News of the Arroyo

An achive of news stories about and related to life in the Arroyo Seco.

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The real reason Tujunga and Arroyo Seco missed monument status: Larry WilsonDecember 12, 2014 - Larry Wilson ponders the mystery why the Arroyo Seco and some of the Angeles National Forest were left out of the new San Gabriel Mountains Monument. - -
Here's How Much the Storm Is Helping California's Epic DroughtDecember 11, 2014 — Some experts are worried that the rain will make people forget about the fact that California's still in a drought. "Thursday it'll rain, and people will say, 'Oh, I'm very excited,' and Saturday it'll rain, and 'Oh, drought’s over.' Not even close," Jeffrey Mount, a senior fellow with Public Policy Institute of California focused on water, told KQED.
San Gabriel Mountains National Monument designation has added new managers, funding to Angeles ForestDecember 10, 2014 - Officials speaking at a San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments meeting at the San Gabriel Hilton said the presidential visit and signing has awakened the U.S. Department of Agriculture, particularly the arm that manages the Angeles National Forest, the U.S. Forest Service, of the need for more resources in an area described as L.A.’s backyard.
San Gabriel Mountains National Monument designation has added new managers, funding to Angeles ForestDecember 10, 2014 - Officials speaking at a San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments meeting at the San Gabriel Hilton said the presidential visit and signing has awakened the U.S. Department of Agriculture, particularly the arm that manages the Angeles National Forest, the U.S. Forest Service, of the need for more resources in an area described as L.A.’s backyard.
LA Rain Catch Basin Clearing Causes Stir with ActivistsDecember 10, 2014 - The Los Angeles County Flood Control District has begun making room for rain water and mud in local catch basins ahead of another major storm that is due in the area Thursday. -
Environmentalists to sue county over Devil's Gate Dam sedimentDecember 9, 2014 - Environmental groups are planning to file a lawsuit against Los Angeles County on Wednesday over its plans to remove sediment behind the Devil’s Gate Dam in Pasadena.
Arroyo ChampionsDecember 8, 2014 - The Council of Arroyo Seco Organizations presents the 2014 Arroyo Verde Awards honoring “outstanding dedication” to “protecting and improving the Arroyo Seco during the past year.”
Los Angeles, City of WaterDecember 6, 2014 - Recently Los Angeles has reduced its reliance on outside sources of water to become a leader in sustainable water management, a pioneer in big-city use of cost-effective, environmentally beneficial water conservation, collection and reuse technologies.
Wrong call on hauling Devil’s Gate detritus: EditorialNovember 19, 2014 — We’re loath to go along with most threats of legal action after an elected body has made its decision, right or wrong. In this case, the county’s plan is so contrary to reason, so expensive, so ruinous to neighborhood tranquility for so many neighbors for a period of years, that we say: “See you in court!” -
Depleting the WaterNovember 16, 2014 — It's been said that the wars of the 21st century may well be fought over water. The Earth's population has more than doubled over the last 50 years and the demand for fresh water — to drink and to grow food — has surged along with it. But sources of water like rainfall, rivers, streams, reservoirs, certainly haven't doubled. So where is all that extra water coming from? More and more, it's being pumped out of the ground. -
New dust-busting method ends L.A.'s longtime feud with Owens ValleyNovember 11, 2014 - LA officials announce a historict agreement to reduce the dust from the Owens Dry Lake, while reducing this use of massive amounts of water for dust control. - -
They stopped watering paradise, and forgot about the trees: Larry WilsonNovember 14, 2014 - Emily Green laments the effects of the drought and of poor irrigation of trees particularly during this drought. - -
L.A. County supervisors OK debris clearance for Devil's Gate DamNovember 13, 2014 - County Supervisors approve the Flood Control District's sediment trucking plan for Hahamogna Watershed Park by a 4-1 vote despite strong opposition.
Final environmental report approved for Devil’s Gate Reservoir Sediment Removal ProjectNovember 13, 2014 - The LA County Board of Supervisors approved the Flood Control Districts devastating plan to scrape 2.4 million cubic yards of sand and sediment out of the the Devil's Gate Basin in Hahamongna Watershed Park.
San Francisco Is Painting the Streets with Historical CreeksNovember 12, 2014 - What a great project in San Francisco to revive the memory of forgotten streams and creeks that have been turned into pipes or culverts. Artists will paint their course during a street festival next Spring. They call the project "Ghost Arroyos."
