August 17, 2010
The Environmental Protection Agency has declared the Los Angeles River to be a navigable waterway. This designation means that streams and creeks which feed into the river, much of which is lined with concrete, will be covered under the Clean Water Act. Building in the hundreds of acres of watershed may now be subject to Army Corps of Engineers’ permit requirements. It remains to be seen whether the designation will lead to a revitalization of the river, which primarily serves as a flood channel.