A stretch of the LA River's largest tributary, the Tujnga Wash, is starting a big makeover project today, as workers begin tearing up the dirt next to the wash on the stretch between Vanowen Street and Sherman Way in Van Nuys, reports the LA Daily News: "Within five months, native trees and shrubs will be growing there, alongside a meandering man-made stream, trails and benches." The goal is to attract both migratory birds and pedestrians. Most of the $3.4 million price tag for the 3,000 foot long project will be paid for by the Army Corps of Engineers--the Los Angeles County Flood Control District, which owns and operates the Wash, will pick up the rest of the tab. The current project will supplement the 2007 Tujunga Wash Greenway and Stream Restoration Project, which transformed the Wash south of Vanowen Street to Oxnard Street. That section uses water from Hansen Dam to recharge the groundwater table. According to the LADN, that project area still has problems with graffiti and trash.
· The greening of Tujunga Wash continues with next phase [Daily News]