Headwaters Area

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PROJECT SUMMARY

Located at the confluence of Bell Creek and Arroyo Calabasas, Canoga Park presents a significant opportunity to reimagine the Los Angeles River as a shared cultural, ecological, and infrastructural resource for adjacent communities in relation to the goals of the forthcoming 2020 LA River Master Plan. The area faces hydraulic challenges related to flood risk reduction, as the channel is only estimated to have flood conveyance capacity for a 2% (50 year) event, significant issues with water quality, and a critical lack of parks and open space. Canoga Park is identified as a Major Project Zone in the Master Plan and was commissioned to explore large scale feasibility for project development across the study area.


RESOURCES

The Headwaters Area Project Concept Report is now live!

The Headwaters Area, comprised of three zones along an approximately one mile stretch of the LA River in the West San Fernando Valley, City of Los Angeles, is identified as a Major Project Zone in the LA River Master Plan. The concept phase is comprised of three parallel threads; engagement, data driven needs, and technical feasibility. The Headwaters Area Project Concept team has been focused on braiding these threads together in order to synthesize what is desired, what is needed, and what is possible into project opportunities at the Headwaters Area. This report responds to the hydraulic challenges regarding the current estimated flood conveyance capacity, as well as very high water quality and parks and open space needs in the surrounding communities.

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Event Recap - Headwaters Pavilion LA River Open House

In-Person Community Meeting

May 3, 2022, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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Event Recap - Headwaters Area Community Conversations

2nd Virtual Community Meeting

November 16, 2021, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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1st Virtual Community Meeting

August 18, 2021, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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CONTACT

Mail:
Attention: Genevieve Osmena
Los Angeles County Flood Control District
900 South Fremont Avenue, 11th Floor
Alhambra, CA 91803

Email: LARHeadwaters@pw.lacounty.gov

Phone: (626) 458-4322