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L.A. River Cleanup By Michelle Renner
Shopping carts, plastic bags, car parts, and paper – sadly these are common objects in the L.A. River as it is often treated more like a dumping ground or sewer than a living river. Luckily, one yearly event is trying to change this in order to make our river cleaner and healthier. Equipped with gloves and trash bags, Angelinos volunteer their time to this noble effort during the Great L.A. River Cleanup. For the past 22 years, the Friends of the Los Angeles River sponsor this event, which attracts many individuals, volunteer groups,
and organizations. With 14 spots along the river, they try to make sure a large portion of the 50 miles is spruced up. The Mountains Recreation and Conservation is proud to be consistent participants in this great tradition.
MRCA Firefighters and staff join Mayor Villaraigosa and Councilmember Reyes for the 2011 Cleanup.
On April 30th, 2011, members of the MRCA Fire Division joined Mayor Villagarosa, City Council members, and thousands of volunteers for this year’s cleanup. The fire crew got their hands dirty and worked in the river, in addition to providing first aid services, traffic safety, and logistical support. In total, the clean up resulted in approximately 25 tons of trash being collected from up and down the river. Back in May of 2010, our Junior Rangers, with the help from our Naturalists, volunteered their time to this event. The Junior Rangers found great joy in helping their community.
MRCA Junior Rangers help clean up the river near Marsh Park.
This day is not only about creating a cleaner and healthier river, but also about building a sense of community around a common goal. And we look forward to next year when we can once again come together with the community and clean up our river.
For information about the Great L.A. River Cleanup, visit: www.folar.org
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