Community groups Saturday morning through noon were set to pick up trash along the lower part of the L.A. River. The Great L.A. River Cleanup has spanned three consecutive Saturdays — this is the final of the three.
Volunteers were in and around Long Beach at Lower Compton Creek, Willow Street Estuary and Golden Shore Marine Biological Reserve.
Shelly Backlar with Friends of the L.A. River says volunteers are finding snack wrappers and plastic bags.
"We're seeing a difference in the number of grocery store bags — however, bags from other places like Home Depot, Walgreens, Walmart, we're finding a lot of those."
Backlar says she's sorting bags by type to get a sense of how well plastic bag bans are working in the city and county of Los Angeles. It's also to understand how trash is getting into the river and whether there's a difference by region. She says data will be public by the end of the month.