News of the Arroyo

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LCF Council receives Devil's Gate Dam updatesMarch 19, 2014 - County officials tried to scare local residents and the La Canada City Council with flood threats again Monday night. The truth is: a few residents downstream of Devil's Gate Dam will be subject to floods whether or not sediment is removed from the dam until the County does something to improve flood management along their deficient flood channel.
Federal appeals court upholds delta smelt protectionsMarch 13, 2014 - Pumping restrictions to protect the endangered Delta smelt and other species are appropriate, a federal appeals court has ruled, overturning a previous decision by federal Judge Oliver Wanger.
Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Grant to Fund Bike Path in CityMarch 12, 2014 — Assemblymember Chris Holden, a member of the Governing Board of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, announced on Thursday that the City of South Pasadena has been awarded a $410,000 grant from the SMMC to help fund the Arroyo Seco Bike Trail.
The Devil’s in the DetailsMarch 10, 2014 - Pasadena Magazine asks: "Everyone agrees that sediment behind the Devil’s Gate Dam must be removed to prevent flooding. But does stunning wetland habitat really need to be destroyed to make that happen?"
Secretary Jewell, Mayor Garcetti Announce Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership to Connect LA Youth to Great Outdoors March 10, 2014 - In a mid-afternoon ceremony at the LA State Historic Park (Cornfields), Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewel and Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that LA has been selected as a pilot city to connect urban youth with the great outdoors.
Los Angeles Council approves water wheel on L.A. RiverMarch 5, 2014 — The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday gave its approval to build a 70-foot steel water wheel in the Los Angeles River north of downtown as both an art project and practical way to hydrate the area.
For visitors to Pasadena, Calif., 5 great free things, from farmers markets to flea marketsFebruary 28, 2014 — Street-side viewing of the nationally televised annual New Year's Day Rose Parade isn't the only free thing to attract visitors to Pasadena, Calif., a mere 17 kilometres northeast of downtown Los Angeles.
Crescenta Valley Water District offers rebates for water-saving effortsFebruary 27, 2014 — It's part of an annual rebate program that comps CVWD customers $1 per square foot, up to 800 square feet, to replace turf with drought-tolerant and California native plants. This is on top of a $1 per-square-foot rebate being offered through the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) of Southern California, which has no cap.
Los Angeles City Council Unanimously Confirms Marcie Edwards as LADWP General ManagerFebruary 21, 2014 — Marcie Edwards will be the first woman to run the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power.
When Los Angeles Abandoned its Mountain FrontierFebruary 20, 2014 — The perilous escape from Mount Lowe that night was part of a gradual abandonment of extraordinary recreational and commercial ventures that had sprung up in the mountains of Los Angeles since the 1880s. The zealous spirit that had initially inspired these exploits and fostered them for nearly five decades was rooted in the tantalizing national myth of the vanishing frontier.
Security Issues Hamper Public Opening of Ed P. Reyes River GreenwayFebruary 19, 2014 — Despite rumors that have alleged this project's unavailability to the public might be fallout from political rivalry between Council District 1 councilmember Gil Cedillo and his predecessor Ed Reyes, Deborah Deets from the Bureau of Sanitation's (BOS) Watershed Protection Division adamantly says this isn't true. Deets says the reason the greenway hasn't been open is because of a security issue.
Jay Famiglietti's mission: to rescue us from our bad water habitsFebruary 19, 2014 — Patt Morrison asks Jay Famiglietti about the future of water in California.
Water war boils down to farmers vs. fishermenFebruary 19, 2014 — George Skelton of the LA Times talks sense about the realities of a drought and the characterization of California's water wars as a fight between farmers and fish.
California Drought: Database shows big difference between water guzzlers and sippersFebruary 10, 2014 — The historic drought is making average residents think twice every time they turn on the tap, despite the weekend rain. But there is nothing average about the way Californians consume water: A little-known state database that measures water use in every community shows huge -- sometimes shocking -- differences between California's water sippers and guzzlers.
They're Getting It Right "Down Under" and the U.S. Should Follow Their LeadFebruary 7, 2014 — Lisa Novick talks about finding native plants at Australian big box nurseries and the country's embrace of its native landscapes.
Pasadena Establishes Sediment Working GroupFebruary 6, 2014 - Here is Pasadena Public Works Director Siobhan Foster's memorandum to Pasadena City Manager Michael Beck establishing the sediment working group that will develop Pasadena's position on the County's sediment trucking program in Hahamongna Watershed Park.
Epic California Drought and Groundwater: Where Do We Go From Here?February 4, 2014 — UC Irvine professor Jay Familighetti presents some alarming analysis of groundwater levels in California based on satellite observation.
