"The History of Hahamongna Watershed Park" Next Wednesday at Pasadena Central Library!

Tim Brick, Managing Director of the Arroyo Seco Foundation, will present "The History of Hahamongna Watershed Park" at the Arroyo Seco Quarterly Meeting at the Donald Wright Auditorium of the Pasadena Central Library on Wednesday, October 10, 2018.

2018 is the 25th Anniversary of Hahamongna Watershed Park, which was established in 1993 when the County of Los Angeles abandoned Oak Grove Park. After an extensive community-involvement process, Pasadena expanded the park and its scope to include all the city-owned land in the Arroyo Seco north of Devil's Gate Dam.

Hahamongna is that rare spot in the Arroyo Seco at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains where the mountainous watershed meets the urban plain. Periodically floods roar into this basin. Bounded on the north by the mountains and Jet Propulsion Laboratory and on the south by Devil's Gate Dam, Hahamongna contains five unique habitat zones that only exist in alluvial canyons near the mountains. Most sites like this in Southern California have been destroyed.

Hahamongna Watershed Park was established to celebrate this rare environmental treasure and to promote stewardship of the environment and of precious natural resources, as well as to show respect for the original settlers of our region, the Gabrielino/Tongva people.

Tim Brick has been directly involved in Hahamongna planning for more than thirty years. He served on the original Devil's Gate Advisory Committee in the late 1980s and on was vice-chairman of the Devil's Gate Multi-use Project Joint Powers Planning Authority in the early 1990s. He was selected to be the executive director of the short-lived Hahamongna Operating Company in 1995. He initiated the Arroyo Seco Master Planning Process and, as Pasadena'a Metropolitan Water District Director, arranged for the purchase of an additional 30 acres to expand the park in 2005. For many years he has been managing director of the Arroyo Seco Foundation, which operates Hahamongna Native Plant Nursery on the grounds of the park.

The October 10th Arroyo Seco Quarterly meeting will also feature a presentation by Jamahl Butler, the new District Ranger of the Gateway District of the Angeles National Forest, in which the Arroyo sits. He will report on changes in the structure and operations of the Angeles National Forest and how they will affect the Arroyo Seco.

Attorney Mitchell Tsai, who has represented the Arroyo Seco Foundation and the Pasadena Audubon, in their lawsuit challenging the LA County Flood Control District's Devil's Gate Dam Sediment Removal Program, will present an update on the disposition of the lawsuit and the status of the Flood Control District's Big Dig program for the Hahamongna Basin.

The public is welcome to attend. The meeting will begin promptly at 6:30 pm.

For more information please contact info@arroyoseco.or or call (323) 405-7326.

Arroyo Seco Quarterly Meeting

Wednesday, October 10, 6:30 pm

Donald Wright Auditorium,
Pasadena Central Library,
285 E. Walnut St., Pasadena

Arroyo Seco Foundation
570 W. Avenue 26 #450
Los Angeles, CA 90065
PO Box 91622
Pasadena, CA 91109-1622
(323) 405-7326