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Blog: Audubon's Arroyo Green Team Takes Action in Debs

Audubon Center at Debs Park program helps local youth address environmental issues.

The Audubon Center at Debs Park’s Arroyo Green Team, our program for local teens, continues to address local environmental issues. At the December 1st general meeting for the Green Team, members discussed future projects and activities for the coming Spring term. Among the ideas mentioned at the meeting were more community outreach opportunities, continued restoration work at Debs Park, and potential learning workshops for the group from experts in ecology/conservation/environmental fields. Also mentioned during the meeting was how many members had witnessed an increase in dog waste along the popular trails for hikers. They talked about ways to decrease the occurrence as the cleanliness of the park was important for the animals, plants, and visitors at Debs.  Pet waste also causes the Arroyo Seco and Los Angeles River to high levels of bacteria that can impact people and wild animals.

The following week one of our Green Team members and 8th grader at Arroyo Seco Museum Science Magnet School, Roger, stopped by the Audubon Center with a plan to tackle this challenge. Roger brought by a doggy waste bag dispenser and bags that he had purchased himself from a local store. He wanted to place the dispenser in a location where hikers walking by with their dogs would remember to please pick up their pet’s waste even if they forgot their own bag. Working with our Teacher Naturalists, Viviana Vallin and Patty Sun, Roger came up with a sign to place next to the dispenser. Within a week of the Green Team’s discussion about the concern, one of our members came up with and implemented a possible solution. It was a great example of what the Green Team is all about and about how individuals can make a positive difference with small changes.

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El Cid December 08, 2012 at 06:18 PM
A great idea that was executed!
sila December 09, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Thats a smart kid, unfortunately ive seen people at the dog park (where there's bag dispensers and scoopers everywhere) who SEE their dog poop and they walk away (even if im screaming at the to pick it up). Theres just some people who have no decency. I have 4 dogs, and i HAPPILY pick up after them, because its part of the privilege of being dog owner, and i care about the planet we live on. Theres gotta be a solution, and im glad kids are getting involved, theyre the most creative and will likely find a way :)
Susan Andres December 09, 2012 at 04:59 PM
What a great idea, Roger! Of course you can't control what anyone else does, but by doing what you've done -- giving people greater opportunities to be thoughtful and responsible -- you make change possible. And you inspire by example. My hat's off to you.
Creper Chimone December 10, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Great. I'm glad to see this happening. There is so much trash in the park ,it's a shame. And truthfully alot of the trash comes from the school, there are capri sun containers littering the path up the hill that runs along the school. Also someone should tell the people who live off Avenue 52 entrance that they should stop dumping stuff from their yard into the park. Th It also seems they have extended their property line into the park but they have finally gotten rid of the branches they put there which were a fire hazard. They should be cited for this. Also there is lots of trash on that trail that leads out to Avenue 52.

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