November 8, 2017 — The LA County Board of Supervisors by a unanimous vote yesterday substanially modified and reduced the Flood Control District's Big Dig program for Hahamongna Watershed Park.
Besides reducing the size and negative impacts of the program, there were additional commitments made to support ecosystem restoration and water conservation in the Arroyo Seco. The vote represents a significant step forward toward Saving Hahamongna.
On Tuesday, November 7th the County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on Hahamongna and the County Flood Control District's devastating program to remove 2.4 million cubic years of soil and habitat from the basin. The Flood Control District has made some very minor concessions in the program, but the worst parts are still there: 1) its too big; 2) too fast; and 3) too destructive to habitat, our air quality, traffic and neighborhoods.
We hope the Supervisors will exercise their good judgment and environmental commitment by significantly modify the Flood Control District's antiquainted and devastating approach. The Board of Supervisors must act to certify that the entire EIR is in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), but the plan is still woefully deficient.
This is the time for those who care about Hahamongna to speak with a loud voice telling the Supervisors to Save Hahamongna and ensure that the sediment removal program is reshaped along more sustainable lines.
The answer, of course, is Yes! While there are numerous barriers and problems, the conditions in many parts of the Arroyo watershed are excellent for native fish including Rainbow Trout and Steelhead.
Our July meeting at the Pasadena Public Library generated a lot of interest and discussion about native fish. The Pasadena Star-News featured a great article and KPCC hosted an interview with Tim Brick on native fish.
Fall is a dynamic time for a nursery. The acorns are falling and many native plants are full of seeds. Seeds for the future. We got past the long hot summer and are now preparing next years selection of locally-generated native plans for restoration programs and conservation-oriented landscaping.
For information call the nursery number at (626) 657-0392 to leave a message or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A new advisory committee has been formed by Mayor Tornek and the City of Pasadena to develop a visionary plan for the future of the Arroyo Seco.
Judge James Chalfant has ordered a stay of all activity related to the County Flood Control District's massive sediment mining and trucking operation in Hahamongna Watershed Park. In a big victory of the Arroyo Seco Foundation and Pasadena Audubon, the judge ordered LA County to revise sections of the EIR dealing with air pollution, cumulative impacts from other projects and the amount of mitigation that must be completed.
December, 18, 2016 - Volunteers from Arroyo Seco Foundation and Hahamongna Nursery along with Linda Vista Library Associates transformed the library into a beautiful native plant garden.
An almost overwhelming array of restoration alternatives for the Arroyo Seco were presented at a November 15, 2016 workshop in Pasadena.
Now that Superior Court Judge has found County Flood's Environmental Impact Report for the sediment mining and trucking operation in Hahamongna grossly deficient, it's time for the new Board of Supervisors to take a fresh look at the County's devastating plan for the Arroyo Seco. Their program to send 400+ double-bedded, diesel-spewing trucks per day for the next five years to clog our streets and neighborhoods and permanently destroy our region's most important treasure just doesn't make sense, and the new board should show the leadership to mandate a long-term, sustainable sediment management plan that can protect Hahamongna and our neighborhoods from environmental destruction while providing sustainable flood protection.
The Canyon Project is an innovative program to improve water resources and environmental conditions in the Arroyo co-sponsored by the Arroyo Seco Foundation and Pasadena Water & Power Department. As the result of a legal challenge, the project is now undergoing further environmental review.More
By a mysterious process that no one will explain, the Arroyo Seco and the southwest corner of the Angeles National Forest were eliminated at the last minute when the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument was announced. It's a shame because many of the most treasured and historic sites in the San Gabriel Mountains are contained in the territory that was not included.
Congresswoman Judy Chu has now proposed legislation that would expand the boundaries of the national monument to include all of the treasures of the Angeles National Forest.