City Council Committee Could Vote on Glendale Narrows Boating, Recreation Monday

The plan to create a five-mile area for free and legal boating, fishing and hiking in the L.A. River is moving quickly along, too quickly for some.


The plan to create a "Recreational Zone" in the riverbed of a five-mile stretch of the Los Angeles River goes before a city council committee Monday.

The Los Angeles City Council's Ad Hoc River Committee, chaired by Council District 1's Ed Reyes, will consider the plan at 3 p.m. on Monday at City Hall.

(See the agenda in the attached gallery.)

The plan was aired on Thursday, Jan. 24 before the public at a meeting held at the Los Angeles River Center in Cypress Park.

As envisioned, the park would stretch from North Atwater Park to the Elysian Valley, just above Confluence Park, where the Arroyo Seco meets the main river.

Hiking, fishing and non-motorized boating would be allowed.

The proposal incorporates rules enforced by the Mountain Recreation and Conservation Authority, whose rangers would patrol the "zone"  from sunrise to sundown from May 27 to Sept. 2.

Diane Edwardson of the Corralitas Red Car Property blog echoed the concerns of some at the meeting in a posting Sunday:

Under the proposed soon-to-be-posted rules, on-leash dogs will only be allowed on the bike path between North Atwater Park and The Confluence. The bike path is not easy to walk with a dog.  You're constantly looking over your shoulder because you can't hear bikes coming up from behind due to the noise of the 2 & 5 Freeways and the idling trains at the Metrolink Maintenance Yard.

Edwardson and others want the ban removed from the rules covering the area.

Others are concerned about the impact boating, hiking and, presumably, dogwalking would have on the plant and animal life in the Glendale Narrows stretch of the river, where a dirt bottom keeps things lush.

Another very important issue raised by the plan is its impact on the residential and industrial Elysian Valley neighborhood where most of the parking and egress points would be located.

Streets throught the area are narrow and not meant to deal with heavy traffic.

There is also extremely limited parking in the area, and the lack of privacy that a high number of visitors could mean.

There is also the larger concern of what economic development along the river would mean to Elysian Valley residents.

That concern can only be heightened since the creation of a Los Angeles Riverfront Collaborative, announced last week.

The collaborative is tasked with creating a NELA Riverfront District, stretching from Lincoln Heights to Atwater Village on either side of the river.

This would include identifying economic projects that can create jobs in the area using exising infrastructure.

Funded by the Federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities, the collaborative will work with the city on a report due in the Spring of 2014.

Tony Taylor January 28, 2013 at 03:50 PM
JUST SAY NO TO THIS SCHEME!!! There are to many "no's" and "we don't know" in this plan. Most of the questions asked at the meeting last week drew those answers from the agency and Mountains Recreation Ranger. They did not know what impact this would have on wildlife...I can tell you it would destroy it. This period of time they want to do this nonsense is during the height of the nesting and young raising season for birds on the river, it is also the time the ducks and geese moult. There is already enough human interference at the river that already affects them in their nesting, and that effects the number of birds on the river, allowing more interference and allowing people who have no idea what they are doing to boat in the river, IN RECLAIMED SEWAGE WATER FULL OF ALL KINDS OF CHEMICALS HARMFUL TO PEOPLE AND TO ANIMALS is ridiculous!!!! As for dogs at water's edge on leash, most dogs seen daily at the river are off leash, I know they do not belong at water's edge and personally do not think they should be allowed at the river at all. Plenty of places to walk the dog without going to the river.
Dwain Wilson January 28, 2013 at 06:57 PM
@Tony Taylor: Where is reclaimed sewage water introduced into the LA River? Also, if you have information about chemical dumping/drainage, that should be reported.
Sue T, January 28, 2013 at 07:27 PM
It's actually reclaimed storm drain water (pretty much the same thing as sewage water, if you ask me,) and it comes from that DWP facility up near the 5 and 134 junction (as well as other places, I suppose.) I don't know what chemicals are used there to "reclaim" the water, but there is a huge amount of algae in all the little backwaters along the Los Feliz part of the River below that treatment plant, and I can't help thinking that foul-smelling algae comes from that water.
Save the Los Angeles River January 28, 2013 at 08:14 PM
Sue T. has the correct information. Most of the water is treated at the, I think it is called Tillman Reclamation Center, in the valley. The water is treated with chemicals to make it somewhat clean. If you go to parks, cemeteries, golf courses, etc. where they use this water they have signs that say it is purple pipe water, and to not drink it, wash your hands with it, etc. In addition to purple pipe water in the river a good bit of the water comes from runoff that drains into the river. That water too has all kinds of chemicals in it and things like gas, oil, etc. The algae that grows in the river is what the wildlife feeds off of as well as other plants that grow in the river. Because there was no algae in the river last summer I believe that those doing the guided for pay tours in the valley were having the water treated at the reclamation plant so that it would not grow. Peroxide is one thing that can be used to stifle the growth. With the algae growing in the water one would have extreme difficulty in paddling through it. The whole scheme they want to do is just ridiculous. The other thing that is in the water is human waste that comes from people who live on islands in the river and along that, as well as lots of trash.
Anthea Raymond January 30, 2013 at 06:00 PM
The committee continued its vote on this until Feb. 25, its next meeting. Many spoke in support of the plan, though others brought up the ban on dogs in the channel and the impact on neighboring communities, especially Atwater and the Elysian Valley. There is some concern that community voices are being shut out of the planning process, which is being driven largely by the city, the County Flood Control District, the Mountains and River Conservancy and the Army Corps. AR


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