The East Fork of the San Gabriel River... stop trashing it!

Anytime I go to the EF, I see so much trash. I found 2 batteries, and feces (both dog and human). I see these big mounds of trash where people camped and just left cans, bottles, rotting fruit and veggies, and other stuff around. Don’t use the EF as your garbage can (or private toilet!)

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Needs a Friends of the river to start cleaning up

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Sadly an area as accessible as that and as close to a large urban area is going to be trashed. One of the reasons I stopped visiting that location.

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My one and only excursion out of New Zealand was to the US in 2001, and involved a visit to Washington DC. Probably the most lasting impression I had coming away, not counting the drama associated with 9/11, was how there were no cigarette butts or any rubbish of any kind on the ground anywhere that we went, but then I saw the Potomac… what a contrast! I am very pleased to see that it has been dramatically improved since then!

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Yeah unfortunately the East fork has been in a bad state for a long time. When I was in the area around 2006 it was strewn with dirty diapers and garbage and people had built so many rock dams the river couldn’t really flow any more, it was just dirty puddles. Too bad that hasn’t changed.

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It’s been that way since I can remember, goes way back to the 1960s. Winter rains and flooding will wash out the stream bed but that’s no help to adjacent areas. It’s heavily used, especially hot summer days. I was volunteer wilderness patrol with the Angeles 1988-1990. I did a sweep down the East Fork over a Memorial Day weekend, from Angeles Crest to Heaton Flat, two nights and three long days. I did it with my wife, so I wasn’t alone. The upper sections are pretty remote and were then lightly used. We saw only only one person until we got close the the Narrows. Lot’s of people, illegal campfires, excavating the terrace deposits for gold. I guess now the Bridge to Nowhere is a popular bungee jumping spot. It’s on private land. Anyway, that’s what proximity to LA yields. Forget Jake, it’s Chinatown.

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We have similar issues in Cape Town (worsened by sewage leaks during loadshedding when the pumps fail)

And a small group of volunteers determinedly making a difference
(Sorry it’s on FB but)
https://www.facebook.com/helpuptoday/

https://www.goodthingsguy.com/environment/help-up-black-river/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYXBi0XV8_c&feature=youtu.be

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