State of the L.A. River Watershed Symposium

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Autry Museum of the American West

4700 Western Heritage Way

Los Angeles, CA 90027

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We’ve had an overwhelming response and we’re at capacity! We’re currently evaluating how we might accommodate more people. Please join our wait list via the link on our website and we’ll contact you if space becomes available: www.watershedhealth.org/2018-state-of-the-la-riv-watershed.

SPONSORS AND PRESENTERS: We will contact you shortly to confirm your registration.

In September 2018, the Council for Watershed Health and LA Sanitation will host the State of the Watershed Symposium and convene elected officials, non-profit organizations, community-based organizations, academics, agency scientists, and land managers to identify actionable next steps for creating a healthy and resilient watershed. At the 2013 Symposium, Mayor Garcetti welcomed more than 200 participants to learn about the health of the LA River Watershed and shared his vision for a revitalized LA River. The 2018 Symposium will reflect on what we’ve accomplished, the important work that remains, and focus on fostering collaboration among diverse stakeholders in achieving shared goals.

Council for Watershed Health (CWH), LA Sanitation, and the City of Burbank have monitored the LA River for 10 years. CWH will share the comprehensive story of the river’s condition, which includes water quality, habitat assessment, and aquatic health. Understanding long-term monitoring data and the historical context that has shaped the River and its hydrology as we see it today is foundational to making decisions that enhance ecological and community health. Panel discussions will create an opportunity for lively dialogue focused on identifying gaps in research, data, and regional efforts. The Symposium will conclude with actionable next steps that serve as the jumping-off point for efforts in the region.

We are standing at a point in time of great opportunity with unprecedented investment in LA River revitalization. Join us for a bold conversation as we synthesize the past, present and future of the Los Angeles River.


  • LA Sanitation: www.lacitysan.org
  • Jacobs: www.jacobs.com
  • The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California: www.mwdh2o.com
  • Los Angeles Department of Water and Power: www.ladwp.com
  • WSP
  • Stantec
  • Southern California Edison
  • Paul Redvers Brown, Inc.
  • ICF
  • California Department of Water Resources
  • Kennedy/Jenks Consultants


8:00 - 9:00 Registration and Networking Breakfast

9:00 - 9:30 Opening Remarks

9:30 - 10:30 Setting the Stage of The Los Angeles River Watershed

10:30 - 10:40 Prioritizing Ecological Health in the LA River

10:40 - 12:40 Panel 1: The Forces Shaping Ecological Health

12:40 - 1:40 Networking Lunch

1:40 - 1:50 Community Well-Being and the River

1:50 -3:50 Panel 2: Towards Creating Healthier Communities

3:50 - 4:40 Keynote: Importance of Engaging Communities

4:40 - 4:55 Our Shared Goals: A Path Forward

4:55 - 6:55 Mixer and Poster Session

For a more detailed agenda, including our distinguished speakers, please visit our event website at www.watershedhealth.org/2018-state-of-the-la-riv-watershed.

Guidelines for State of the Watershed 2018 Poster Session

Thank you to all that submitted posters for the poster session. At CWH, watershed health is inextricably connected to water quality, the sustainability of water resources, ecological health, and the health and well-being of our communities. Posters featured at the Symposium will be diverse while fitting into these general topics:

1. Reconnecting Communities to Their Watersheds

2. Measuring Progress and Gaps in Watershed Health

3. Predicting, Planning for, and Adapting to a Changing Climate

4. Creating and Sustaining Change

5. Watershed Management

Poster Format Requirements:

  • Posters should present an original project, include sufficient background, describe a process and/or methods, and present results or next steps.
  • The poster format requirements are meant to be flexible, yet we encourage poster design to be engaging and easy to read.
  • Posters should be no more than 4' x 4' (or 122 cm x 122 cm) in size.
  • The title should be legible from a distance (recommended font size = 90pt or 1 ½” tall) and the paragraph font should be large enough to be read from a distance of at least 2-3 feet.
  • We suggest using graphics to help break up text and attract interest.
  • We will provide necessary mounting materials (push pins and easels).
  • As an in-kind service, CWH will provide printing for up to 10 NGO or CBO posters. Submit poster no later than Sept. 13 (2 weeks prior to event).

Poster Presenter Expectations:

  • Set up the poster 15 minutes before the poster session begins, between 4:40 pm and 4:55 pm. Remove the poster promptly after the session. Posters left behind by will be discarded. Posters can be stored at the registration table at the time of check-in (optional).
  • We encourage presenters to stand near their poster during the poster session which runs from 4:45 pm to 6:55 pm on Thursday, September 27th and be prepared to provide expanded descriptions of the poster.
  • It is recommended that presenters attach contact information below the poster or have handouts for attendees interested in obtaining more information.

Questions? Please contact Yareli Sanchez at yareli@watershedhealth.org.

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