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Lower Topanga Cleanup What an Accomplishment!
November 5, 2009 - By Rosi Dagit
PHOTOS BY ROSI DAGIT
Dave Skinner operated the backhoe to wrangle the really big pieces of concrete and asphalt that were too heavy for team members to lift.
The CA Conservation Corps, working with Stream Team members Sandra Albers, Steve Williams, Jayni Shuman and Delmar Lathers and Chris Lima of the Fisheries Restoration Program, were the force behind coordinating the CA Coastal Conservancy grant to the RCDSMM with one from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to make this all happen. State Parks provided a stake-bed truck, and along with the enthusiastic efforts of Rick and Hugo from maintenance, and Dale Skinner with his backhoe, they wrangled the really big pieces that were too heavy to lift!
Grant funding plus additional donations from local organizations contributed towards hauling the concrete, asphalt and pesky arundo.
In just a matter of 14 days, the work team hauled more than 30 tons of concrete, 10 tons of asphalt and 6 tons of arundo out of the creek, downstream from where the main restoration project ended last year. In addition to the funds provided by the grants, special thanks go to Stacy Sledge (Topanga Town Council, $450), Carol Leacock (Temescal Canyon Assoc., $1,500) and MaryAnne Webster (Sierra Club Trails Council, $500), whose donations contributed greatly towards hauling it all to be recycled (except the arundo, which no one recycles!). More arundo is waiting in piles above the flood line for later removal.
Fourteen days and lots of elbow grease from team members, hauled more than 30 tons of concrete, 10 tons of asphalt and 6 tons of arundo out of the creek.
Once again, community effort really pays off big time! And just in time for the rains to come! Be sure and hike down to see how good it looks! Cant wait for the fish to come!