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Upper Los Angeles River Watershed

Carlos Moran
Council for Watershed Health
ULAR_WC_CWH2@pw.lacounty.gov

Kristina Kreter
Council for Watershed Health
ULAR_WC_CWH1@pw.lacounty.gov

Adi Liberman
Environmental Outreach Strategies, Inc
ULAR_WC_EOS@pw.lacounty.gov

One of the largest in the LA Basin, the Upper Los Angeles River spans the San Fernando Valley into the Angeles National Forest in the San Gabriel Valley and dips down into part of South LA, including Watts, Westmont and Willowbrook. In all, it encompasses 12 municipalities and unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County.

Although this watershed includes many urbanized areas, it has a surprising amount of biodiversity including hundreds of species of native plants, fish, insects, birds, and mammals. The vast aquifers and soil type of this watershed allows for a range of possibilities to increase water supply and improve stormwater quality. This watershed is also one of the most economically diverse in the LA Basin.

Meaningful engagement with the Upper LA River Watershed communities is key to effective stormwater management. As Watershed Coordinators, we connect communities, organizations and interested parties with the Safe Clean Water Program. Together we help advance multi-benefit projects that align community needs with Safe Clean Water Program Goals.

– Your Watershed Coordinators Carlos, Kristina, and Adi

Get in touch with any of the watershed coordinators to learn about how we can create exciting water capture projects in your community. 

From the Community

  • “There is a mental health benefit around green spaces, when you can move around and be in contact with the natural world.”

    Kristina Kreter
  • Hollenbeck Park (LA County)
  • “If the Upper Los Angeles River was a song? Definitely a love ballad. Something beautiful and powerful.”

    Adi Lieberman
  • Kayaks in the Upper Los Angeles River (LA County Public Works)
  • The smaller ‘pocket’ parks in this region, such as Augustus Hawkins Park, make a huge impact on improving environmental quality in urban neighborhoods.
  • Tree adoption community event (Council for Watershed Health)
  • Native vegetation at LA Zoo (Council for Watershed Health)
  • Featured Project

    Earvin “Magic” Johnson Park Project

    This project is improving water quality and supply through the capture and treatment of stormwater and urban runoff, all while improving the open space and recreational amenities of the Park.

    • Protects the water quality of local rivers and streams
    • Minimizes potable water use
    • Creates a sustainable new water source

Watershed Area Steering Committee Members

Watershed committee members work with the watershed coordinators to develop investment plans for their watershed.

Teresa Villegas

City of Los Angeles

Chair
Municipal

Karo Torossian

City of Los Angeles

Vice Chair
Municipal

Ernesto Rivera

LA County Flood Control District

Agency

Delon Kwan

LA Department of Water and Power

Agency

John Huynh

LA Department of Water and Power

Agency

Ida Meisami-Fard

LA Sanitation & Environment

Agency

Cathie Santo Domingo

LA Recreation & Parks

Agency

Ernesto Pantoja

Laborers Local 300

Community

Miguel Luna

Urban Semillas

Community

Max Liles

Michael Baker International

Community

Veronica Padilla-Campos

Pacoima Beautiful

Community

Kris Markarian

City of Pasadena

Municipal

Patrick DeChellis

La Cañada Flintridge

Municipal

Rafael Prieto

City of Los Angeles

Municipal

Mark Lombos

Los Angeles County

Municipal

Edith de Guzman

University of California, Los Angeles

Community

Kenneth Jones

City of San Fernando

Municipal

Adi Liberman

Environmental Outreach Strategies

Watershed Coordinator
Non-voting Member

Kristina Kreter

Council for Watershed Health

Watershed Coordinator
Non-voting Member

Carlos Moran

Council for Watershed Health

Watershed Coordinator
Non-voting Member

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