Thu Jul 8th, 2010 at 03:26:41 PM EST
I've been following this story for awhile with the good intention of writing about it, but we all know where that road goes...
In any case, don't know how many of you have seen/or are aware of the Los Angeles river (yes, we have one... sorta), but it's been an ongoing battle here to get it seen as, y'know, a river. Or at least something other than the two prevailing views of it as either an extended sewage line or a location for scary movie scenes.
I can't do photos at the moment, but you can see our river in all its glory here:
But today, in a bit of good news, we can score one for the good guys...
One of the key points in the battle to get some federal protection for our river, was to have it declared a 'navigable' waterway. To that end, a group of "semi-crazed Angelenos" navigated it.
It was quite a to-do, which included dodging police and at least one person getting fired. There's a youtube here:
And today I'm happy to report this from the LA Times: EPA declares L.A. River 'traditional navigable waters'
U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson on Wednesday declared the entire concrete-lined Los Angeles River channel "traditional navigable waters," a designation crucial to applying Clean Water Act protections throughout its 834-square-mile urban watershed.
(...)The decision may seem odd to people who know the L.A. River as a flood-control channel of treated water a few inches deep flowing between massive, graffiti-marred concrete banks strewn with rotting garbage and broken glass, and occasionally polluted with chemicals illegally dumped in storm drains and gutters that empty into it.
Jackson said the EPA considered factors beyond whether the river's flow and depth can support navigation from its origins at the confluence of the Arroyo Calabasas and Bell Creek in the San Fernando Valley all the way to San Pedro Bay, a distance of about 51 miles.