City of Los Angeles Hosts El Nino Prep Session With Local LA Youth Workers

Enrique Zaldivar, the Director of the City’s Bureau of Sanitation and Assistant Director Adel Hagekhalil (a CWEA Member and NACWA’s current President)  hosted an El Nino prepartion event with some of their collection system  team members and workers from the Los Angeles Conservation Corps – a job training program for LA youth.

So far this year City collection system crews (most are CWEA CSM certified) have cleaned 52,186 catch basins this year according to LA Sanitation. Catch basins in the City have a series of fine mesh screens to prevent trash and debris from reaching LA’s famous beaches. Stormwater screening is also required by the local Regional Board to meet TMDL requirements for local rivers.

View more photos from the event on LA Sanitation’s Facebook page…

The LA Conservation Corps was created in 1988 to help off-track middle and high school students. The Clean & Green is one of the LA Conservation Corps’ oldest ongoing youth and workforce development programs. LA Sanitation has worked with the Conservation Corps for several decades on various environmental projects.

The LA Conservation Corps also assisted WEF in 2011 with our community service project held right before WEFTEC 2011. Volunteers from WEF and LA Conservation Corps youth workers planted trees along a street in South Central Los Angeles. The volunteers also installed a unique storm drain that would water the trees when it rained.


LA Conservation Corp youth workers at the 2011 WEFTEC Community Service Project.


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