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FoLAR E-Newsletter March 2013

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  • Shelly Backlar
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Current News March 2013 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Friends of the Los Angeles River
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 29, 2013
      Current News
      March 2013
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      Friends of the Los Angeles River : From the Mountains to the Sea
      Pilot LA River Recreational Zone
      Boating and Fishing may come to Glendale Narrows this Summer
      Flyfishing in the Glendale Narrows
      Photo by William Preston Bowling
      The Los Angeles City Council recently voted in support of the 2013 pilot Los Angeles River Recreational Zone in the Glendale Narrows.  A government partnership, including the City of L.A., the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE), the L.A. County Department of Public Works and the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA), is collaborating to create a plan to allow kayaking and fishing this summer.  The Recreational Zone will stretch from Fletcher Drive downstream to the Riverside-Figueroa Bridge, running from sunrise to sunset from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
      FoLAR's Recommendations for Near-Term Recreational Access and Use of the Los Angeles River, a report issued in response to the U.S. EPA's July 2010 determination that the L.A. River is a "traditionally navigable waterway", was influential in the creation of this pilot program. The plan, if approved by all agencies, will allow the public to bring their own kayaks to Rattlesnake Park and paddle downstream to Egret Park.  Fishing will be permitted with a license from the California State Department of Fish and Wildlife.  MRCA Rangers will patrol the zone during the summer and the NELA Riverfront Collaborative will contribute signage.  The signage plan is currently in approval process, and FoLAR will keep you informed about further progress in the coming weeks.
      Great Los Angeles River CleanUp is Set for Saturday, May 18, 2013
      To reserve a space for your group, association, company, club, church, school or scouting organization, email us at contact@... or call 323-223-0585.  We also need in-kind donations such as raffle prizes, fleet services, printing services and event equipment.  Individual registration will begin in April.
      These Generous Sponsors Make the CleanUp Possible:
      Miss Me, Whole Foods Market, Toyota Financial Services, Anheuser-Busch, Forest Lawn, KIND Healthy Snacks, City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation, Earthwise Bags, Albertsons, Dart Foundation, Baxter Bioscience, Huntsman, Keep America Beautiful, Keep California Beautiful, Keep Los Angeles Beautiful, The Guacamole Fund, Disney VoluntEARS, NBCUniversal, Aveda, L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, Perkins + Will, Green Wish, BBPR Inc., and L.A. Weekly. 

      Sponsorship opportunities are still available!
      Fun Run Proceeds to Benefit FoLAR
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      Whole Foods Community Giving Day Benefits FoLAR's CleanUp
      Stock your pantry and visit the FoLAR booth at one of these five
      Whole Foods Market locations on Wednesday, April 3, 2013:

      Sherman Oaks:  12905 Riverside Dr
      Sherman Oaks West:  4520 N. Sepulveda
      3rd and Fairfax:  6350 West 3rd Street
      Source 2 Sea Education Program
      On Saturday, March 16, FoLAR's Education Director, Shelly Backlar, held a Project WET (Watershed Education for Teachers) training workshop for 30 teachers. 
      Teacher training at the River Center
      Photo by William Preston Bowling

      Targeted to 4th through 6th grade students, Source 2 Sea includes an in-class lesson by a FoLAR educator followed by a Los Angeles River field trip.  Bus transportation is provided for those who need it.  The program is free of charge thanks to grants from our generous sponsors:  The Marisla Foundation, Southern California Edison, Captain Planet Foundation and the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA).  Due to the overwhelming response to the program, Shelly is looking forward to developing and implementing River education opportunities for students in grades K - 12. 

      L.A. River and Arroyo Seco Confluence Restoration Presentation on April 2, 2013
      Address postal inquiries to:
      Friends of the Los Angeles River
      570 W. Ave 26, Ste. 250
      Los Angeles, CA 90065-1047
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