About L Angeles
- Fighting to Preserve the Los Angeles River Wildlife and Environment, throughout the lens of my camera and educating People with Facts and Images.
For many years that I been live in the Atwater/Elysian Valley area, I have seen the devastation that Men causes with their indifference and negligence towards one of the most beautiful places in the Los Angeles area, as is the area of the Los Angeles River, dumping trash, fishing and some other activities not beneficial to the environment of the River and to the wild life that live there.
Why we are against Kayaking and Fishing along the LA River area ?
Fishing : Birds, turtles and other creatures get caught with the fishing lines left by fishermen,resulting in a very long and painful amputation and/or death. Personally, I think this is a horrible way to die, for a beautiful and kind creature.
Kayaking : Kayakers often tell me that kayaking won’t hurt or do much damage to the wild life, well that is not true ! when kayakers get too close to the green areas, where some species are still nesting or raising their offsprings, it's disturbs their enviroment, and if they are being disturbed constantly, they will leave the nest, killing their offspring, and probably not returning to nest in the same area.
Kyakers and fishermen, should not be allowed anywhere along the LA River,since there is many many places where can practice this two activities, without endangering or destroying the environment and without disturbing and killing the wildlife. Plus the LA Rivers water contain the E. Coli Bacteria and Fecal Coliform Bacteria ( among other), according with the reports from
Los Angeles River Watershed Monitoring
2011 Annual Report
Large quantities of Fecal Coliform Bacteria in water are not harmful according to some authorities, but may indicate a higher risk of pathogens being present in the water. Some waterborne pathogenic diseases that may coincide with fecal coliform contamination include ear infections, dysentery, typhoid fever, viral and bacterial gastroenteritis, and hepatitis A. The presence of fecal coliform tends to affect humans more than it does aquatic creatures, though not exclusively.
E. Coli infections often causes severe, acute hemorrhagic diarrhea (although nonhemorrhagic diarrhea is also possible) and abdominal cramps. Usually little or no fever is present, and the illness resolves in five to 10 days. It can also be asymptomatic.
In some people, particularly children under five years of age and the elderly, the infection can cause hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), in which the red blood cells are destroyed and the kidneys fail. About 2–7% of infections lead to this complication. In the United States, HUS is the principal cause of acute kidney failure in children, and most cases of HUS are caused by the E. coli bacteria.
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