The proposed project area is between Sherman Way and Verowen Street. Part of the Tujunga Wash passes through this section before it connects to the Los Angeles River. This portion of the Tujunga Wash is 2803 feet in length and 72.5 feet across with a slope of 0.0067.
The Tujunga Wash Ecosystem Restoration Project was made in order to restore the green space along the side of the river. The primary function of this restoration project is to allow the natural rainfall that falls along the side of the river and adjacent areas to absorb back into the ground. Since Los Angeles only receives about 12 inches of rain every single year, it is important to try to retain as much rain fall as possible. Since the channel is made out of concrete, the rainfall is not able to infiltrate into the soil and most of the rainwater is lost and drained into to ocean. With this restoration project, instead of the rainfall draining out into the ocean, it can permeate into the soil and improve aquifers. Among other things, it is great for the community as there are paths on both sides of the river which people can walk or ride their bikes while enjoying a beautiful view of vegetation that Los Angeles sometimes is deficient in. This restoration project not only improves communities, but there is very interesting innovations behind it as well.
On the upper level of the channel is a natural stream that comes from a natural gravity feed line. This water is taken across an aggregated terrain and a simulated stream is created. This allows sunlight and oxygen to be reincorporated and clean the water naturally and puts it back into the river. There is no electricity or anything needed other than the natural elements that have been enhanced with the Tujunga Wash Restoration Project.