20 Jan Making the River Great Again – the G2 Purchase and the Largest Urban River Cleanup in America
By Marissa Christiansen, Executive Director
Friday, January 20, 2017
We are almost one incredibly eventful month into 2017. Like so many of you, the inauguration filled me with the same sense of surreal disbelief as the election itself; like an alien dystopian aftershock. While we brace for new anti-environment philosophy at the federal level, we can find solace in the strength, passion and leadership here in Los Angeles and on our River.
Later this month the Los Angeles City Council will consider the purchase of the G2 parcel – a 41 acre linchpin of Los Angeles River restoration. As you well know, the vision for this crucial land will transform industrial landscape into a reclaimed floodplain and restored wetlands along the Los Angeles River. This multi-benefit project will provide open space our River communities so sorely need, improve water quality, and reestablish historic wetland habitat. Thanks to those of you – our River advocates – who have already voiced your support of this transformational decision. If you haven’t yet, please join us at FoLAR.org/Action in voicing support of the City Council as they take this historic step towards the River of our collective future.
Looking to the future, we have more cause to celebrate and engage in a restored Los Angeles River. This April we are proud to present the 28th Annual Great Los Angeles River Cleanup “La Gran Limpieza.” FoLAR will once again call on our volunteers and River communities to join in the largest urban river cleanup in the nation! Last year was our biggest yet with 9,000 volunteers removing 70 tons of trash and refuse from the River. So, if we can’t clean up Washington, we can certainly clean up the LA River. Stay tuned for registration information.
With everything we’ve accomplished together and all to come, I am proud of and inspired by the promise of Los Angeles. This land and our River will serve as a bastion of hope and progress for the next four years – and beyond.