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Our original mission was to protect the Los Angeles River via the Clean Water Act by proving its navigability. We defended valuable watershed conservation laws by paddling the 51 miles of the river in canoes and kayaks, from the San Fernando Valley to Long Beach, on July 25th-27th, 2008. Two years later, in July 2010, our actions proved integral to the Environmental Protection Agency's decision that the entire L.A. River is a "traditional navigable waterway," giving it all the federal protections of a real river.

Since summer 2008, our mission added a second focus: creating guided, safe, recreational-educational canoe and kayak excursions down the more pleasant, soft-bottomed stretches of the LA River. This eventually led to the creation of the Paddle the L.A. River pilot program in 2011, in which we were a key planner, and partner along with a coalition of other groups, including: Los Angeles Conservation Corps, the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, the City of Los Angeles, the Army Corps of Engineers, The River Project, Urban Semillas and Friends of the LA River. This officially sanctioned 7-week pilot boating program, completed in Sept. 2011, was a first in the history of the Los Angeles River!

In 2012, we have successfully completed our first season as an official tour operator for the 10-week season. LA River Expeditions ran a sanctioned program that provided an entertaining and indelible learning experience through boating while transforming perceptions about the Los Angeles River, and creating new possibilities for responsible use.

With each journey downriver, we continue to educate participants of all ages, backgrounds and abilities about the history of the river, building environmental stewardship and community leadership, and teaching river safety and paddlesport skills. We are sensitive to nature, in terms of keeping a light footprint and cleaning up garbage wherever we go.

L.A. River Expeditions believes that the more people develop a relationship with the river, the more they will play an active role in its protection and revitalization.

L.A. County and the City of Los Angeles have put forth visions of a sustainable Los Angeles, via their river revitalization master plans, and we are supportive of those plans.  With the EPA’s watershed decision in 2010, L.A. River Expeditions believes we are entering a new, more cooperative and progressive era for the Los Angeles River, in which the public asserts its right to use its local river, and intergovernmental agencies begin to work in sync.

So... keep your fingers crossed while letting your voice be heard! We very much appreciate your support in putting the river back in the Los Angeles River!

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