Life finds a way …

Carp

Trout Unlimited’s Bob Blankenship sent in this amazing photo he took. Here’s what he said: I was at the lower LA in South Gate a couple weeks ago, around Hollydale Park. I walked down into the river channel – the dystopian part where there’s nothing expect a hundred-yard-wide concrete slab. I wanted to check out the low flow channel there and as I walked upstream I came upon a fish – about 18 inches of carp that was headed who-knows-where? There’s about two miles downstream of concrete channel and probably eight miles upstream. Life finds a way, right?

See you on the river, Jim Burns

FoLAR notches 30th annual river cleanup

Thirty years of cleaning up our river, more than 70,000 volunteers and 500 tons of hauled out trash, make this April event that just ended yesterday the biggest urban waters clean up in the country, according to Friends of the LA River, creator of the event.

Over the years, oddities pulled out of its water include:

— a Volkswagen Beetle                                        — a phone booth

— one entire dumpster                                      — a portable toilet

And recently, as fisher folk know, lots of carp, bass, tilapia and an occasional former aquarium dweller.

As FoLAR’s Lewis MacAdams told me once, “When the steelhead return to the river, we’ll know our job is done.” The motto on his statute in the park named after him says it all.

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Poet and river visionary Lewis McAdams must be proud to see the next generation of river stewardship unfold. (Jim Burns)

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As Kesley Gallagher, right, put in on FB, “Yes! Your hard work is paying off and keep it up!” The health of the river has a long way to go but we can all help by getting involved.”

See you on the river, Jim Burns