Discover the L.A. River, History and Future, With Sierra Club

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7th Street Bridge crosses the Los Angeles River in Long Beach. Photo by Stacey Z.

7th Street Bridge crosses the Los Angeles River in Long Beach. Photo by Stacey Z.

Long Beach has a special relationship with the LA River, as the mouth of the river and its last 10 miles are within the city’s boundaries.

William Preston Bowling, Special Projects Manager with the Friends of the Los Angeles River (FOLAR), has spent over a decade working to bring attention to the river, which to many is little more than a concrete-lined flood control channel.

On May 4, 2016 Mr. Bowling will talk about why the river is lined in concrete, and what FOLAR is doing to help restore the LA River to its former beauty and some of the programs they have to get the public kayaking, fishing and enjoying the river. In May FOLAR and the Sierra Club are partnering on a birding walk in the Long Beach section of the river.

Governor Jerry Brown signed Assemblymember Anthony Rendon’s bill, Assembly Bill 530, to create a restoration plan for the lower Los Angeles River, from south Los Angeles to the ocean.

The presentation is free and open to the public. Join The Sierra Club on the first Wednesday of the month (May 4) at 7:30 p.m. at the Environmental Services Bureau, 2929 E Willow St, Long Beach, CA. More information about the Long Beach Area Group can be found at:
http://www.sierraclub.org/angeles/long-beach.

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