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"Give them opportunity to come down and check it out, namely high school students and community members, to get out and get in the environment here and say, 'Hey, this is part of our community. We don't need to go to the beach, we don't need to go to the mountains, we have it in our backyard and let's learn about it,'" said James Alamillo, spokesman for environmental group Heal The Bay.
Alamillo agrees that flooding is a serious concern but says county officials need to find more environmentally friendly ways of dealing with that potential hazard.
"There are other considerations that are just maybe as important and therefore should be at the table," said Alamillo.
But L.A. county officials say that cleaning out this creek is crucial to flood-protection efforts.
The county has a five-year permit to bulldoze the creek, pending a review of less destructive alternatives. The state is expected to review that permit and possibly amend it in the next few months.