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November 5, 2012
Save LA River Open Space gets a visit from
Urban Waters Federal Partnership:
Los Angeles River's Ambassador.
Friends of the LA River (FOLAR) invited Save LA River Open Space (SLAROS) and Studio City Beautification Association to meet Pauline Louie of the Urban Waters Federal Partnership Ambassador Program. The partnership, made up of 11 federal agencies, is sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of the Interior.
The idea is to accelerate and coordinate on-the-ground projects that, among other things, will improve water quality and foster community stewardship in urban watersheds. The Urban Waters Ambassadors program will work with state and local governments, non-governmental organizations and other local partners. Louie is the Urban Waters Ambassador for Los Angeles which has been selected for a pilot project due to the strong local and community leadership spearheading restoration efforts underway. This ambassadorship is contingent upon a continued Obama administration.
The Los Angeles River projects includes more than 30 partner organizations - federal, state and local governments and non-profit organizations - focusing on a range of restoration projects, studies and outreach in the Los Angeles area. Louie is referred to as "Ambassador" and will act in that capacity between the different federal agencies.
Although Louie is focused on the river as a whole it was important for her to review the progress and activities in Studio City. She toured Radford Artwalk and its connectivity to the proposed bike path along Radford and how it ties into the river. She then toured the river bank between Whitsett and Coldwater that will front the future LA River Natural Park. Louie was provided a copy of the Technical Feasibility analysis showing the viability of the park as a distinct element of the overall efforts to clean up the Los Angeles River and move it into a city wide public asset in many areas.
The meeting with Louie was very important for SLAROS as it may assist in its efforts to identify possible funding sources for purchase of the property.