LA River Revitalization Master Project

The Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Project online presence or website is no longer available. Its domain was not renewed unfortunately. The project was quite remarkable and proved that some still strive to save the Earth from man’s abuse and reckless abound.

The project had the following goals:

  • Establish guidelines for land use and land development
  • Improve the environment and water quality
  • Improve the river’s ecological function
  • Provide public access to the river
  • Provide ecological recreational facilities
  • Support and encourage wildlife
  • Provide flood control measures
  • Increase community awareness

It is vital to mankind that we protect the Earth’s ecosystems and environments. It took millions of years for these systems to develop and flourish. They can be destroyed much quicker if abused.

LA River Bridge

Let’s enjoy the Earth and at the same time be smart and take care of it’s bounty of flora and fauna.

LA River Fishing

LA River Scenery

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Revitalization Projects in the USA

The Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan is only one revitalization project of many taking place in the United States. Most are unknown because our media does not cover these types of stories. Our media (News) will only cover shocking and devastating events like murder, shooting, disasters, etc. I wish they would cover positive events instead.

Valley, Alabama – Construction and Demolition Recycling

The city of Valley, Alabama with a population of only 9,000 has quite a history. Back in the 1860’s Valley was the home of 2 textile mills along the Chattahoochee River. The city was dependant on the textile industry in order to sustain its existence. Just like Detroit and the auto industry. The auto industry closed plants in Detroit and now it’s becoming a ghost town. Anyway when the textile industry changed gears (out sourcing or is it globalization?) Valley was hit very hard. The 2 mills had to close their doors. The city was devastated. The mills sat vacant for many years.

The city later purchased the 2 mills in 2004 for $450,000. The Langdale Mill cost $300,000 and the Riverdale Mill $150,000. The 2 mills include 38 acres of river front property along the Chattahoochee.

Langdale Mill in Valley Alabama

Riverdale and Langdale Mills, Valley, AL

In 2007 the Alabama DEM did an assessment of the property which caused the EPA to award the city a grant to help with the environmental clean up. There was some contamination found on the site by ADEM. The city of Valley worked with the EPA to learn how to use the land sustainably and discover redevelopment opportunities.

Valley transformed a small portion of the land into office space and a sewing center. They partnered with InterfaceFLOR who is a carpet tile manufacturer. The sewing center manufactures purses and tote bags from discarded materials from InterfaceFLOR. InterfaceFLOR then purchases the items back for marketing and sales meetings. InterfaceFLOR has a zero waste policy. All profits are reinvested to create more jobs. Valley has also created a Farmers Market in the Langdale parking lot. This provides opportunities for local farmers to increase sales. The community benefits from the fresh produce and competitive pricing. Locals want to reinvest in their own community too.

This is what can be done by people who care and who are patriotic towards our great country. Let’s turn the U.S. around….and bring back manufacturing and other jobs.

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Environmentally Friendly Sports

Sports and recreation can be environmentally friendly and very enjoyable. Parks and National forests are some perfect examples. People can enjoy the outdoors without harming it. With correct supervision outdoor sports like fishing and hunting and recreational activities such as hiking, rock climbing, biking, swimming, boating, camping etc. can be good for the environment.

We do however have a responsibility to manage and preserve our delicate environment. Some types of outdoor activities have moved forward in protecting wildlife such as hunting where lead is being phased out. More eco-friendly materials are being used in order to limit wildlife exposure to toxic elements. Copper and other non-toxic metals are being used as projectiles instead of lead. Lead can cause many harmful maladies to wildlife when exposed or ingested.

Fishing is another sport or recreation that has moved towards an eco-friendly arena. Sinkers or fishing weights were typically made from lead which is toxic to most wildlife. There are now lead-free sinkers and lead free fishing weights available. They’re called “Green” tackle.

I would really like to see more fish farms being used to replenish our salt water fish that have been over fished for many years. There are many species that are really low in numbers like the Blue Fin Tuna, Yelloweye and Canary Rockfish, Atlantic Salmon, Chinook Salmon, Sawfish and Swordfish just to name a few.

