Sunday, April 24, 2016

Cleaning the Los Angeles River with a Few New Friends

LA River cleanup

We probably spend more time down at the Los Angeles River than most, as it is easily the Franklin Avenue Four's favorite biking destination. On Saturday, it was time to give back. For the second year in a row, Evan and I joined in on the Friends of the Los Angeles River's annual LA River CleanUp: La Gran Limpieza.

Actually, the LA River cleanup takes place over three weekends -- which means there's still a chance to join in next Saturday. Evan really enjoyed it last year, and we've been talking about it for the past year -- so he was excited to get down and dirty again, pulling out trash (especially plastic bags -- ugh) and trying to make the River a nicer place.

LA River cleanup

The River is in particular trashy shape this time of year, after the rains. The trees and plantlife catch a ton of trash, and some of it is so wrapped around the vegetation that it's hard to remove. But we did our best.

LA River cleanup

This group got a little obsessed with a deeply buried shopping cart, and spent several hours unearthing it.

LA River cleanup

Finally, success!

LA River cleanup

These people found a large platform (from a grocery store, perhaps?)

LA River cleanup

We met up at Marsh Park, along the river in Frogtown; there were spots all down the river to join in.

LA River cleanup

More of us cleaning the river.

LA River cleanup

The cleanup continues in along the Lower River on April 30 at 9 a.m. Locations include: Compton Creek @ Artesia Station, Compton Creek @ Del Amo Station, Golden Shore Marine Reserve and Willow Street Estuary.

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