River LA is a nonprofit whose mission is to ensure the LA River integrates design and infrastructure to bring people, water and nature together. We champion river-oriented policy and sustainable public spaces, while creating innovative models engagement.
We integrate design and infrastructure to bring people, water, and nature together along all 51-miles of the Los Angeles River.
River LA was formed in December 2009 as the outgrowth of the recommendation from Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan. In 2009 and 2010, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Councilman Ed Reyes and Council President Eric Garcetti appointed the initial board of directors, who are all volunteers. Start-up funding for the organization came from CRA-LA. Additional funding will come from a variety of city, state, federal, foundation and private sources.
River LA does not have any land-use authority or powers to implement eminent domain proceedings. Instead, it is working cooperatively and transparently with public and private stakeholders to carry out its mission. Its efforts are concentrated in the area covered by the Los Angeles River Implementation Overlay district (LA-RIO), and other similar districts, if subsequently established.