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


Officials provide update on $20-million in potential funds for Glendale-Los Angeles bicycle and pedestrian bridge Here’s an update about a bond measure that could fund construction of a pedestrian and bicycle-friendly bridge linking Glendale to Los Angeles. LA Times

Bill to Make Improvements along Pacoima and Tujunga Washes Signed by Governor Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation which will provide more resources to the Pacoima and Tujunga Washes. Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra

Cities Chafe at Clean Water Rules for L.A.'s Concrete River A group of Southern California municipalities says they want the federal government to exclude the concrete-lined Los Angeles River and its paved tributaries from Clean Water Act requirements. Bloomberg

California lawmakers approve $4 billion ballot measure for parks and water projects  The bill, SB 5, passed at midnight Friday and now sits on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk. Mercury


Los Angeles Officially Announced as Host of 2028 Olympics Summer 2028 will be the first time the U.S. has hosted the Olympics since 1996 in Atlanta. L.A. Variety

Announcing the Launch of OurLA2040 Community Conversations Share your perspective on the topics included in the General Plan update. OurLA2040

LA River Clean Up Come out and enjoy Sunday morning at the Elysian Valley Gateway Park to help restore our beautiful river along the Glendale Narrows. ASCE

In Los Angeles, Artists Open a Museum to Resist Displacement A new arts space opened in the Arts District studio of two artists who might be forced out of their longtime home and workspace. Hyperallergic

Los Angeles Is on the Verge of Becoming More Connected for Pedestrians Several projects promise easier access and a new horizon for a city reliant on driving. Architectural Digest

The LA River, a favorite Hollywood backdrop, cleans up its act A plan to beautify a stretch of river made famous by dozens of movies is the springboard for an upsurge of bars, cafes and music venues in Los Angeles’ Elysian Valley. The Guardian

City recommends team to design LA River’s G2 parcel park The city’s bureau of engineering has announced its preferred team to makeover G2. Curbed LA

Engineers, designers and residents weigh in on new L.A. River park Residents were briefed on the process ahead to transform a barren and contaminated 42-acre lot. The Eastsider LA

Glendale/Griffith Park bridge across LA River closing in on funding The project could get $20M from the state if ballot measure is approved by voters. Curbed LA


Houston's floods are a warning for California to shore up its water systems. The good news: We're getting started. Thankfully we will never have to deal with Houston-type flooding. Or will we? LA Times

They didn't know the LA River was full of E. coli, but public officials did At least five government agencies knew about E. coli-tainted water, but they did little to notify the general public. SCPR

LA Sustainable Water Project: Los Angeles River Watershed Researchers studied the urbanized Los Angeles River (LAR) watershed. UCLA

Too much water recycling could dry up the LA River Study out of UCLA suggests water reclaiming methods may not be sustainable for the LA River. Southern California Public Radio

‘Winter is coming’: What do climate scientists predict for Southern California? Will we have a rerun of last winter which dumped record amounts of rain and snow? San Gabriel Valley Tribune


Restoring the River, A Little At a Time: A New L.A. River Trail Segment in the Valley The half-mile of trail connects two previously existing segments of L.A. River Greenway Trail. KCET 

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