10 Sep New Legislation Focuses On Long Beach Portion of Los Angeles River
Originally published by Gazettes Newspapers
Jennifer Rice Epstein
A newly passed assembly bill may bring a bit of wilderness back to the lower Los Angeles River.
The bill, AB 530, creates a local working group that will focus on revitalizing the lower portion of the river, from the Gateway Cities through Long Beach, where the river flows into the Pacific.
“What’s striking to me is that after many years of nobody paying attention to the river, we’re getting serious attention from politicians,” Lewis MacAdams, co-founder of Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR), said.
This is a welcome development, MacAdams said. FoLAR has been advocating for a cleaner, more natural river for more than 25 years.
“There’s a sense now that things are possible,” he said.
The Los Angeles River is 51 miles long, flowing through 14 cities. Before the arrival of the Spanish in the area, it was an important source of water and food for the Tongva Native Americans who lived along its banks. Rainbow trout and Chinook salmon lived in the river, and the blackberries that grew on the river’s banks provided food for the grizzly bears that lived nearby.
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