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Thanks to Lewis MacAdams for the blog name, and to Katie Smith for the vital assist.

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  1. Robert Sullivan

    This is a much needed blog. The LA River is a landmark, a life supporter and materials mover.

  2. Hey there Jay. Great to paddle into you & Dan Chamberlin on the LA River this past weekend @ the FoLar clean-up. I ran into some nifty little channels downstream and a mini set of rapids (as well as the jumpin’ carp, too). Will look forward to seeing you out there again. Let me know if you want to coordinate efforts and do a few clips from the boater’s point-of-view.

  3. Great blog!

    I love the defenders of urban wildlands. You may want to check out my blog on Long Beach:


    I’ve been trying to tour all the parks with natural areas in Long Beach. There are quite a few left to do on the LA River, but I’ve hit up a couple so far (DeForest Park and Golden Shores).

    Hope you like it!

  4. Cool Blog! I like the idea that there at least two us who have made blogs about important local places that could otherwise get overlooked. Check mine out at http://neath.wordpress.com

  5. I am trying to do a show with FoLAR (MacAdams)
    Dig U blog it taught me a lot on the subject & more.
    The Blogroll … Top Cool!
    Bravo and Thanks

  6. Long Beach cuts the ribbon on a wetlands wonder
    By Pamela Hale-Burns, Staff Writer

    LONG BEACH – At first glance, you might not think the site is a flood-control channel, but that’s exactly what it is.

    With an array of beautiful flowers and wildlife in the background, Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster and Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe cut the ribbon at the opening of the $7million, 50-acre Dominguez Gap Wetlands project in Long Beach on Thursday.

    The first of its kind in the region, the wetlands project, along the east and west sides of the Los Angeles River between Del Amo Boulevard and the San Diego (405) Freeway, still offers flood protection along the river’s urban lower reaches.

    But it also helps improve groundwater quality, restores some native habitat and offers trails for walkers and horseback riders.

    “This is a great day for the Los Angeles County and for its water-quality partners,” said Knabe. “The project’s open space, water-quality improvements and groundwater recharge make it a cost-effective solution for addressing some of the county’s toughest regional issues.”

    Water flows into the wetlands from the river and Long Beach-area storm drains. Some 1.3 million gallons per day is then treated by the wetlands’ plant life, which removes traces of heavy metals, organic carbons, oil and greases from urban runoff.

    “We want to deliver water that is of some quality to our community,” said Mark Pestrella, assistant deputy director of the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works. “We know that we will reduce the nutrients a significant amount.”
    The treated water from the east basin flows into the west basin for storage and groundwater recharge or flows into the L.A. River.

    “The purpose of this project is to provide flood protection, improve water quality and to provide water conservation,” said Diego Cadena, County Public Works deputy director.

    The construction of the 37-acre east basin includes one mile of treatment wetlands, pedestrian and horseback trails, bird observation decks, woodland and riparian habitat and a bike trail rest station.

    Some of the wildlife native to the area, including the red-shouldered hawk, the great blue heron, and the tri-colored blackbird, are returning to the region, according to county officials. Plants like purple sage, buckwheat, monkeyflower and willow trees are also part of the habitat.

    “It adds recreational opportunities like hiking, biking and a rest area,” said Cadena. “There are educational opportunities as well. It’s a true multipurpose facility.”

    The 24-hour facility is open to the public except on storm days, when it is closed for security reasons.

    “We want the public to come out,” said Cadena. “You’re right in the middle of the city but you’ll believe you are somewhere outside of L.A. It’s so beautiful and peaceful.”

    Although plans have been under way since the early 1990s, construction took 18 months and was funded with a $2.35 million Proposition 13 CALFED grant, $200,000 from Proposition 40 funds administered through the Rivers and Mountains Conservancy, $400,000 from the California Coastal Conservancy Wetland Recovery Project, and $4 million from the Los Angeles County Flood Control District.

    The 15-acre west basin will add 450 acre-feet of water a year to the system – an acre-foot of water is enough water for two families of four for one year.

    “The Dominguez Gap Wetlands project will have a measurable impact on water quality and return enough water to the groundwater system to meet the supply demands for 900 families of four for one year,” Cadena said.

    The L.A. River has historically been polluted by stormwater and runoff that collects on the city streets and communities, due to littering and illegal dumping of automobile fluids and other contaminants.

    “We want the public to know it starts with them; the cigarette butts they drop, the trash,” Cadena said. “They are a key component to water quality and helping solve the problem.”

    pam.hale@presstelegram.com, 562-499-1476

  7. Hi Jay,

    I work with George Wolfe and put together the river commuting video that stars George. I have another video where I captured an apelike creature cleaning up the river: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oY2a76zb6k

    Nature Trumps Indeed!

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