Controversy lingers on Devil's GateNovember 12, 2014 - The Sun recaps the last dog and pony show put on by LA County on their plan to clean out the Devil's Gate Dam basin in Hahamongna Watershed Park.
Pasadena History: National Monument notion for San Gabriels an old oneNovember 9, 2014 - The concept of a national monument for the San Gabriel Mountains has roots in Pasadena history fro more than one hundred years ago.
Ground water depletion driving global conflicts - NASA scientistNovember 7, 2014 - The role in groundwater disputes as a spark for international conflict is analyzed in this report from the Thomson Reuters Foundation prepared by NASA scientist Jay Familghetti. -
Groups huddle on response to Devil's Gate Dam projectNovember 6, 2014 - City and school officials are racing against time to ensure their concerns about L.A. County Public Works Department’s plan to remove 2.4 million cubic yards of sediment from Devil’s Gate Dam are heard and recorded before an anticipated Nov. 12 vote on the project.
Salinas River test project deemed successNovember 6, 2014 - The Arroyo Seco in Monterey County, our sister river, was also once a steelhead river. Now new efforts are being made to improve habitat and conditions on the connecting links to the Arroyo Seco. -
Practical local park politics on the day after the mid-terms: Larry WilsonNovember 4, 2014 - Larry Wilson opines on bathrooms in parks, particularly in the new Desiderio Park under the Colorado Street Bridge.
Letter: There's a plan ready for Devil's GateOctober 30, 2014 — Last May the Pasadena City Council unanimously approved a plan of 1.7 mcy by the Sediment Working Group that proposes an agreement with the county to achieve and maintain a capacity in the Hahamongna basin for 2.5 mcy of sediment with no more than 220,000 cy removed per year, except after large storm events. This would ensure flood protection while minimizing impacts.
Editorial Obama didn't go far enough: The San Gabriel Mountains need more protectionsOctober 29 2014 - The Times editorializes "Obama didn't go far enough in declaring monument status for only portions of the San Gabriels." - - -
Searching for clues in case of missing San Gabriels National Monument: Larry WilsonOctober 28, 2014 - Larry Wilson probes the mystery of why some of the best and most historic sections were left out of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument when it was proclaimed by President Obama on October 10.
Friends of Hahamongna Urges Pasadena Council to Defend HahamongnaOctober 28, 2014 - Friends of Hahamongna went to the Pasadena City Council meeting last night to urge the Council to fight for its recommendations for sediment management in Hahamongna Watershed Park. -
Why a chunk of the San Gabriel Mountains was left out of the national monumentOctober 24, 2014 — More rationalizations from the US Forest Service further tarnish the "geography of hope" promised by President Obama when he established the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument recently.
LCF gets the dirt on Devil's Gate Dam projectOctober 22, 2014 — In a presentation at the La Cañada Flintridge City Council's regular meeting, officials from the County Department of Public Works explained elements of the project's final Environmental Impact Report, which will be presented for approval to the L.A. County Board of Supervisors on Nov. 12.
Western San Gabriels get a monumental shaft: EditorialOctober 22, 2014 — Much to the apparent surprise of Chu’s office, and nonprofit groups that were instrumental to the monument effort, a day before the monument status was declared, the Forest Service released a map of the monument boundaries that excludes literally all of the San Gabriels visible from Pasadena.
Size of Devil’s Gate Reservoir Sediment Removal Project reducedOctober 20, 2014 — The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works plans to remove 2.4 million cubic yards of sediment from behind the Devil’s Gate Dam over the next several years, according to the final environmental impact report (EIR) for the project released Monday.
Water Wars: Los Angeles Mayor Mandating Major Cutbacks in Water UseOctober 15, 2014 - Mayor Garcetti is pushing for major cutbacks in water use from residents, businesses and governmental agencies.
Altadena-based group has its eye on wildlife-rich Cottonwood CanyonOctober 7, 2014 - The Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy is working to purchase 11-acre Cottonwood Canyon for $1.3 million
Water district votes to support measureOctober 1, 2014 - Foothill Municipal Water District states its support for Proposition 1, the water bond on the November ballot.
Polystyrene - When Will Pasadena Pass an Ordinance to Ban It?October 1, 2014 - Environmental Advisory Commission member Morey Wolfson urges public support for prompt action to set a styrofoam ban in Pasadnea.
Bring your own: California bans single-use plastic bagsSeptember 30, 2014 - California has now banned the use of single-use plastic bags effective July of next year, the first state to do so.
City Officials Continue to Seek Funds for Bike Trail in ArroyoSeptember 5, 2014 - South Pasadena continues to press ahead on building their portion of the Arroyo Seco bikeway.
