FoLAR E-Newsletter March 2013
- Current NewsMarch 2013Friends of the Los Angeles River : From the Mountains to the SeaBoating and Fishing may come to Glendale Narrows this SummerFlyfishing in the Glendale NarrowsPhoto by William Preston BowlingThe 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.GROUP REGISTRATION is open NOW!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!Stock your pantry and visit the FoLAR booth at one of these fiveWhole Foods Market locations on Wednesday, April 3, 2013:Glendale: 331 North Glendale AveArroyo: 465 South Arroyo ParkwaySherman Oaks: 12905 Riverside DrSherman Oaks West: 4520 N. Sepulveda3rd and Fairfax: 6350 West 3rd StreetSource 2 Sea Education ProgramOn 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 CenterPhoto by William Preston BowlingTargeted 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.