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Volunteer Journal #82 – Cleaning up Ballona Creek

ME at Ballona Creek!

January 19th, 2013

Yay!  National Day of Service!

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

LA organized a citywide cleanup. I picked an event hosted by Friends of Ballona Wetlands. I helped clean up my local bike path, which runs next to Ballona Creek.

A little editorialized history for those not local – Ballona Creek use to be part of the Los Angeles River’s drainage area.  Then someone got the bright idea to wrap it in concrete. To “prevent flooding” and create a massive eye sore – something like that. Today it is a pathetic little stream of water that runs through barren concrete on it’s way to Marina del Rey.  I privately cheer everytime I see a little bush or tree that has pushed up through the concrete.

I showed up at 10am and had to leave at 12pm.  The Friends of Ballona Creek provided me with gloves and trash bags.  Beyond that these BEFORE and AFTER pictures speak for themselves:

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Trash picked up…

Cigarette Butts. Stop smoking! It’s so nasty! Throw your cigarette butts in the trash – it’s not hard.

Plastic Bags (grocery, newspaper, dog poop bags)

Styrofoam – why is this stuff still around?

Take out containers, coffee stirrers, Starbucks containers – just… stop… buying stuff.

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