06 Apr FoLAR Appointed to the Lower Los Angeles River Working Group
Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR) is honored to announce that California Natural Resources Secretary John Laird has selected FoLAR as a member of the Lower Los Angeles River Working Group created by Speaker Anthony Rendon’s AB 530. “We’re thrilled to join the working group to represent the grassroots River movement and continue our work on the Lower River. We connect communities – it’s what we do.” said FoLAR Vice President Shelly Backlar
The Working Group is a key part of the effort to develop a revitalization plan for the Lower Los Angeles River. The Los Angeles County River Revitalization Master Plan does not include the lower section of the River and the Working Group will add to and enhance the County Plan. All stakeholders, cities, and unincorporated areas along the Lower River will now have a spot on the Working Group.
This is a great opportunity for underserved communities to engage in the planning process and ensure that their needs and values are addressed. As a grassroots leader in the L.A. River movement, FoLAR is excited to join the Working Group to continue its years of work in the Lower River and creating open and green spaces for the entire community.
This is a pivotal moment in the ongoing effort to create a true 51 mile vision for the Los Angeles River which includes all riverside communities and constituencies from the mountains to the sea. FoLAR has long been working toward this goal and in 2016 expanded its commitment to the Lower River opening a Lower River office in Long Beach.
FoLAR is looking forward to bringing its 30 years of grassroots leadership to the Lower Los Angeles River Working Group and continue our work with other stakeholders who have been working on the lower river for many years, as well as newcomers to the L.A. River restoration movement.