Healthy Streams for Angelenos

submission by csolek12

About Your Application

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Council for Watershed Health

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In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.


To facilitate a multipurpose, stake-holder-driven process to preserve, restore, and enhance the environmental, economic, and social health of the Los Angeles and San Gabriel River watersheds through education, research, and integrated planning.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


The Healthy Streams for Angelenos project as an important first step to make important linkages between human health, resource management, and water quality science. The goal of the Healthy Streams for Angelenos project is to provide resource managers with the information they need to accurately assess the public health risks associated with stream-based recreation when known water quality safety standards are exceeded. This information will be developed into a public awareness campaign.

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valley

South LA


South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)


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How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Expand a pilot or program

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

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How will your proposal improve the following “Live” metrics? (check all that apply)

Access to healthy food

Healthcare access

Exposure to air toxins

Number of households below the self-sufficiency index

Percent of imported water

Obesity rates

Housing affordability

Rates of homelessness

Walk/bike/transit score

Acres and miles of polluted waterways

Rates of mental illness

Prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (Dream Metric)

Percentage of LA communities that are resilient (Dream Metric)

Percentage of residents receiving coordinated healthcare services (Dream Metric)

Percentage of tree canopy cover (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the healthiest place to live.


This project will focus on the positive health impacts of water-based recreation, and the negative impacts pollution can have on streams and human health in the San Gabriel Mountains.

Currently, there are disturbing equity and social justice issues in the way we monitor and respond to water quality issues of southern California’s streams. Water quality at southern California beaches is
regularly monitored and communicated in high profile Beach Report Cards, but only a few studies have been conducted on the water quality of freshwater streams in the San Gabriel Mountains,
where many low income and under-served residents of Los Angeles County recreate. Little is known about these health-related consequences compared to the wealth of knowledge accumulated about beaches and surfer health.

Our program will potentially serve over three million people who visit the San Gabriel Mountains every year to swim in the area’s streams. The San Gabriel Mountains comprise 70% of Los Angeles County’s open space and provide 35% of the region’s drinking water. This region includes some of the most heavily visited public lands in the United States: more than three million people visit the San Gabriel Mountains every year to hike, fish, swim, and to simply enjoy the remarkable natural beauty of this National Forest. In October 2014, President Obama designated 346,177 acres in the San Gabriel Mountains as a National Monument: as a result, the already popular San Gabriel Mountains are set to receive even more visitors in the future.

Education and awareness of the public on sources of environmental risk from water-based recreation will empower residents with the ability to protect themselves, their families and their communities. The project will also serve the community by training local area youth to serve as “watershed rangers” for the San Gabriel Mountains, working to educate visitors, community members, and peers about the value of outdoor recreation and stream health, and how to minimize impacts to water quality while also avoiding exposure to potentially harmful pollution.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


We know that fecal bacteria levels at popular freshwater swimming sites are elevated, especially during the summer months, and particularly on holiday weekends. The sampling and analytical methods used, however, do not allow for confirmation of potential sources of contamination. Therefore, additional information is required before making recommendations as to best management practices to reduce bacterial contamination at popular swim sites. We will evaluate our work in the following ways:

1) Use of survey results to improve decision making in regards to best management practices for human health and stream-based recreation, 2) address the source of contamination in streams via monitoring and source tracking studies; 3) strengthen inter-agency partnerships via engagement meetings and collective input; 4) establishing a data exchange network or awareness mechanism to allow better public access to stream water quality data to make informed decisions.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)


Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

Other (please specify below):

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The work that the Council for Watershed Health is doing is vital to keep our streams and rivers safe in our community. Keep up the good work!

by solis721
6 months ago

Local areas like this were pristine with clean, clear water when I visited them in my childhood. We definitely need efforts like this and organizations like the Council for Watershed Health to assure clean, healthy water for our communities. Sounds like they know how to get that job done!

by J4ucla
6 months ago

this research will help prevent unintended consequences of water conservation and management

by kennfujioka
6 months ago

Would love to go kayaking in the Los Angeles River some day. The Council for Watershed Health is likely working toward this goal as well.

by RoseA
6 months ago

The work Council for Watershed Health is doing is important not only to the people of Los Angeles but to the wildlife that inhabit these areas. Keep up that great work you are doing for the community and environment!

by imbien
6 months ago

The Council for Watershed Health is doing work of vital importance to improve the quality of life in the community surrounding the watershed.

by DGreens
6 months ago

Keep up the great work and keep our waters clean for the future generations to come!

by Asalcedo
6 months ago

Growing up in the San Gabriel Valley, I hiked in the San Gabriel Mountains and swam in the river. Now I visit the same areas and the quality of the water is not the same with lots of trash along the banks and in the river. The work the Council for Watershed Heatlh is so important to the viability of our water quality and ensuring heathy streams for ALL Angelenos.

by Lika3828
6 months ago

My husband and I would take our children to these rivers on Sundays. Over the years these rivers have been neglected. The work that the Council for Watershed Health is doing and will continue to do is benefiting all and will bring back cleaner rivers. SI SE PUEDE!

by coco91744
6 months ago

The access to clean rivers is important to keep a sustainable community. Keep up the excellent work!

by xochitl67
6 months ago

With the current drought it is important that we preserve and keep our streams and watersheds clean. Thanks to the Council of Watershed Health this important work can continue.

by heliotrope
6 months ago

With the current drought it is important that we preserve and keep our streams and watersheds clean. Thanks to the Council of Watershed Health this important work can continue.

by heliotrope
6 months ago

Thank you so much for your support! We're working hard to keep it up. :)

by margadel
6 months ago

Thank you so much for your support! It's important to us to make the streams healthier for you and your community.

by margadel
6 months ago

Thank you for weighing in!

by margadel
6 months ago

Thanks for your support! We look forward to securing safer & healthier outdoor recreation in the greater Los Angeles area.

by margadel
6 months ago

Thank you so much for your support! We're working hard to keep it up. :)

by margadel
6 months ago

Thank you for your support! We're working hard to support your community and its health.

by margadel
6 months ago

We appreciate your support! Healthy water for all.

by margadel
6 months ago

We really value your support. We're looking forward to working toward a healthier San Gabriel Valley!

by margadel
6 months ago

Thank you so much for your support. Juntos podemos cambiar Los Angeles!

by margadel
6 months ago

Thank you so much for your support! We're working hard to keep it up. :)

by margadel
6 months ago

Thank you so much for your support! We're looking forward to working for you to make your watershed healthier.

by margadel
6 months ago

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