A WATERSHED MOVEMENT FOR LOS ANGELES
Any discussion about what the Los Angeles River is, must begin by talking about what it was. Imagine a 51 mile waterway, meandering from the San Fernando Valley to the Pacific Ocean in Long Beach, home to bears and steelhead trout, shaded by lush alder, sycamore and willow trees and providing freshwater to 14 cities in the greater LA area. The beauty and vitality of the river was, at one time, awe-inspiring.
The Los Angeles River you see today tells a different story. That is, if you see it at all. For the greater part of five generations, the majority of the river has been the world’s largest storm drain – a concrete blight that claims a habitat for fences, graffiti and trash.
Since 1986, the Friends of the LA River has been devoted to restoring the LA River’s natural habitat and is fueled by the dream of a River free from concrete. For 30 years we have led the River Movement. We respect the practical concerns of a modern, cosmopolitan city, but believe the river can work in concert with development to provide so much more for the people and environment of Los Angeles.
FOLAR is both an agent for change and a river steward for those who share our vision. We treat the river like a work of art, valuing creativity, tenacity and technical expertise to bring beauty into the world. We believe in a swimmable, boatable, fishable, bikeable river for all. We’ve done some amazing things already, but we have a long way to go.
Together with you, we can Crack the Concrete!