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L.A. River Study: Should Glendale Narrows Lose the Concrete?

A study of how to naturalize the ten-mile stretch of the L.A. River without creating flood danger continues. The public will get an update Monday.

The Glendale Narrows of the L.A. River run approximately from Griffith Park in Los Feliz through Atwater and Silver Lake's "Frogtown" to the intersection of the 110 and 5 freeways in the Elysian Valley.

The Narrows are among the river's most naturalized stretches. The natural bottom is fed by an aquifer. That's encouraged plant and wildlife to develop there organically.

When activists and others talk about possible stretches of the river that might open to group tours, the Narrows is frequently discussed.

The ten-mile-long Glendale Narrows has also been the subject of a now six-year-old study nicknamed the "ARBOR" study -- an acronym for "Alternative with Restoration Benefits and Opportunities for Revitalization."

A partnership between U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Bureau of Engineering for the City of Los Angeles, the $9 million study now focuses on the Narrows and ways to balance ecological improvements with adequate protections.

Some possible measures include partial removal of concrete along the stretch, as well as trails and natural filtration, according to a new blog posting by the Friends of the Los Angeles River on the KCET Departures website.

Three possible scenarios are still being developed. One will finally be presented to Congress for funding and implementation by the Army Corps of Engineers.

Click through to read the FoLAR blog in full.

The public is invited to an update on the ARBOR study on Monday, July 9 at 1 p.m. at Los Angeles City Hall, 200 Spring St., Room 1020.

See an agenda here.

Meantime, another summer of paddling programs at the Sepulveda Dam stretch of the L.A. River stil awaits permitting.

Kim Axelrod Ohanneson July 08, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Last year, I paddled the two-mile stretch of the L.A. River (Balboa to Sepulveda) that has been left completely natural. It was an amazing experience and I really hope that the concrete is removed from the Glendale Narrows; it would so improve quality of life in NELA. A recent trip to Seattle made me realize that we're squandering an amazing natural resource. You can read about my river paddling trip at the link below: http://highlandpark-ca.patch.com/articles/travelogue-paddling-the-los-angeles-river#photo-7408103
Anthea Raymond July 08, 2012 at 07:25 PM
@Kim--Thanks. This was a great piece. I also linked to it above. Will you be back for a quality check again this season?
Save the Los Angeles River March 21, 2013 at 03:58 PM
It amazes me all the millions and millions and more millions spent on studies for the river and the many billions more that have been spent already on projects of questionable value, i.e. parks that get little if any use other than by ner do wells and a bike path that is not maintained or well used. Why these "activitivist", small in number as they are, do not want to force the city to spend money on doing simple things like putting up signage all along the river, cleaning up the trash and keeping it out of the river, improving water quality and providing proper security is beyond me. It seems that they think if they keep throwing money at the river and doing multi million dollar studies they are improving the river.
Save the Los Angeles River March 21, 2013 at 04:00 PM
If Kim is back for a "quality check" this year I hope she has good insurance.

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