Our team compiled a preliminary set of tools to assist designers, advocacy groups, policy makers and public service agencies as they evaluate opportunities along the LA River. This toolset provides a distinct, integrated set of elements to measure and quantify the existing conditions of the LA River, illustrate precedent examples, identify a kit of parts for interventions and display mechanisms by which to fund projects.

The work to date by our team relies on efforts by various authorities, designers, technical and advocacy groups over the past 25 years. Our research and work builds on these existing and ongoing efforts. After reading most of the major master plans, we realized that it would be useful to coordinate the objective data in each plan to a common set of categories, as represented in this study.

Below we provide the tools created to date as well as a comprehensive list of the primary resources and work used, referenced, and/or from which we have learned along our journey.

Primary Resources

Master Plans
County of Los Angeles – Los Angeles River Master Plan
County of Los Angeles – Landscaping Guidelines and Plant Palettes 
County of Los Angeles – Sign Guidelines
City of Los Angeles – Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan
City of Long Beach – River Link Plan
LA Metro – LA Metro Bike Strategic Plan
LA Metro – First Mile Last Mile
US Army Corps of Engineers – Los Angeles River Ecosystem Restoration Study
Emerald Necklace – Amigos de los Rios
LA Bureau of Sanitation – GRASS 
LA Bureau of Sanitation – One Water LA

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Water Replenishment District of Southern California
Greater Los Angeles County Integrated Regional Water Management Plan
UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability 
Arid Land Institute
Heal the Bay
Tree People
Council for Watershed Health

Ecology and Habitat
Ambrose Lab – Dr. Richard Ambrose
The Nature Conservancy
Climate Resolve
Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (SMMC)
Rivers and Mountains Conservancy
Trust for Public Land
Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR)

Public Health
Designing Healthy Communities – Dr. Richard Jackson
Urban Semillas

LA Metro
CalTrans – 710 Corridor Project
Eco Rapid
LA city – Great Streets
Los Angeles River Revitalization Corp – Greenway 2020
County of Los Angeles – Bicycle Master Plan
LADOT Bike Program – TIGER Los Angeles River Bikeway Network
Los Angeles Department of City Planning – Mobility Plan 2035
LARRC and SWA Group – Valley Bike plan
Los Angeles River Regional Bike Path Project (From Whitsett Ave to Riverside Drive)
California – High Speed Rail (HSR)