LA River - REACH 6 _ BURBANK, CA. 91501-26


  Within the desert scape of Los Angeles County, exist a deep concrete river shell of discarded water. Its purpose is to channel flood water and run valley waste down to the cost, collecting waste from each city it cuts through. L.A.R. is an infrastructural scar, vital to the operation of the counties waste management system. However, is irrelevant to the everyday needs of its communities. A system in contradiction to the common values associated with a river; a resource to sustain life through clean moving water and irrigation for vegetative growth. The city of Burbank : Reach 6 of the L.A.R., addresses the topic of redirecting the riv- er’s current sequence of operations and address relevant resources to the common needs of a community; access to fresh water outside their home. The Los Angeles River or LAR, stands in a long history of massive hydrological focused, civil engineering feats, committed by the con- trolling powers of Southern California. A history of moving water from a natural source to the urbanized desert. An undisputed necessity, which insists attention and constant re-evaluation.


Team:  Robert Koshgarian  |  Ismael Soto   |   Yiwei Wang  |  Zhihan Zhao  |  Yining Wang

    Reach 6, has analyzed the community of Burbank to understand existing influences contributing to the contents of the L.A.R. Burbank only claims a small stretch of the LAR within it’s boundaries, however, junctions to an ad- joining channel within. The channel known as, “The Western Channel” (TWC), which joins with “Hansen Heights Channel” (HHC). The HHC feeds water from natural reserves in adjacent Tuna Canyon, carrying through the top half of Burbank until it meets the TWC in the center of Burbank. The TWC feeds waste water from Bob Hope Airport through the top half of Burbank until it junctions with HHS, mixing, then continuing to the to the lowest Boundary point, the LAR/ TWC junction with storm drains all along.                  

  This system seems unproductive, L.A.R.’s effort to support a community that currently imports the majority of its water from the Colorado River. Reach 6, has chosen the two junction points (TWC/HHC & TWC/LAR) as the primary points in need of intervention. The LAR/TWC junc-tion is a point of 100%, where the mixed water moves through, continuing down to Long Beach; discharging into the Pacific Ocean. As mentioned in the beginning of this statement, we will redirect the rivers existing system of operations, by subdividing the existing travel medium into separate pipelines, starting from each channels origin point. Then reevaluate the positive and negative water sources in a new filtering facility at each junction point. Each filtering facility will redistribute the unpolluted water back to the community to water new and existing parks, as well filling new lo- cal watering holes (ponds and creeks). These new parks and water holes are located around clusters of existing inlet sources within the city; existing storm drains and industrial discharge points.

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