Kayaker navigating waves at shoreline

Paddling the world one stroke at a time

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Friends of the Los Angeles River Details

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Once home to steelhead and grizzlies, the Los Angeles River meandered through wetlands, marshes, willow, alder and sycamore, providing desperately needed water for the region. Now running over 50 miles long - from the suburbs of the San Fernando Valley to the ocean in Long Beach - the Los Angeles River flows through 14 cities and countless neighborhoods. When the Army Corps of Engineers initiated a flood control project in the late 1930’s, they began the process of paving 80% of the River, creating the world’s largest storm drain.

Friends of the Los Angeles River (FOLAR) top 2 goals:
1. Restoring the L.A. River's natural habitat.
2. Developing recreational and commuter bikeways, pedestrian paths and horse trails on the riverbanks; as well as places for canoeing and kayaking in the River.

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