The Lower Los Angeles River Watershed Area is located in the southern portion of Los Angeles County. The watershed area drains to the Pacific Ocean via the Los Angeles River and includes Compton Creek and a portion of the Rio Hondo. Municipalities that fall within the boundaries of this Watershed Area include: Commerce, Compton, Vernon, South Gate, Huntington Park, Los Angeles County, Bell Gardens, Bell, Pico Rivera, Cudahy, Maywood, Signal Hill, Carson, Lakewood, Downey, Long Beach, Lynwood, and Paramount.

The Lower Los Angeles River Watershed Area is estimated to receive up to $12.8 million annually to fund regional projects and programs.

Regional Program funds for the Watershed Area are programmed by the Watershed Area Steering Committee  comprised of local stakeholders from agencies, municipalities, and community members from within the Watershed Area. The Steering Committee will meet regularly to develop funding plans and recommendations to provide water quality, water supply, and community enhancement benefits to the region. Available meeting details are below.

Steering Committee

Alex Rojas, Central Basin (Agency)

Rob Beste, Water Replenishment District (Agency)

Stephen Scott, City of Long Beach Parks and Recreation (Agency)

Kristen Ruffell, LA County Sanitation Districts (Agency)

Ernesto Rivera, LA County Flood Control District (Agency)

Irene Lopez-Muro, Conservation Corps of Long Beach (Community)

Mark Stanley, Rivers and Mountains Conservancy (Community)

Cindy Montanez, TreePeople (Community)

James Vernon, Port of Long Beach (Community)

Erica Maceda, River in Action (Community)

Gina Nila*, Commerce (Municipal)

Dan Mueller, Downey (Municipal)

Melissa You**, Long Beach (Municipal)

Lorry Hempe, Lynwood (Municipal)

Adriana Figueroa, Paramount (Municipal)

Gladis Deras, South Gate (Municipal)

Thuan Nguyen, Los Angeles County (Municipal)

Tara Dales, SGA (Watershed Coordinator, non-voting member)

* Chair     ** Vice Chair

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Meetings and Events


Watershed Area Steering Committee Meeting

Tuesday, September 27, 2022, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Watershed Area Steering Committee Meeting

Tuesday, August 23, 2022, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Upcoming Meetings


Watershed Area Steering Committee Meeting

Tuesday, October 25, 2022, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Previous Call For Projects


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