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LOS ANGELES—Volunteers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District joined forces with hundreds of community volunteers along the Los Angeles River adjacent to Balboa Park in the Sepulveda Basin for the Friends of the Los Angeles River’s 25th La Gran Limpieza: The Great Los Angeles River Clean Up April 26.
The event was the kick-off of three Saturdays of planned volunteer clean ups, organized by FoLAR.
“It’s an excellent demonstration today of the partnership between non-governmental organizations, city government, and the federal government that are in place,” said Col. Kimberly Colloton, commander and district engineer of the Los Angeles District. “[This synergy is] what we can do together that far outnumbers what we each can do alone.”
“This river isn’t just about our future, it’s about where we came from,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who welcomed volunteers.  “As you return to it [Los Angeles River] and clean those roots today, we also write a new chapter for what Los Angeles can and will be.”
Garcetti and Colloton joined more than 400 hundred volunteers from various community organizations as they removed plastic bags and debris from trees and river banks. 
In addition to removing more than five truckloads of trash and shopping carts from the river, volunteers sorted and weighed about 90 pounds of plastic, aluminum cans, glass bottles, card board boxes and cigarette butts. 
“It’s so great to have everybody out here today,” said the District’s Chief of Planning Division Joesphine Axt. “We got people from construction, planning, kids, stakeholders, the mayor and even my daughter together to have the opportunity to share love and concern about the river and wanting to see its improvement and actually to get something tangibly done.”
FoLAR will host two additional Saturday river cleanups:  May 3 at Glendale Narrows sites and May 10 at lower river sites. Activities start at 9 am. See http://www.folar.org/cleanup for more information.
District participates in LA River community clean-up
2/4/2016 12:46:00 PM
Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye (center) meets Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District Commander Col. Kirk Gibbs and Albuquerque District Commander Lt. Col. Patrick Dagon Jan. 27 in Window Rock, Arizona. Darcy, at the invitation of Navajo Nation Council Delegate Walter Phelps, later addressed the 2016 Winter Council Session of the Navajo Nation Council.
Navajo Nation Council
1/29/2016 5:22:00 PM
Arizona Game and Fish Department staff brief Los Angeles District regulatory representatives on the state's Arlington Wildlife Area Jan. 20. The AWA is a potential in-lieu fee program site for public and private projects seeking an Army permit under the Clean Water Act.
Corps regulators tour Arlington Wildlife Area
1/25/2016 12:31:00 PM
Maj. Gen. Ed Jackson, deputy commanding general for civil and emergency operations, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, speaks to attendees at the winter meeting of the California Marine Affairs and Navigation Conference Jan. 21 at Marina del Rey, California.
Corps deputy CG speaks at CMANC
1/22/2016 5:35:00 PM
U.S. Congressman Alan Lowenthal of Long Beach; Mayor Robert Garcia, City of Long Beach and Maj. Gen. Ed Jackson, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Deputy Commanding General for Civil and Emergency Operations sign a ceremonial document for the shared cost for the East San Pedro Bay ecological restoration study.
East San Pedro Bay study receives joint signing
1/20/2016 10:28:00 PM
Mayor Robert Garcia, City of Long Beach; U.S. Congressman Alan Lowenthal of Long Beach; Col. Kirk Gibbs, Los Angeles District Commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Brig. Gen. Mark Toy, South Pacific Division Commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Councilwoman Suzie Price, City of Long Beach; Steven L. Stockton Director of Civil Works, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; and Maj. Gen. Ed Jackson, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Deputy Commanding General for Civil and Emergency Operations speak at a ceremony celebrating the signing of shared cost study for the ecological restoration of the East San Pedro Bay.
East San Pedro Bay ceremony
1/20/2016 10:23:00 PM
Officials toss ceremonial shovels of dirt for the new MQ-1C Gray Eagle UAS facility during a groundbreaking ceremony Jan. 12 at Fort Irwin, California. Pictured from left to right are: Todd Gillum, Cox Construction; Maj. Gen. Joseph Martin, commanding general, National Training Center and Fort Irwin; Col. Kirk Gibbs, commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District; Marcus Watkins, director, NASA Management Office; Col. Matthew Ruedi, commander, 916th Support Brigade and Col. G. Scott Taylor, commander, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Irwin.
District breaks ground for Gray Eagle project
1/13/2016 2:25:00 PM
Heavy construction equipment delivers and places rock along a section of the Pacific Coast Highway in Carlsbad. The work is an emergency action authorized by the Corps to protect the coast and adjacent highway.
Rock placement along Pacific Coast Highway, Carlsbad
1/13/2016 1:09:00 PM
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