Let's Ensure the LA River Master Plan Enhances Watershed and Community Health
by Melissa von Mayrhauser
LAW has joined as a member of the Los Angeles County River
Update Steering Committee, and we plan to advocate for a revised master plan that will restore the Los Angeles River in a forward-thinking way that connects watershed and community health.
A lot of political momentum has been stirring around river revitalization since the last County River Master Plan was released in 1996, but many of the planning processes thus far have revolved around the beautification of the river channel and development of riverfront areas.
While we are excited about the increased focus on the river's place in our lives, let us be clear - fragmented and superficial changes that simply beautify concrete and promote development do not constitute river restoration or revitalization, and they may in fact foreclose future benefits for the community and the river and preclude more holistic, long-term planning.