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Project: Upper Los Angeles River and Tributaries working group

Description: Upper Los Angeles River and Tributaries planning and working group implementation pursuant to AB 466 (Chapter 341, Statutes 2017)

Reference Number: 3810P011775

Implemented By: Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority

Objective: Assembly Bill 466 (AB 466), Chapter 341 of the Statutes of 2017, authored by Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra and signed by the Governor on September 28, 2017 establishes, within the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (Conservancy), the Upper Los Angeles River and Tributaries Working Group (Working Group). AB 466 requires that by March 1, 2019, through watershed-based planning methods and community engagement, the Working Group develop a Revitalization Plan (Plan) for the Upper Los Angeles River, the tributaries of the Pacoima Wash, Tujunga Wash, and Verdugo Wash, and any additional tributary waterway that the Working Group determines to be necessary. The unique obstacles that state and local governments encounter while managing the Los Angeles River and its surrounding areas require consideration when developing a Plan. Since the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA) has years of management experience along the River and it's tributaries, they are uniquely qualified to help develop this Plan. The MRCA is requesting a grant from Proposition 1 and Proposition 84 to fund the planning and design necessary to assist the Conservancy in this effort to develop a Plan. The Plan will at the minimum address the diverse needs of the Upper Los Angeles River, Pacoima Wash, Tujunga Wash, Verdugo Wash, the communities through which they pass, and would include potential watershed education programs. The Plan will be submitted to the Conservancy board for approval and adoption by March 1, 2019. Once adopted by the Conservancy, the Plan will be considered an amendment to the watershed and Open Space Plan for the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers also known as, and hereinafter referred to as, the "Common Ground" plan.

Type: Restoration, Recreation/Access/Interpretation, Technical Assistance, Research/Planning (including Science)

Total Cost: $3,200,000.00

Project Status: Project Implementation

On Time?: Yes    Within Scope?: Yes    Within Budget?: Yes

Estimated Completion: 6/30/2021    Actual Completion:

Associated Counties: Los Angeles

Project Benefits a Disadvantaged Community (or SDAC): Yes Located In Severely Disadvantaged Community: Yes

Contribution SourcesContribution DateContribution Amount
Prop. 84, Upper Los Angeles River Watershed Protection Program3/22/2018$250,000.00
Prop. 1, Urban Creek (LA River)3/22/2018$2,200,000.00
Prop. 68, River Parkways and Urban Streams: SMMC3/16/2020$750,000.00

Project MetricMetric TopicQuantityUnit
RestorationUrban Greening  
Recreation/Access/InterpretationNew/enhanced public parks  
Technical AssistanceOther  
Research/Planning (including Science)Feasibility Studies -- Ecosystem Restoration  

Water Action Plan Target

Make Conservation a California Way of LifeAction Description
Increase Regional Self-Reliance and Integrated Water Management Across All Levels of GovernmentAction Description
Protect and Restore Important EcosystemsAction Description
Expand Water Storage Capacity and Improve Groundwater ManagementAction Description


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