La Gran Limpieza is this Saturday!

May 6, 2009 § Leave a comment

La Gran Limpieza del Rio de Los Angeles

La Gran Limpieza del Rio de Los Angeles

This Saturday May 9th from 9am to 12noon is La Gran Limpieza – the 20th annual Great Los Angeles River Clean Up – hosted by the Friends of the Los Angeles River.  It’s a great event that includes t-shirts, food, music, corporate sponsors, thousands of people, and… oh yeah… tons of trash leaving our local waterways!

Your creek freak blogistas, Jessica and I, have been cleaning up the river at these events for many years… and it still seems to get dirty when we turn around.  What gives with that… maybe we also need to prevent that trash from getting into the river in the first place.  Seeing the amount of disposable plastic and styrofoam in the river, does make me think about my own consumption patterns.

There are many sites from Tujunga to the San Fernando Valley to Pasadena to Bell to Long Beach.  Sites are on the main stem of the mighty Los Angeles, as well as the Tujunga Wash, the Arroyo Seco, and Compton Creek.  They’re all listed at the FoLAR website.  Nearly all these sites are the vegetated soft-bottom stretches – the very nicest parts of the river, but also where trash gets stuck on vegetation – so this is a great chance to go and spend some time getting to know the nicest and most scenic parts of our river.  See you down by the river!

If you miss this Saturday, you may have to wait until Coastal Clean-Up Day in September!

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