Hundreds of people are expected to gather today to help clean up the Los Angeles River. After all, what are friends for?
Organized by the Friends of the Los Angeles River, a nonprofit organization founded to preserve the waterway's heritage and habitat, the cleanup effort will take place at six sites, including Balboa Park in the Sepulveda Basin.
Project coordinator Dan Ratliff said the task may be more challenging than ever. "It looks like there's more debris than in previous years, maybe because of the rain," Ratliff said.
This will be the group's sixth annual cleanup effort. Last year, volunteers removed more than 30 tons of trash, a third of which was recycled, he said. Furthermore, he said, the effort will take on greater urgency this year due to concern that the Army Corps of Engineers might erect eight-foot walls along the river's banks to expand its capacity during heavy storms.