L.A. County supervisors want to know San Gabriel Mountains National Monument proposal’s impactSeptember 3, 2014 - The County Supervisors wonder what it would mean if the San Gabriel Mountains are declared a National Monument as advocated by Congresswoman Judy Chu.
La Cañada History: Foothill Freeway bridge opens after delay caused by collapseSeptember 3, 2014 - The 210 Freeway spanning the Arroyo Seco just south of Devil's Gate Dam in Hahamongna Watershed Park opened 40 years ago. -
Will Obama create San Gabriels national monument?August 31, 2014 - Congresswoman Judy Chu and other local leaders are calling for the designation of the San Gabriel Mountains as a National Monument by President Obama. Don Bremner explains the background.
Drought-Stricken California Makes Historic Move To Regulate Underground Water For The First TimeAugust 30, 2014 — At least one in four Californians get their water from underground aquifers, and up until now, use of this water has been totally unregulated, with disputes about overuse settled in court. California is one of the few where it’s “pump as you please” with groundwater. That is about to change.
Arroyo Seco homeless encampment clean up to extend into next weekAugust 29, 2014 — L.A. sanitation officials say they're working on a major clean-up effort along the dry Arroyo Seco riverbed in South Pasadena, where a number of homeless encampments have sprung up in recent years, some with their own kitchens and bathroom structures.
Next huge Los Angeles restoration: The Arroyo Seco watershed? August 29, 2014 — Could the Arroyo Seco watershed be restored? For now, renewal is planned for where the Arroyo and LA River converge as part of the billion-dollar restoration plan for the LA River.
These 9 before and after photos show the impact of California’s droughtAugust 25, 2014 — In these before-and-after images, full water levels are visible around Lake Oroville in Oroville, California and Folsom Lake in El Folsom, California on July 20, 2011 and low water levels are visible on August 19, 2014.
County to remove sediment from Devil’s Gate Dam as interim measureAugust 22, 2014 - While the public anxiously awaits LA County's Big Dig Plan for sediment accumulated behind Devil's Gate Dam in Hahamngna Watershed Parks, the County announces small-scale sediment removal plan for October.
In good news about L.A. River, what about Arroyo Seco?: Guest commentaryAugust 20, 2014 - There's good news and even better news for Arroyo lovers about the US Army Corps of Engineer's Arroyo Seco restoration study. Tim Brick evokes President Roosevelt's views on the unique qualities of the Arroyo Seco. -
L.A. takes gentle approach to conserving water during droughtAugust 18, 2014 — For all the tough talk about cracking down on water wasters, Los Angeles and other California cities are choosing gentle coaxing over costly fines. Los Angeles officials announced Monday that they are beefing up their water-wasting patrols but will keep their policy of educating and warning violators rather than fining them.
California to vote on scaled-down $7.5-billion water bond in NovemberAugust 13, 2014 — After months of political haggling, a ballot measure that will ask voters in November to approve $7.5 billion in borrowing for water projects sailed through the Legislature on Wednesday.
California lawmakers reach deal on bondAugust 13, 2014 — Removing the final obstacle to placing a new water bond before California voters on Nov. 4, Senate Republicans announced Wednesday afternoon they had struck a deal with Gov. Jerry Brown and Democrats to approve a $7.5 billion borrowing measure.
Can technology help us survive California's drought?August 11, 2014 — Forbes examines what the role of new technology will be in helping California survive and thrive during droughts.
California's severe drought unchanged despite record thunderstormsAugust 7, 2014 — A series of thunderstorms that have hit California in recent weeks may have delivered devastating torrents of rain in some areas, but on the whole they were "inconsequential" in terms of easing the state's worsening drought, according to a report issued Thursday.
Brown outlines $6 billion water bondAugust 5, 2014 — Gov. Brown on Tuesday unveiled the outline of a $6 billion alternative “no-frills” water bond for the November ballot, a sharply scaled back plan that is fully $5 billion less than the existing bond now facing voters.
Setting rivers free: As dams are torn down, nature is quickly recoveringAugust 3, 2014 - An exciting report on dam removal nationwide is found in the Christian Science Monitor. - -
Brookside Golf Club continues efforts to cut water useAugust 2, 2014 - The Star-News analyzes how Brookside Golf Course is responding to California's severe drought.
