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VOLUNTEERS TO PLUNGE INTO L.A. RIVER CLEANUP.



Byline: Jeannette DeSantis Daily News Staff Writer

Hundreds of nature enthusiasts are expected to turn out today for the 7th Annual Great Los Angeles River The Los Angeles River is an intermittent river flowing through Los Angeles County, California, from Canoga Park in the west end of the San Fernando Valley, 51 miles (82 km) southeast to its mouth in Long Beach.  Clean-Up along the 55-mile river that runs from the San Fernando Valley San Fernando Valley

Valley, southern California, U.S. Northwest of central Los Angeles, the valley is bounded by the San Gabriel, Santa Susana, and Santa Monica mountains and the Simi Hills.
 to Long Beach.

Valley volunteers will spend the morning picking up trash at the Sepulveda Dam Located in Los Angeles, California, the Sepulveda Dam is a project of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, built in 1941 to control winter flood waters along the Los Angeles River.  Basin near Balboa Balboa, town (1990 pop. 2,751), Colón prov., in the former Panama Canal Zone, on the Gulf of Panama. The port for Panama City, Balboa was the administrative headquarters of the Panama Canal Zone. It was also the site of a U.S. navy base (closed 1999).  Lake.

The event, sponsored by Friends of the Los Angeles River, will run from 9 a.m. to noon.

``We have a living river right here in Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. ,'' said spokeswoman Katie Klapper. ``This is something that has enormous potential as an in-town recreational and wildlife experience.''

Klapper said that although many people know the Los Angeles River as a concrete flood channel, there are several segments of the river that are in a natural state, with abundant wildlife and vegetation.

``We have a dream to bring the entire river back to its natural state,'' said Klapper. ``We hope people come down and see what it is like and maybe become a voice that tells their city officials that they want this, too.''

Other cleanup sites are Griffith Park Griffith Park is a large public park at the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains. It is situated in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. The park covers 4,210 acres (17 kmĀ²) of land, making it one of the largest urban parks in North America. , Los Feliz bridge, Elysian Valley, Compton Creek and Willow Street Bridge.

The event is part of a plan by Friends of the L.A. River to lead a citizens movement to restore the river to its natural state when county officials are preparing to erect higher concrete walls along the lower 21 miles of the river, Klapper said.

At last year's cleanup, more than 1,000 people volunteered.
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Date:May 11, 1996
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