Recap of CALeDNA LA River workshop
On August 8, 2019 we held a workshop at UCLA to present the results from our June pilot bioblitz. The goal of the workshop was to figure out a way to implement a year-long eDNA biodiversity monitoring program along the LA River.
Over twenty people representing twelve different organizations attended.
- City of Los Angeles
- Council for Watershed Health
- CSU Los Angeles
- Heal the Bay
- Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
- LA Waterkeeper
- The Nature Conservancy
- North Hollywood High School Zoo Magnet Center
- The River Project
- State Water Resources Control Board
It was really neat to take part in discussions about the results of the pilot bioblitzes, the latest advancements in eDNA research, adding eDNA to existing programs along the LA River, and giving high schools students access to some of this work. We even gave away some pretty artwork done by LA artist Rachid Bouhamidi.
The next step is to take the various ideas discussed at the workshop, and create a monitoring plan that we can submit to various funders.
Here are some resources from the workshop.