Historic La Casita del Arroyo reopens to publicAugust 1, 2014 - La Casita, that delightful meeting spot on the banks of the Arroyo, has been refurbished and is now open again. -
Southern California Steelhead Story Reveals Tensions Between Man and NatureJuly 31, 2014 - Caren Jao reviews John Tomlinson's new booklet on the Southern California steelhead. -
Dam removals: Rivers on the runJuly 30, 2014 — The revival of Trout Creek is part of a growing trend in the United States. About half of the nation's roughly 85,000 known dams no longer serve their intended purposes, and an increasing number are being removed.
An overview of California’s ongoing and extraordinary drought: a tale of exceptional dryness and record warmthJuly 20, 2014 - A narrative breakdown of the weather patterns and events that created our current drought.
The Conversation: Water conservation efforts aren’t taking hold, but there are encouraging signsJuly 15, 2014 - Jay Ziegler, policy director of the Nature Conservancy, discusses recent conservation efforts, the drought and the prospects for a water bond this year.
California Tracks Water-Well Drilling but Doesn’t Share the DataJuly 10, 2014 - What's the big secret? Who knows how deep the well-diggers are going and mining our groundwater. It's supposed to be a public resource, but the public isn't allowed to know.
L.A. leaders focusing on groundwater treatment in bond discussionsJuly 8, 2014 - Los Angeles leaders are focused on preserving groundwater treatment funds in bond discussions
California water bond: The burning questionsJuly 6, 2014 - Here's the latest on the water bond on the November 2014 ballot.
A dry state in the WestJuly 2014 - Physics Today features an article that examines the causes of California's extraordinary drought featuring Bill Patzert and other luminaries.
Lewis MacAdams on Army Corps’ LA River Revitalization Alternative 20June 30, 2014 - The Planning Report carries an interview with Lewis MacAdams of Friends of the Los Angeles River on the significance of the selection of Alternative 20 for the future of the LA River.
Sierra Madre considering stricter measures in face of continued California droughtJune 26, 2014 - Water use restrictions in Sierra Madre get tied up in the controversy over development of the Mater Dolorosa Retreat House site in Sierra Madre. Will Sierra Madre move to mandatory restrictions or impose a building moratorium?
UCLA experts say L.A. should change water pricing structure to improve conservationJune 26, 2014 - Researchers at the California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA have a series of recommendations on water conservation to help our region get through the drought.
California lawmakers should not procrastinate on water plan June 25, 2014 - George Skelton warms Sacramento legislators that they better get busy compromising to develop a plan to meet California's future needs.
Outreach: Unearthing The North Branch of the Arroyo Seco with Jane TsongJune 23, 2014 — Jane Tsong is an environmental artist and designer who is interested in how gardens and green spaces can be locations where local cultural history is archived and celebrated. She visited the students at LFCSA to discuss the North Branch, a tributary of the Arroyo Seco, that is currently hidden underground. Students learned about the natural history of the creek, its relationship to the development of Sycamore Grove, and how it was moved underground.
Water war bubbling up between California and ArizonaJune 20, 2014 - Michael Hiltzik does a great job of summarizing the Colorado River quandary and its importance to California and Arizona.
California's drought getting even worse, experts sayJune 19, 2014 — Almost 33% of the state faces exceptional conditions. About 25% of the state faced those conditions last week. Every part of California remains in what is considered severe drought.
The Untapped Potential of California’s Water SupplyJune 10, 2014 - There's enormous potential in water efficiency, stormwater capture and reuse to help California resolve its water challenges acccording to an impressive analysis developed by the Pacific Institute and the Natural Resources Defense Council. - - - - -
U.S. farmers making hay with alfalfa exports to ChinaJune 8, 2014 - Guess where all that alfalfa that they're growing in the Imperial Valley is going?
Pasadena Council to discuss forming 710 Freeway task forceJune 3, 2014 - Pasadena Councilman Terry Tornek calls for a citizens committee on the Long Beach Freeway, citing the success of the Devil's Gate Sediment Working Group regarding Hahamongna Watershed Park.
Army Corps to recommend $1-billion L.A. River project May 28, 2014 — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it has decided to recommend approval of an ambitious, $1-billion proposal to restore habitat, widen the river, create wetlands and provide access points and bike trails along an 11-mile stretch north of downtown through Elysian Park.
The Unsung Heroes of the Colorado River Delta Pulse FlowMay 28, 2014 - Water from the Colorado River reaches the delta in Mexico after many years.
Panel rejects plea to save Riverside Drive bridgeMay 28, 2014 - LA Board of Public Works Commissioners reject pleas to save the old Riverside Drive Bridge near the confluence of the Arroyo with the Los Angeles River.
