#SummerScienceFriday | Be #WatershedActive as a Community Stakeholder Part 1: Ecosystem Services

With our LA #WatershedActive Recreation Guide, we shared how being #WatershedActive can be about enjoying recreational opportunities in the watershed. For this post and the next, we are expanding what it means to be #WatershedActive by helping individuals understand the value of natural resources and highlighting how empowered community stakeholders can exercise their voices and values to create healthier watersheds and communities.

 

We provided a guide to recreation in the LA River Watershed because chances are, unless you’re speaking to an outdoor enthusiast living in Los Angeles, most Angelenos won’t be aware of all the local opportunities to opt outside. But isn’t it kind of ironic that we shared a guide to the outdoors via social media? Yes, these are the times that we are living in, and United Nations Global Public Space Toolkit draws on the “conviction that the internet and social networks have become the new public spaces” as a constraint to their creation, management and enjoyment (1). So while CWH is happy to provide information in a way that resonates with the largest number of people, there is something to be said about the irony of it all; the technology that has driven us indoors and away from each other, simultaneously has the power to take us outside where we have more opportunities to interact with one another. To draw awareness to this reality and then to hope for the latter as a means to grow support for our natural spaces is a central purpose of this particular #Summ