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Stimulus money used to clean up L.A. River

August 7, 2009 9:07:59 AM PDT
The California State Water Resources Control Board has awarded $10 million in stimulus funds to help 16 Southern California cities that drain into the Los Angeles River prevent their trash from ending up in the water.According to Long Beach officials, the money will be used for trash-collection devices that can be inserted into storm drains called catchbasins. Approximately 3,750 catchbasins will be covered by the grant.

Long Beach has already installed hundreds of these devices and will receive a portion of the new federal funds.

"The vast majority of the trash that ends up on our beaches is generated by the upstream cities, and these funds will make a huge difference in stopping trash before it even enters the Los Angeles River. This is a great step in the right direction," said Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster in a news release.

The other cities set to receive funding include Bell, Commerce, Compton, Downey, Huntington Park, Lynwood, Montebello, Paramount, Pico Rivera, South Gate and Vernon.

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