No Big Dig! The Lawsuit to Save Hahamongna

Lawsuit Update — June 2015

December 8, 2015 has been set as the tentative date for the court hearing on the lawsuit regarding LA County Flood Control District's program to excavate 2.4 million cubic yards of sediment from behind Devil's Gate Dam in Hahamongna Watershed Park and to truck it to distant landfills. LA Superior Court Judge Luis Lavin will consider the lawsuit, filed by the Arroyo Seco Foundation and Pasadena Audubon Society last December to challenge the enormous impacts of the County's program on Hahamongna and the surrounding neighborhoods including west Pasadena.

While attorneys Mitchell Tsai and Christina Caro are preparing the challenge of the environmental impact report, they are also aggressively pursuing issues related to several regulatory permits that the Flood Control District must obtain before they can begin their massive sediment trucking operation, which, as planned, would involve more than 425,000 truckloads over a three year period. The regulatory agencies involved, include the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Regional Water Quality Control Board and California Department of Fish and Wildlife, all have the responsibility to protect natural resources, so each can require additional environmental studies and mitigation measures to determine the least damaging practical alternative. These permits could be as important as the lawsuit itself in reducing the negative impacts of the Flood Control District's program and establishing a more sustainable approach to flood and stream management in the Arroyo Seco.

We will keep you informed with regular updates.

No Big Dig Campaign Completes Sending Out Perks

We have now completed sending out all the perks for the Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign that we did several months ago to raise funds for the lawsuit. These premiums included notecards, artistic prints, tshirts, dvds, and other goodies for the more than 200 donors who gave a total of $33,976. If you have not received a perk for your contribution, please let us know so that we can reward you right away.

Pasadena Audubon and the Arroyo Seco Foundation are very grateful for the tremendous community support for the No Big Dig campaign.

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