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LA River Reader – January 2017

2016: LA River Year in Review

Happy New Year River Friend!

As we look towards an exciting and optimistic future for the Los Angeles River in 2017 and beyond, I want to take a moment to celebrate our all we were able to accomplish in 2016 with you by our side.

2016 marked the 30th anniversary of that fabled evening when Lewis MacAdams cut a hole in the chain link fence around our River declaring it open to the people.  With that, Lewis started FoLAR and thus began the River movement that you have helped sustain.  With all the poetic flare you might expect, this significant anniversary produced a pivotal year for FoLAR and for the River itself.   Together, we turned out the vote for ballot measures that will help transform your River, produced our largest annual River clean up yet, and realized the long-awaited adoption of a plan for 11 miles of River restoration.

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LA City To Vote on Purchase of 42 Acres of Open Space

It’s almost judgement day for the 42-acre G2 Parcel – will the City buy it or will it go to the highest bidder? The G2 Parcel is currently in escrow and the City Council will soon vote on closing the deal and finalizing the purchase.

This crucial vote is the first and final opportunity to acquire the parcel envisioned as the crown jewel of Riverside open space.


FoLAR in Action

Lewis passes the golden bolt cutters to Marissa
LA Mayor Eric Garcetti presides as FoLAR Founder Lewis MacAdams passes the golden bolt cutters to new FoLAR Executive Director Marissa Christiansen.

Help make 2017 the Year of the LA River

We’re fighting to make 2017 the Year of the LA River! If you believe in our work and restoring the LA River it’s time to make your voice heard with a donation. We need you to chip in so we have the resources to start the Year of the River right. 

Make your contribution today at

Upcoming Events

Lower Los Angeles River Working Group Meeting
January 5 @ 6 pm
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Rally for the G2 Parcel at the LA City Council Budget & Finance Committee Meeting
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River Assessment Fieldwork Team (RAFT) @ Glendale Narrows
January 14 @ 10:00 am
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Standing Rock and LA River Revitalization: How Are They Connected?
January 24 @ 7:30 pm
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ALL OUT 2017 with REI & FoLAR
January 28 @ 10:00 am
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River Assessment Fieldwork Team (RAFT) @ Maywood
January 28 @ 10:00 am
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WRDA Passes: ARBOR’s Alternative 20 Flows Forward

The Water Infrastructure Investment Act (WIIN) – formerly known as the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 (WRDA) – has passed and the Los Angeles’ River future is brighter than ever. WIIN generates significant federal funding for ARBOR’s Alternative 20, $375.8 million of the project’s $1.4 billion cost.


Current Events

The head of the crusade to preserve the the L.A. River is stepping aside as group’s president – LA Times
Lewis MacAdams, the LA River’s main man, turns over the reins of FoLAR – 89.3 KPCC
Water Resources Bill includes millions in funding for LA River Projects – LA Times
Lewis MacAdams Is a River Visionary – LA Downtown News
Mia Lehrer to Design Native Landscape for New River Development – LA Times
Dianne Feinstein: Water Resources Bill Greatly Benefits California – Sierra Sun Times
Councilman comes up with way to fund LA River upgrades – Curbed LA
Details Revealed for High-Speed Rail Path Into Downtown – LA Downtown News
See what the L.A. Bureau of Engineering has in store for the L.A. River – The Architect’s Newspaper
Podcast: The LA River’ on One-to-One! Feat. FoLAR’s Marissa Christiansen – Archinect
New Sixth Street bridge will be delayed until late 2020 – Curbed LA