Arroyo Seco Watershed Restoration Feasibility Study

Project Description

The Arroyo Seco Watershed Restoration Feasibility Study is a project to research and develop a new environmental approach to the management of the Arroyo Seco Watershed. Funded by the California Coastal Conservancy, other contributors include the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, and various governmental agencies and community institutions. 

The Arroyo Seco's combination of natural mountainous upper watershed, hilly suburban openspace and dense urban development presents unique opportunities to improve flood management, enhance water quality, rehabilitate habitat, and provide regional recreational linkages.  The goal of the study is to integrate issues of flood management, water resources, habitat rehabilitation, and educational and community recreational opportunities.  The project will provide technical support and information for the design and implementation of projects within the Arroyo Seco watershed. 

Development of the Watershed Restoration Feasibility Study entails two phases.  Phase I is the systematic collection and inventory of existing information and identification of critical issues and gaps in knowledge. North East Trees (NET) and Arroyo Seco Foundation (ASF) will organize a Stakeholder Committee and an Agency Technical Review Committee to help facilitate the process.  Phase I will result in a Summary Report which includes goals and objectives, an inventory of watershed resources, preliminary analysis of critical areas for further study, identification of gaps and conflicts and potential demonstration projects.  

In Phase II, the information gathered in Phase I will be used to refine project goals and objectives.  NET and ASF will hire consultants to conduct technical studies needed to support restoration efforts. Based on these studies, the team will develop standards to guide project designs, refine list of demonstration projects and recommend implementation strategy. Phase III, which is not part of this project, will consist of site specific design of the demonstration projects recommended in this study.

About North East Trees and Arroyo Seco Foundation 

North East Trees is an active, grass roots urban forestry nonprofit organization founded in 1990. NETís mission is to green Northeast Los Angeles, educate the community about the environment, and to promote sustainable design and community based implementation. 

The Arroyo Seco Foundation is a nonprofit education and action foundation whose mission is to restore and enhance the Arroyo Seco from the San Gabriel Mountains to the Los Angeles River, reforest our region, and promote environmental awareness. 

Both organizations bring to the project professionalism as well as a commitment to working with the communitiesí stakeholders to achieve a common vision of the regionís future.

 

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