Issue

Background

Water plays a role in every aspect of our lives – we drink it, bathe in it, and clean with it. Given its importance, the State of California established the “human right to water” in 2013, affirming a state priority to create universal access to safe, clean, and affordable water.  This statement of values instilled the critical component water plays in our lives and the urgency of preserving access to water for generations to come.

Background

The L.A. River originally ran freely along an alluvial floodplain in what is today the City of Los Angeles. Destructive flooding plagued the region in the 1930s, leading to the Army Corps of engineers to line most of the river with concrete as a mechanism for flood control.