LA County's proposed updated LA River Master Plan is not what some of us had thought it would be. A few years ago, we heard talk of returning the river to a more natural state, but it seems that the County is doubling down on mistakes made decades ago before we ostensibly knew what we know now. We now know that because of our indifference to and ignorance of the natural environment, we have created the climate crisis, which will turn 500-year floods into much more common events. And we now know that we must work to create permeable surfaces that capture rainfall and water, and instead of rushing all that river water out to the ocean, provide opportunities for some of it to be absorbed into the soil—hard to do if the walls and bottom of the river are concrete. And we now know that improvements can have unintended (or intended) consequences, driving out some of those who live near the river.
—Lisa Hart, NCSA steering board member
For others' thoughts on the proposal, check out:
- VerdeXchange VX 2021 Marketmakers' Conference
- EcoJustice Radio—LA River Revitalization: The Story of Master Plan Gone Awry
The plan begs the question, who/what is it designed to serve?
Public comment has been extended to May 13, so please consider weighing in! larivermasterplan.org/
You can also email your comments—[email protected].
And Friends of the LA River (FoLAR) has created this advocacy toolkit, which includes this community sign-on letter your NC can sign. Email Liliana Griego at [email protected] to be added as a signatory. You have until Thursday, May 6.
And are you wondering what the City of Los Angeles's take on this is? So are we.
Updated April 11, 2021
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