08 Jun FoLAR Team Member Zoe witt reflects on her first cleanup
Although I did not have the honor of knowing Lewis personally, I feel indebted to him because the Movement he began all those years ago has had such an impact on me and my life. I first learned about the LA River in a writing class in my junior year of university. I had never heard of the LA River before, but I became immediately passionate about it. I went on to spend my senior year learning all about the River, making it the subject of my senior thesis. It just so happened that the day after my thesis was due was FoLAR’s Great LA River CleanUp down in the Lower River. What better way to celebrate the end of my thesis than to go to my first CleanUp! So, the next morning, I made my way to the LA River CleanUp at Willow Street Estuary. I’ll always remember that CleanUp – it was such a lovely and serene morning. I vividly remember seeing this cute little family of ducks swimming upstream, and one of the little babies kept getting pushed back by a little rapid. By that time I was already really interested in the River, but I think that might have been the moment that I fell in love with it. Thank you, Lewis MacAdams, for elevating the River in the minds of all of us. We will finish what you started.