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

Dan Sharp, LA County Flood Control District 

Kevin Wattier, Central Basin 

Robb Whitaker, Water Replenishment District

Kristen Ruffell, LA County Sanitation Districts

Stephen Scott, City of Long Beach Parks and Recreation

Nick Jiles, Páo Strategies

Mark Stanley, Rivers and Mountains Conservancy

Cindy Montanez, Tree People

James Vernon, Port of Long Beach


Melissa Bahmanpour, River in Action

Gina Nila, Commerce

Delfino Consunji, Downey

Melissa You, Long Beach

Laura Ochoa, Lynwood

Adriana Figueroa, Paramount

Kelli Tunnicliff, Signal Hill

Gladis Deras, South Gate

Meetings and Events


Watershed Area Steering Committee Meeting

Thursday, October 24, 2019, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Port of Long Beach, Multi-Purpose Room, 1st floor
415 West Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802