Topanga Canyon News
As part of the RCDSMM (Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains) the Stream Team teamed up with California State Parks, the Temescal Canyon Association, and Sierra Club Trails Crew for funding and support.
In the foggy lower creek on Saturday, one could find Rosi and Jenna working among 100 other people from the California Science Center, which has a big outreach program for families. These volunteers were mixed in age, but came together on a similar note: to help replant and replenish what was lost by the trash that destroyed plant life and general ecosystem balance. "In 2008 we took out 1,334 truck loads [of trash] that had been dumped by former renters, and each weighed 20 tons,” Dagit recalled. “That's about 26 thousand tons." Since then, a channel has been restored to allow for the creek to flow naturally. Dagit says gladly, "Now we have a creek channel, doing what it's supposed to do, and it works."
In an effort to keep the area living and breathing healthfully, this event will continue.
"We have been doing the Earth Day creak cleanup since 2000 every year," Dagit noted. That year, they did an event where massive amounts of old cars and waste were airlifted out, clearing objects big and small that disrupted the environment. The Creek Team started in the mid 90's doing general cleanups and have been clearing out 2-8 tons of trash each year. Dagit says, "Since 2009 we have been focusing our efforts on helping try to re-navigate and restore Lower Topanga Creek.”
There are many opportunities to help, and the next one one can be involved in is a coastal cleanup in September. "We can use all the help we can get," Dagit explained cheerfully.
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