The City of Los Angeles Water Protection Division is joining Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio R. Villaraigosa for an announcement of the Los Angeles River being selected as an America’s Great Outdoors (AGO) project and an Urban Waters Federal Partnership pilot site.  The event is taking place Thursday, January 12 from 12pm to 1pm at North Atwater Park in Los Angeles.

As one of two AGO projects in the State of California, the Interior Department, other federal agencies, and the City will enhance the 9-mile Glendale Narrows reach of the Los Angeles River as a recreational corridor.

The Los Angeles River Watershed was also selected as a pilot site through the Urban Waters Federal Partnership – an effort by 11 federal agencies to stimulate regional and local economies, create jobs, improve quality of life, and protect Americans’ health by revitalizing urban waterways in underserved communities across the country. The Los Angeles River is an excellent example of citizens developing a vision for a great urban park and trail system that will reconnect communities to the outdoors and improve local economies.

Stay tuned to our Facebook page for photos of the event.

Check out this video as John Kemmerer (Associate Water Division Director US EPA) at a KCET Departures StoryShare event, explains the value of the Urban Waters Federal Partnership.

*Video courtesy of KCET Departures.