Captive Bluefin Tuna

We need to replenish the oceans before these fish disappear. Hatcheries should be built to hatch and raise the young before releasing them into the wild. We need to stock our oceans to maintain the species and prevent extinction. Many countries use fish as their protein staple. Without fish many countries would face serious food deficits.

The oceans provide huge amounts of food for the world.

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Environmentally Safe Hunting and Target Shooting

Most sports can be environment friendly and at the same time enjoyable. This includes hunting, target shooting and fishing. You might ask how can hunting and fishing be safe for the environment? It can be but you have to make some choices as far as what you use to hunt or fish with. Use safe or “green” products and any sport can be eco-friendly.

Hunting is viewed by many as harmful to the environment but it doesn’t have to be and in many ways it is not harmful at all.

Hunting actually keeps some species in check as far as population goes. Smaller populations are healthier. If a species is allowed to grow too large in numbers, they tend to deplete their food supply or spread disease and then die off in large numbers. In this process, they ruin their habitat. Nature has to be kept in balance. Hunting (managed) keeps most species in healthy numbers.

Lead is known to be toxic to most or all living organisms and hunting bullets used to be mostly lead. Lead in the environment is harmful to animals and has taken its toll on many waterfowl that were exposed to lead shot from shotguns. Lead shot fell into bodies of water where waterfowl fed. The lead shot was swallowed accidentally when the birds fed on the bottom. The good news is lead is being phased out.

Shotgun ammunition for waterfowl has been modified to eliminate the toxic metal. Waterfowl ammunition is non-lead for the most part. There still is some lead shot ammunition for waterfowl but most of it is steel or bismuth. These two metals are non toxic and safe for the environment.

A huge surge in rifle and handgun ammunition has taken place towards non-lead bullets. More and more ammunition manufacturers are producing non lead ammunition. Copper is quickly replacing lead bullets in all types of ammunition from home defense to hunting and target shooting. Copper and brass are non toxic and biodegradable. They are completely safe for the environment. Cast lead bullets will fade away very soon as the last large lead smelter was shut down.

Pellet guns are becoming very popular for hunting and target shooting and for good reason. Pellet guns are much more powerful now than 20 years ago and they are much quieter. They can be the ultimate in eco-friendly or “green” guns.

Most pellet guns or air rifles use compressed air to power and launch the projectile unlike forearms which use a combustible powder. Air rifles do not emit or create any harmful gases with the exception of CO2 guns. These use compressed Carbon Dioxide gas which is a “greenhouse gas”. The “green” air guns compress the air we breath and are completely environment safe. These include PCP or Pre Charged Pneumatic, variable pump and break barrel. To make air guns totally “green” we need to choose ammunition or pellets that are non-lead or non-toxic. Many pellet manufacturers are offering non lead pellets and BB’s. For more info on the various types and models of pellet guns/air rifles and hunting with air rifles, visit PelletGuns1.com.

Air rifles are quieter and do not produce any harmful by products that may harm the environment unlike firearms. Firearm ammunition does produce some harmful gases and residue from the combustion of nitro powders and primers. Air guns are quieter and do not disturb wildlife near as much as firearms.

Firearm and pellet gun maintenance products can also be “green”. For many years gun cleaners were very toxic laden with harsh chemicals that not only smelled bad but would make your eyes water and burn your skin. Ammonia was a common ingredient and is toxic. Petroleum products were also use for cleaning and lubricating firearms. These are toxic also.

New non toxic and biodegradable gun cleaners are now filling up the shelves in gun stores and online. Most manufacturers now have a non toxic gun cleaner and lubricant. No more toxic fumes to breath nor cracked and irritated skin and eyes. There is no longer a reason to use anything toxic or harmful. These new CLP’s or cleaner, lubricant and protectants work very well and do not cost any more than the toxic counterparts. Go Green. Frog Lube CLP is just one cleaner/lubricant that is totally “Green”. For more info on non toxic (green) firearm cleaners and lubricants visit www.guncleaningtips.com.

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