There are many species of fish that currently live in the LA River including common carp, largemouth bass, tilapia, green sunfish, Amazon sailfin catfish, bluegill, black bullhead, brown bullhead, channel catfish, fathead minnow, crayfish, and mosquitofish. As of 2017, there are no native species of fish in the river.
There are over 300 species of birds that make the LA river their home. The obstacles to overcome while fixing the LA River are going to be grand. Including public outreach and funding. Not only will we have to solve these problems, but we will have to please the numerous stakeholders including the local residents and companies along the river.
The Life Group is looking at issues pertaining to biodiversity along the river. They are investigating plans to restore the river to its natural habitat and the effects this may have on local flora and fauna. They seek to understand the role of invasive species in conversations around river revitalization.
The first photo is a an image of what the LA River currently looks like in the area north of downtown.
This second image is a rendering of how the proposed renovations would look on the same stretch of the LA River.