There was an imminent threat to both my family and my neighbors from a huge drug encampment that had been allowed to accumulate in the Big Tujunga Wash. The neighborhood was experiencing a flood of break-ins and physical threats and harassment from those living in the wash. When the city officials refused to respond, I organized a clean-up activity that required the rental of heavy equipment, eleven 40 yard trash bins and the support of LAPD and the neighborhood council. I also worked with the Fish and Wildlife Department, LA DWP Water Protection Division, Santa Monica Conservancy, and the National Forest Foundation. We removed over 70 tons of trash that included human waste and a cache of drugs with syringes and dirty needles. Special acknowledgement to Brian Schneider, who lead the volunteer effort that was critical to our success. We had more than fifty volunteers and raised seven thousand dollars to assist in the cleanup. The property owner paid the remaining cost. All that trash and pollutants would have entered into the DWP water system. The City Councils response was to send the building and safety department out to site the property owner for rubbish after it was cleaned up.