"We’re out here doing this because many of these tributaries drain into the ocean. This is the Haines Canyon Channel and it’s a major tributary that drains into the L.A. River. This drains into the Tujunga Wash and the wash is a 13 mile long tributary that goes into the L.A. River. It goes through Hansen Dam and passed Valley College where the Judith Baca’s “Great Wall of Los Angeles” mural is painted and then it meets the L.A. River. If we don’t clean this trash up before it hits the ocean it all becomes a part of that giant floating island of plastic. We want to make a dent in that. I think the biggest thing is educating people that it’s your street and it’s your river. So whatever is on your street is going to end up in your river. We want people to know that when you clean up your street, you’re cleaning up your river. You don’t even have to come out to the river cleanup. You can just cleanup your front yard and it makes a difference."
"I am out here today because I volunteer with Friends of the L.A. River every year. I’ve been doing this for seven years now. And I’m here in this area because this is my neighborhood so I am really excited they are out in my own neighborhood and of course I am going to be out here. I actually wish they would do this more than once a year because it’s really great to bring the community together and to get so many people out to see what the city is all about and how they can help to cleanup. I am out here to do something, to just help beautify the environment. For the dumpers, look at where you’re dumping; Look around you. Let’s keep it clean. It’s where we are at. It’s our own neighborhood. It’s our own place. Let’s keep it beautiful."
The Friends of the Los Angeles River are hosting their 27th annual Great LA River CleanUp: La Gran Limpieza, this April.
There are three Saturdays – April 16th, 23rd, and 30th – and fifteen sites to choose from along the entire course of the LA River.
Dates and Locations
Upper River | April 16 | 9:00 am – 12:00 noon
Mid River | April 23 | 9:00 am – 12:00 noon
Lower River | April 30 | 9:00 am – 12:00 noon