Journey of the River (2011)
The Aliso Creek Confluence area of the Los Angeles River will be revitalized over the next few years under the auspices of the Trust for Public Land. Improvements include the development of a park, new trail accesses, bike paths, benches, trash cans, removal of invasive plant species and subsequent native plantings. Our school has volunteered to participate in this project as part of our science program. We have applied for and given access to the site to conduct water quality samplings, remove invasive plants, and plant native species with a permit from the Flood Control District of the County of Los Angeles. Tori Kjer, Project Supervisor from the Trust for Public Land, has already conducted an assembly for all our students as well as scheduled work days at the site to initiate the project for our school. The Trust for Public Land has already incorporated our adoption of the Reseda Boulevard/Kittridge Street intersection at the site of the Aliso Creek confluence (Thomas Guide 530 J-6), into their larger concept plan design. Our 6th graders have all been involved in the project. Our inquiry begins with the question: “How will the water quality and numbers and types of species within the Los Angeles River/Aliso Creek Confluence change as the adjacent area is rehabilitated?” As the plant population changes due to the habitat reconstruction, we expect that the water quality will also be altered. Community gardens along the river path will be properly fenced to better channel the run-off. Additionally, native plantings will also support the soil from further run-off. We have been taking monthly samplings at the site where the Aliso Creek and the Los Angeles River join. The project boundaries are Vanowen Street to the north, Victory Boulevard to the south, Wilbur Avenue to west and Reseda Boulevard to the east. More specifically, we have been collecting water quality data including; pH, temperature, turbidity, salinity, and dissolved oxygen. Our students have observed and recorded the numbers of invasive and native plant species along these segments. Our participation includes establishing a baseline of data and followed by monthly observations to monitor the site as the habitat is being changed by the Trust for Public Land with the addition of public pathways and a park. We will be using World Wide Water monitoring equipment for testing turbidity and dissolved oxygen. (http://www.worldwatermonitoringday.org/Test_Kits/Order_Kits.html ). We will use our Vernier probes and school laptops to measure and record salinity, temperature and pH. We will use GLOBE land cover biometry protocols to record our observations of the plant species.
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