Western Arid River

As a starting point, the design team looked at the Merced River to understand how an untouched arid river in the region would be characterized throughout its length. The team segmented the river into a series of design reaches — mountains, foothills, canyons, alluvial plains and mouths, to describe the various geological conditions along a dry river path. Although much of the surroundings along the Los Angeles River have been built up, many of the features of the river still remain, with correlations to the Western Arid River evident.

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