Rivers' Edges: Israel's Yarkon May Reflect Opportunities for the L.A. River
|Tel Aviv's Yarkon River|
"Both rivers run through major cities," Gold says, "both are sewage effluent-dominated in dry weather, and both bodies have been engineered to the point that restoration is impossible."
He muses on how similarly arid climes affect the turgid flow of both rivers, which are largely used as cosmetic greenbelts adorned with bike paths -- or as mere irrigation ditches. Here, though, one suspects that the irrigation going on in thirsty Israel is more productive than that provided by the L.A. River. For years L.A. environmentalists have proposed diverting more storm runoff from the river's concrete bed toward the "smart irrigation" of adjacent parkland. Perhaps the Yarkon holds more solutions for our abused river than we realize.