LA River Selected For 'Urban Waters' Project

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The Richard Lillard Classroom is a trail on both sides of the LA River between Fulton and Coldwater Canyon | Photo by Zach Behrens/LAist

One of seven cities selected, Los Angeles will be participating in the Urban Waters Federal Partnership Program with a focus on the LA River Watershed. The project, "intended to reconnect urban communities with their waterways," will run in alignment with President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative "which calls on agencies to support innovative community efforts to provide safe, healthy and accessible outdoor spaces," according to Friends of the LA River (FOLAR).

This partnership will reconnect urban communities, particularly those that are overburdened or economically distressed, with their waterways by improving coordination among federal agencies and collaborating with community-led revitalization efforts to improve our Nation’s water systems and promote their economic, environmental and social benefits.

The full, signed, mission document is available here.