California drought prompts first-ever 'zero water allocation'January 31, 2014 — Officials Friday said that for the first time ever, the State Water Project that helps supply a majority of Californians may be unable to make any deliveries except to maintain public health and safety. They also said they were cutting releases from large reservoirs in the northern part of the state to preserve supplies in the face of what could be the worst drought in modern California history.
Parched: California's drought woes worsenJanuary 30, 2014 — Nearly 9 percent of California is experiencing "exceptional drought," officials reported Thursday, the first time since the measure has been kept that conditions have reached the highest level of alarm.
Guest Column: The forest recovers from the ground upJanuary 29, 2014 — Reg Green recounts the recovery of habitat and life post-Station Fire in the Arroyo Seco.
Peering into the Chasm: January 27, 2014 — The quickest way to lose Los Angeles is to slip into the canyons of the San Gabriel Mountains like the Arroyo Seco, and resorts in the early 20th century capitalized on that.
Microbeads a major problem in L.A. RiverJanuary 25, 2014 — A scientist walks down the ramp at the confluence of the Arroyo Seco and the Los Angeles River and discovers the presence of small plastic beads that are not biodegradable in substantiall quanties in the river.
Victorian Los Angeles by the Arroyo SecoJanuary 23, 2014 — Squeezed between the glassy skyscrapers of Bunker Hill and the sleek modernist homes atop Hollywood Hills are blips of Los Angeles's pueblo and Victorian past, for those with eagle eyes. One of these spots lie along the Arroyo Seco just before it merges with the Los Angeles River.
More Cities Bring Buried Streams Back To LifeJanuary 21, 2014 — "New urban waterways are making a come back. Cincinnati is following the lead of Seattle, Kalamazoo, Mich., and other cities by bringing back a buried stream that has been underground for a century. Uncovering these streams have environmental and economic benefits."
Drought offers an opportunity to consider water policyJanuary 20, 2014 - George Skelton proposes some water reforms as the proper response to California's drought.
A smarter way to attack L.A.'s sediment problemJanuary 17, 2014 - Christle Balvin advocates a slow, ongoing program and a County task force on sediment as the smarter way to address LA County's massive sediment issue.
As California Burns, Hot Dry Weather Predicted For Entirety of "Winter"January 16, 2014 — With 2013 already on record as the driest year in recorded California history, the exact last thing we need is another winter without rain and snow. But that's what 2014 is forecast to be, at least through the crucial January-May rainy season.
Colorado River Drought Forces a Painful Reckoning for StatesJanuary 6, 2014 - The New York Times features an ominous look at future supplies and reliability from the Colorado River.
Behind the battle to preserve LA's historic Lummis HomeJanuary 2, 2014 - How to save the Lummis Home? That's the question that Los Angeles and Arroyo Lovers are asking about El Alisal, the wonderful home of pioneer Charles Lummis on the banks of the Arroyo at Avenue 43.
City officials and local residents join forces against sediment removal plans for Devil’s Gate DamJanuary 2, 2014 - Local officials and residents are voicing strong objections to key elements of a Los Angeles County plan to remove massive quantities of sediment from behind Devil's Gate Dam in Hahamongna Watershed Park.
California drought deepens as another year's rains stay awayDecember 29, 2013 - California is dry, dry, dry. In the middle of winter, only scattered showers have blessed the parched state with much-needed rainfall.
Highland Park’s historic Lummis Home looking for a new tenantDecember 17, 2013 - El Alisal, the historic home of Charles Lummis, needs a new tenant. Los Angeles Recreation and Parks has put out a request for proposals seeking a non-profit to manage and operate the site on the banks of the Arroyo at Avenue 43.
Pasadena Officials Express Concern Over Devil's Gate ProposalDecember 17, 2013 - The Pasadena City Council took a tough stance last night in responding to LA County's Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Devil's Gate Sediment Removal and Management Program in Hahamongna Watershed park.
Plan for Revitalized Southwest Museum to Anchor Cultural-Economic DevelopmentDecember 11, 2013 -- The Coalition today released a viable plan to preserve, modernize and expand the Southwest Museum, to make it a fully-functioning museum - and make it the anchor and engine for the cultural and economic development of the vibrant, multi-ethnic Arroyo Seco communities of Mt. Washington, Sycamore Terrace, Highland Park and Montecito Heights.
Letter: Sediment removal project too largeDecember 11, 2013 - Mary Barrie writes a letter to the La Canada Valley Sun expressing her concerns about the County's sediment removal program for Hahamongna.
Devil's Gate Dam sediment project isn't settling well for residentsDecember 4, 2013 - Local residents came to the La Cañada Flintridge City Council study session on the County's sediment program in Hahamongna Watershed Park and raised major concerns.
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