River LA seeks to ensure that the enhancement of our public infrastructure is designed to serve the greater good - for both people and nature. We believe that this next generation infrastructure is going to take creative public-private partnerships that are driven by transparent data, broad participation, and beautiful design.
In 2014, we engaged acclaimed LA-based architect Frank Gehry, a diverse group of technical experts and the public to help us understand the current reality and imagine the future possibilities for the Los Angeles River.
What does a truly healthy, vibrant and resilient river look like in our urban context?
How do we redesign the river in a way that enhances the safety and health of our region's ecology and communities?
How should we rethink the local water supply that feeds and is fed by the river?
How can we be sure that the vast benefits of this public resource are shared equitably across all 51-miles of the river from Canoga Park to Long Beach?
And most importantly, why take on a challenge of this magnitude with uncertainty and complexity as the only guarantees?
These questions don’t have simple answers, in fact, we realized that we needed to invest in learning how to think about the river before we could begin to make recommendations, let alone design solutions. So we began synthesizing the vast array of existing data surrounding the LA River, building upon 25 years of work and creating a single, equitable framework to use when evaluating the possibilities along all 51 miles of the river.
The LA River Index was made possible by the tireless work of River LA’s partners and the generous funding from public and private sector supporters, including the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, the Rivers and Mountains Conservancy, The City of Long Beach, Achieving America Family Foundation, California Community Foundation’s Opportunity Fund, the California Water Foundation program of the Resources Legacy Fund, Goldhirsh Foundation, The JIB Fund, JP Morgan Chase Bank, The John W. Carson Foundation, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, Andrea Gibbin, Luann and Bob Williams, Lynda and Stewart Resnick, Amy Gordon Yanow and Tony Yanow, and matching donations to the Yanow gift raised online from many individual donors.
We share our current learning with the hope you will lend your perspective, your passion and most importantly your willingness to help us figure out what to do next.