Private Property sign in foreground with beach behind it | Still from "Access Denied" on SoCal Connected

Departures: Los Angeles River

Once home to a wide variety of birds, fish and other wildlife, the Los Angeles River provided desperately needed water to the region. Until the 1930s, that is, when the Army Corps of Engineers began the process of paving 80% of the river, turning it into a ribbon of concrete.

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.

Departures: L.A. River takes online visitors into often neglected and nearly forgotten portions of the river, as we learn from activists, residents and politicians about the importance of returning the river back to its natural state.

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