Canoe, Kayak Trips Offered On LA River

LOS ANGELES (AP) — This summer city officials will begin offering canoe and kayak trips along parts of the Los Angeles River, a long maligned waterway that winds through the region as a concrete flood-control channel.

Beginning in July, kayakers and naturalists will take participants along a stretch through the San Fernando Valley’s Sepulveda Basin flood control channel where the water is 10 to 15 feet deep, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Tickets will be $50 on weekends and free on Fridays to local youth programs. The program could later be expanded to include other scenic portions of the river.

The announcement comes a year after U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson declared the entire concrete-lined river “traditional navigable waters,” a designation that allows the application of Clean Water Act protections.

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