Usually when we talk about the L.A. river, everybody wants to do something, but don't really know where to start. This project by the Council for Watershed Health is a great place to begin. By establishing what the priorities in and around the rivers are and monitoring achievement versus goal, the public actually gets a sense of how far river agencies have come.
As anyone who's ever been involved in group work knows, a major part of a project's success is to get everyone moving in the same direction. When your team players include twelve major federal agencies that make up the Urban Waters Federal Partnership, that task becomes exponentially more complex.
A recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant of $59,925 to the Council for Watershed Health aims to develop the beginnings of a comprehensive report card that can be used to measure progress and success of the different Urban Waters Federal Partnership agencies at the Los Angeles River watershed. The Los Angeles River Watershed assessment framework builds on previous research the Council has already piloted in a sub-watershed of the L.A. River and work ongoing at the Santa Ana River watershed. [read more]