Who says the Los Angeles River is not a real waterway? Often the butt of jokes by Angelinos, advocates of a pilot project that is enabling kayaks and canoes to paddle a section of the river have a very different view, according to the New York Times.
What the Army Corps of Engineers once categorized as “not even a river,” the Environmental Protection Agency later ruled otherwise, declaring the 51-mile river navigable in parts, according to the article. The Army Corps recently gave a permit to the Los Angeles Conservation Corps to lead tours of a limited number of kayakers and canoers on a one and a half mile portion of the river over several weekends, the Times reported. River preservationists see that change in the tide as promising.
First photo by Amayzun, Flickr Creative Commons
Second photo by Al Pavangkanan, Flickr Creative Commons