Stimulus money used to clean up L.A. River

LOS ANGELES 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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