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Assistant Deputy Director/
Division Engineer:

Gary Hildebrand

Assistant Division Engineers:
Terri Grant
Angela R. George
Phil Doudar


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(626) 458-4300

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The Los Angeles River has evolved from an uncontrolled, meandering river providing a valuable source of water for early inhabitants to a major flood protection waterway. Today, in addition to protecting the Los Angeles Basin from major flooding, it also offers significant opportunities for recreation and aesthetic improvement for the Los Angeles metropolitan area.

Th Los Angeles County Department of Public Works and other entities have joined in an effort to develop and maintain these resources. In 1991, after much attention to the River, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors directed the Departments of Public Works, Parks and Recreation, and Regional Planning to develop the Los Angeles River Master Plan (LARMP). The LARMP, adopted by the Board of Supervisors in 1996, formulated a multi-objective program for the River while recognizing its primary purpose for flood protection.

The LARMP is overseen by an Advisory Committee of 50 members representing federal, state, city, and local agencies, and environmental and community groups. The Committee meets on a regular basis, and members are given the opportunity to review other members' projects. Project reviews are also performed by County Department of Public Works, the agency that issues construction permits, and by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to ensure that the structural integrity of the Los Angeles River is not compromised.

Completed and upcoming projects, including the development of bikeways, pocket parks, landscaping enhancements, Earth Day events, the Adopt-a-Riverbank Program, and other community and environmental projects have been reviewed, supported, and monitored by the Advisory Committee. In the past five years, there have been over 20 projects completed along the River. The growing awareness with the River has prompted funding for further project implementation through the passage of Propositions 12 and 13. The 2000-01 State Budget allocated over $85 million to River-related projects and interests.

The Los Angeles County Drainage Area (LACDA) Project has also been implementing the goals and objectives of the LARMP for increasing the recreational uses of the Los Angeles River. As part of the LACDA Project, 22 miles of the existing LARIO bike and equestrian trail along the River are being improved through reconstruction and enhanced with native landscaping, rest stops, signage, and new striping.

In addition to project implementation, the Advisory Committee has also been actively undertaking the task of resolving three remaining issues with implementation of the LARMP and subsequent access to the River– long term maintenance, liability, and security.

The LARMP advocates environmental enhancement, recreational opportunities, and economic development.