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Los Angeles River

Long a neglected part of our city's landscape, the Los Angeles River once defined life in the area. Although the river was fairly dry for most of the year, winter rains often brought with them dramatic and unpredictable flash floods well into the 1930s. After a devastating flood in 1938, Angelenos began to demand flood control measures, resulting in the Army Corps of Engineers' work over the next 30 years to essentially turn the river into a man-made storm drain.

Now, work on the Los Angeles River has moved from flood control to conservation, as advocacy groups and individuals take on the task of preserving and restoring the river and its wildlife. The Los Angeles River itself is increasingly the site of artistic, social, and educational activity, once becoming a lifeline linking a growing and diverse population.
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Visiting with Huell Howser

Huell Takes an Enlightening Journey Down the L.A. River

The Los Angeles River is often thought of as a huge concrete eyesore. Not anymore, at least not after you join Huell for this special one hour adventure where Huell literally travels down the miles of river.
Season 15 Episode 1507