Watershed Program

LAW’s Watershed Program provides a powerful voice concerning the need for watershed-level management, ecosystem restoration and community engagement within the highly urbanized, densely populated, and water scarce Los Angeles region. Spanning the LA region, our Program views our water quality and quantity challenges both in terms of individual waterways and neighborhoods, and also as part of larger watershed-level contexts. The hands-on fieldwork and pollution monitoring conducted by our Watershed Program Volunteers helps inform LAW’s advocacy campaigns, particularly concerning the Los Angeles River.

Our mission is to empower Angelenos to steward and monitor our shared environment so that everyone has access to living, healthy and safe waterways!

Special Volunteer Programs

River Assessment Fieldwork Team (RAFT):

We are training and partnering with volunteers on a water quality and ecological health monitoring program along three stretches of the Los Angeles River that tell different stories about river health: the Arroyo Seco, Glendale Narrows and Maywood. We are coming together to understand the water quality, habitat complexity and biological richness of our river, while reimagining the role of a healthier river in the lives of current and future generations. RAFT volunteers gain scientific monitoring skills and have the opportunity to participate in workshops to understand our data and to activate it together. Together, we can reframe the current dialogue around the river in socio-ecological terms.

We will be launching RAFT’s official Phase I in Autumn 2017. We will be posting dates on our calendar shortly.


IMG_1416Community Water Watch: 

We are partnering with our neighbors living in industrial communities that face high pollution burdens across Los Angeles, offering water sampling training opportunities to committed CWW Ambassadors from across LA, including Sun Valley, Downtown and South LA, the Port of LA and Long Beach and the San Gabriel Valley. With these skills, these valuable collaborators collect polluted stormwater that is running onto our streets and into our waterways, preparing it for a detailed lab analysis. The ongoing test results support local community organizations’ environmental justice work and help us to understand the state of our waterways for our advocacy efforts.

We are currently gearing up for the 2017-2018 rainy season! Please reach out to melissavm@lawaterkeeper.org if you’re interested in joining as a stormwater sampler.





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LA Waterkeeper
120 Broadway, Suite 105
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Phone: 310-394-6162
Fax: 310-394-6178

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