L.A. River Reading

Los Angeles River_cover_PAfter reading Zach Behrens’ post on LAist last week about the man seen fishing in the L.A. River, I began to consider how little I know about the often hidden natural habitat of our city. Living in such urban surroundings, dwarfed by skyscrapers and barricaded by strip malls, it’s easy to forget that the City of Los Angeles is also a thriving and abundant ecosystem with actual wildlife and everything.

In an effort to learn more, I decided to check out the following books, “The Los Angeles River: Its Life, Death, and Possible Re-birth” by Blake Gumprecht and “Down by the Los Angeles River: Friends of the Los Angeles River’s Official Guide” by Joe Linton. Both are available on Amazon, but I’m first going to see if our brand new Silver Lake Library has them.

I’m certain that there are also many blogs dedicated to this subject, so if you have a particular one that you recommend, please leave a comment here and let me know. I’d love to check it out.

11 Replies to “L.A. River Reading”

  1. Great post Verdell, I’d probably think twice before eating fish out of the LA river given the toxics in the urban run off that fills that river.

  2. Thanks for plugging my book! (and for wearing it well, my friend Will) Check out lacreekfreak.wordpress.com for posts by me, Jessica Hall, and Jane Tsong – all about rivers, creeks and streams in L.A. – including history, events, places to visit, and plans for future revitalization.

    Regarding eating the fish: they’re cleaner than you think. Friends of the L.A. River did a study and assayed them for toxins that would bioaccumulate, and they came up pretty much clean. See details at Creek Freak’s longish post all about L.A. River fish http://lacreekfreak.wordpress.com/2008/10/28/fish-in-the-los-angeles-river/

  3. Wow, a cameo by the author himself! Thanks for stopping by, Joe.

    Will, Thanks for the offer, but I think I will get my own copy so I can take it with me on tours of the river. Wouldn’t want to drop yours in! ;-)

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