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4/26/2011

Free this Sat: Cleaning up the LA river

Posted by Carren Jao Pineda |


"A River Runs Through It" is a name of a movie, but it also reminds me of Los Angeles, whose mighty river is now encased in concrete. It's bittersweet to think that this river--the whole reason LA is where it is now--has become something of an afterthought.


Before there was a California to speak of, native Indians were already in the area living off the conveniences of the river. But after flash floods that caught many unawares in the 1930s, flood control measures were implemented "essentially turning the river into a man-made storm drain," according to KCET's Departures.

The LA river is like a long animal's tail. It's moved locations quite a bit in its lifetime, twisting and turning based on the flow of the water. Decades ago, a flick of its tail was a powerful force of nature, but now I think this "animal" is barely able to whimper.

Lately though, that's been changing. More and more attention is given to this natural phenomenon. This Saturday, join volunteers to help clean up the river (and make new friends in the process). Several venues will host the event from the Valley to Long Beach. (On a happy sidenote, the Pasadena clean up site was cancelled due to too little trash). Click here to read more about it. Want more info on the river? Check out KCET Departures's series.

Various locations
April 30, 9 am- 12 nn

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