Chapter 6 From Compton Creek to Long Beach

The 8.5-mile Compton Creek was once used as a kind of dumping ground; recently a coalition of local politicians and area residents have claimed the creek back as their own.

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Dan Cooper
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Compton Creek
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Runoff
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Richland Farms
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Golden Shore Marine Reserve
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Clean Water Act
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Looking Forward


From Compton Creek to Long Beach Mural
An 8.5-mile stretch of creek that used to free flow with the flood waters, Compton Creek has since been channelized into a tributary of the Los Angeles River by the Army Corps of Engineers. Once used as a kind of dumping ground, the creek and its wetlands used to be destroyed with waste and other rubbish from the area. Recently, however, a coalition of local politicians and area residents have claimed the creek back as their own, bringing it back to a greener time, reminiscent of what it once looked like when Compton and Vernon were zoned for agriculture.