Tonight at 8PM, the El Cid restaurant and Silver Lake Patch will screen Rock the Boat, a documentary about the team of activists that led an illegal kayaking expedition along the Los Angeles River in 2008 to prove the entire 51 mile river was “traditionally navigable” and therefore protected by the Clean Water Act.

In 2010 the EPA ended up agreeing with the activists, but back in 2008 when they were sneaking their kayaks into the concrete channel, they were up against mountains of bureaucracy, hostile government agencies, and the law – which banned such activity in the river.

The door opens at 7PM, with the documentary screening at 8 followed by stand up comedy and live music. Seating is limited and El Cid recommends you arrive early if you don’t feel like standing.

Oh and best part? It’s free!

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This post was written by Casey Schreiner on January 23, 2013


  • geekhiker says:

    I remember when they did that in 2008, and the attention it brought to the river. I’ve visited some of the soft-bottom sections of the river as well, and they are undeniably gorgeous. I’m hoping that they don’t paint the Army Corps as the enemy (the “Batman Begins” score in the trailer soundtrack? Really?), as they did exactly what people was felt was needed after the massive flooding in the 30’s. Hopefully some balance of flood control and new uses for the water (irrigation, water supply, aquifer replenishment, etc.) can be found.

    BTW, are you going? Do we get the official ModernHiker review?

    • Modern Hiker says:

      Yup! I’m headed down there in a few minutes. Can’t stay for the whole night but I’m excited to see the documentary.

      I also hope it doesn’t paint the Corps as villains – they were doing what we thought needed to be done at the time, and hopefully now they’ll be involved in the river’s restoration.

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