Weathering the Storms

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Called “one of the most powerful systems to strike Southern California since…the winter of 2004-05” by the LA Times, last winter’s storm season damaged much of Orange County. Through the National Emergency Grant (NEG), the OCCC will help restore parks, trails and nature preserves.

Thirty five corpsmembers will work on seven different projects for about a year to renew the damaged areas. Currently, our crews are working with OC Parks at Caspers Wilderness Park and O’Neill Regional Park. Soon, these crews will work with OC Operations and Maintenance on different areas.

Every day they rehabilitate and construct trails, control erosion, and remove debris, vegetation and silt. It’s not easy, but that is what NEG CorpsMember Jorge Ocampo says he likes best: “It’s hard work, but it’s fun.”

During the 2010 storm season, Long Beach alone had $4 million worth of damage, according to the OC Register. The OCCC has a crew for that.

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