LA River | Photo Courtesy of Friends of the LA River
LA River | Photo Courtesy of Friends of the LA River

#9 Los Angeles River, CA

Threat: Inadequate management, climate change and pollution

We must demand bold action to revitalize the Los Angeles River in the face of climate change.

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LA River | Photo courtesy of Friends of the LA River

The Los Angeles River (LA River) is perhaps best known for its concrete. Some may not even recognize the flood control channel as a river, with 95 percent of its riverine habitat already lost to urbanization. However, the river’s natural heart still beats and its future is at stake. As urbanization continues to impact the river’s health, a number of public agencies — LA County Department of Public Works chief among them – are considering plans that determine the river’s fate. They must abandon plans that prioritize concrete and instead embrace a vision that prioritizes river health, equitable community access and climate resilience.

American Rivers appreciates the collaboration and efforts of our partners:

  • Los Angeles Waterkeeper
  • Friends of the LA River
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