The Tujunga Wash Greenway and Streambed Restoration Project restored a one-mile reach of Los Angeles County Flood Control District right-of-way along the Tujunga Wash and provides open space within the Valley Glen community. The project restored riparian habitat, allowed for groundwater recharge, enhanced water quality, and served as a model for the creation of a sustainable and healthy alternative stream system in a dense urban setting. In addition, both banks of the channel include pedestrian walkways, seating areas, native and drought-tolerant landscaping and new entryways.
Benefits to Environmental Resources
The project provides multiple benefits to the local community:
• Water Conservation – Groundwater recharge of approximately 380 acre-feet per year
• Water quality improvement – A natural treatment of stormwater runoff that is diverted from the Tujunga Wash to the stream
• Ecosystem restoration - The streambed and surrounding landscaping has created a habitat for plants and small animals
Contribution to wellbeing of DPW and the County
The project also improves the quality of life for the residents through enhanced recreational amenities and interpretive signage.
Contribution to Economic Health
Construction of the project was completed in 2007 with total project cost of approximately $7 million. The project was funded by County Supervisor Zev Yarovslavsky (3rd District) through Proposition A, the Department of Water Resources, the Resources Agency, and Los Angeles County Flood Control District. The project was managed by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority