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    Councilman Colonna, Chair of San Gabriel Mtns. & River Conservancy, Says Agency Is Studying Anti-Mosquito Activities, Warns Against Complacency on West Nile Virus

    Councilman O'Donnell Will Seek City Mgt. Report On Stagnant Water Buildup and Gen'l Overall Maintenance of Storm Drains, Culverts and Open Drainage in 4th Dist. & Citywide

    (August 17, 2004) -- LB Councilman Frank Colonna, who chairs the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy, has announced that his agency is studying anti-mosquito activities in which it can participate.

    The development follows a report presented to an L.A. County anti-mosquito agency -- reported first by -- indicating that West Nile Virus transmission appears associated with major rivers and improved flood control channels in L.A. County.

    Councilman Colonna, whose background includes work for LB's Health Dept., also cautioned against complacency in dealing with the mosquito-borne West Nile Virus, stating at the conclusion of the August 17 LB City Council meeting:

    ...I did want to let members of the community know that the [San Gabriel] Rivers and Mountains Conservancy has taken under study the vector control activities that we can participate in.

    Because as we are now learning, the more open space and watershed areas that we develop at a time like this when we have mosquito problems to deal with, that we have to really tighten up our partnership with our partners actually that help to care for mosquito problems.

    ...I'm certainly hoping that we can get this [West Nile situation] behind us, but I think that we also have to be very diligent about what's going on in our city and make sure that our citizens be very much aware of the fact that complacency can be our worst enemy.

    Councilman Colonna's comments followed coverage of the August 12 Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District Board of Trustees meeting at which a report was presented indicating West Nile Virus transmission appears associated with major rivers and improved flood control channels in L.A. County. Councilman Colonna discussed the vector control agency's report with's publisher prior to the Council meeting.

    Fourth district Councilman Patrick O'Donnell then announced:

    The 4th district has several open storm drains that have the potential for significant mosquito breeding as well as the accumulation trash and debris. I respectfully request the City Manager to provide an updated report to the City Council pregarding precautionary measures taken to avoid stagnant water buildup and general overall maintenance of storm drains, culverts and open drainage in the 4th district and the city in general

    Councilman O'Donnell's upcoming agenda item follows articles by reporting on standing water in street gutters in parts of ELB.

    Related coverage: collected West Nile Virus coverage

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