A view of the Los Angeles River from the Mariposa St. bridge on Thursday, May 3, 2012.

A view of the Los Angeles River from the Mariposa St. bridge on Thursday, May 3, 2012. (Times Community News / December 3, 2012)

In order to avoid steep fines, Glendale plans to install hundreds of storm drain screens to keep trash from getting into the Los Angeles River.

The City Council has approved spending $100,000 more, bringing the total cost for 579 screens to $150,000.

The screens are required by the state’s water quality control board, which requires cities to block trash from getting into the river. The screens prevent trash as small as 5 millimeters in diameter from entering the storm drain system.

-- Brittany Levine, Times Community News

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