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Cleanup of L.A. River planned

May 12, 2001

Amber Willard

GRIFFITH PARK -- For many residents, spring brings with it spring

cleaning. For the Friends of the Los Angeles River, it means clearing

trash from the river bottom and surrounding areas.

"Every little bit helps keep the trash from getting to the beaches and

into the ocean," said Jill Hill, spokeswoman for the group, which is

sponsoring the half-day cleanup today.

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Residents are asked to don work gloves, old clothes and sturdy shoes

this morning to help pull everything from plastic bags to shopping carts

from the river area around Bette Davis Picnic Area in Griffith Park.

If the plastic and metal items can be salvaged, they will be recycled,

Hill said. The rest will be hauled away.

Cleanup crews will meet at 11 sites along the river Saturday morning.

For other locations or more information, call (562) 591-5980, or access

the Web site at www.folar.org.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Los Angeles River Cleanup

WHEN: 9 a.m. to noon today

WHERE: Bette Davis Picnic Area in Griffith Park at Riverside Drive and

Victory Boulevard

INFO: (562) 591-5980

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