Photo by Mark MauerSaturday, May 17 marked the annual cleanup of the LA River that Friends of LA River (FOLAR) sponsors and coordinates. We found ourselves at a rather beauitful stretch near San Fernando and Division a little north of Elysian Park.
Click here to read about the cleanup at LA Daily.
Photo by Mark MauerArmed with snacks, hats gloves, and lots of water (temperatrues got close to 100 around mid-day), FOLAR folks gave us some trash bags and sent us on our way.
Photo by Mark MauerA pretty quiet beginning. Not a ton of people yet, but it was still early.
Photo by Mark MauerA grove of palm trees in the river bed actually made the job a lot easier. Not only did they keep us out of the sun, but they caught a ton of trash on their trunks, making cleanup really simple.
Photo by Mark MauerBesides the literally hundreds of plastic bags scooped up and carted away, here's a batch of goodies found in the river:
LAPD crime scene tape.
Photo by Mark MauerArundo donax, an invasive bamboo-like plant that would ideally be removed from the LA River. But if it's not done carefully - removing all of the cuttings - it will just spread re-root, and start growing further downstream.