll dive into everything you need to know about what these water levels mean for you and your family. Read on to learn more, and sign our petition to stand with a healthy river for all of Southern California.

The Overview

Heal the Bay is a nonprofit dedicated to making the coastal waters and watersheds of Greater Los Angeles safe, healthy, and clean. As part of their work, their scientists collect water quality samples every week at four spots along the LA River. They began doing this in 2015 and the results from the samples taken on Sept 6th in Sepulveda Basin were the most alarming yet.

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