Endangered steelhead trout seen in Malibu Lagoon after decades absenceMay 27, 2014 - A 20-inch long adult steelhead trout has been spotted in Malibu Lagoon for the first time in decades indicating that restoration efforts there may be paying off.
New Exhibit Explores the Story of Steelhead Trout in Southern CaliforniaMay 27, 2014 - A new exhibit at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach documents the history of Steelhead Trout in our region. The Arroyo and Tujunga Wash were the main Steelhead sites in the LA River system.
Big plans, and concerns, surround L.A. River's revitalizationMay 24, 2014 - LA River: How to strike the balance between community needs and economic revitalization. "Rents are rising sharply in L.A. River-adjacent communities. The plan is to restore the L.A. River and open it to new recreational opportunities."
Station Fire Closure to Expire, Strawberry Peak Loop OpensMay 24, 2014 - CORBA, the voice of off-road bicyclists, provides the update on trail work and closures in the Arroyo Seco and the Angeles National Forest. Note the continued closure of the Arroyo Seco/Gabrielino Trail from Paul Little Campground to Bear Canyon below Schwitzer's Camp. We salute CORBA and the Sierra Club work group who have repaired the Strawberry Peak trail.
Life-Giving Deltas Starved by DamsMay 23, 2014 - Bosshard describes the impacts of dam-building and sediment deprivation on the planet's largest rivers. "At a time when coastal areas are already battered by climate change, life-giving deltas are being sacrificed to dam building."
New plan on Devil’s Gate should be adopted: EditorialMay 21, 2014 - The San Gabriel Valley lauds the work of the Sediment Working Group, whose recommendations have been adopted by the City of Pasadena for the management of Devil's Gate Dam in Hahamongna Watershed Park.
Time to revisit economics of dam removalMay 11, 2014 - A recent computer model study indicates that some California dams could be removed with small reductions in water supply and hydropower generation and considerable gains in habitat for Chinook salmon and other native fish.
Searching for elusive steelhead trout in the Los Angeles RiverMay 17, 2014 - A scientist searches for the Southern California steelhead at the mouth of the Los Angeles River. The steelhead are cousins of the rainbow trout, which we believe are still found in the upper Arroyo Seco. Steelhead spend most of the lives in the ocean and return to the mountains to spawn, but dams and degraded rivers now prevent that.
Rip out your lawn, get paid double, says drought-minded Metropolitan Water DistrictMay 14, 2014 - The incentive for removing turf from your year and for rain barrels and high-efficiency toilets will soon be doubled by Metropolitan Water District in respeonse to the current severe drought.
Pasadena Council approves Devil’s Gate Dam sediment removal recommendationsMay 12, 2014 - Pasadena has taken a strong stand, telling LA County Flood Control District that it will insist on a sediment management program for Hahamongna Watershed Park that will emphasize reduced impacts and sustainability.
5 Dramatic Ways California Is Tackling DroughtMay 6, 2014 - California's current drought is not the state's driest spell on record in terms of total precipitation. If the state feels this drought as a particularly severe one, says Peter Gleick, the blame may fall partly on humans.
Supreme Court finds Los Angeles County liable for stormwater pollutionMay 5, 2014 - The US Supreme Court refuses to hear LA County's appeal of a judicial determination that it is responsible for cleaning up local waterways from polluted stormwater runoff.
Supreme Court Ruling in Favor of Clean Water for LAMay 5, 2014 - The U.S. Supreme Court has turned down the appeal from LA County and the LA County Flood Control District to review the decision of the Nineth Circuit Court of Appeals holding LA County liable for untreated stormwater pollution in local waterways.
Patagonia's new line of activism is documentary 'DamNation' 'May 1, 2014 - The firm Patagonia is backing a hard-hitting documentary about America's deadbeat dams.
Most of California Groundwater Tables at All-time Lows, State Report SaysMay 1, 2014 - In a historic drought and with little river water being delivered in canals, Californians are taxing their groundwater reserves like never before, according to a state assessment released Wednesday.
A cheat sheet on the California droughtApril 24, 2014 - Here’s a primer to keep the water-cooler conversation flowing when the subject turns to the California drought. Just how dry are we?
Creating Enhanced WatershedApril 24, 2014 - Los Angeles rolled out the new plan for cleaning up the watersheds and waters of our region at the April 10th Enhanced Watershed Management Plan Workshop held at the LA Zoo.
Mobile classroom rolls out to teach students about L.A. RiverApril 13, 2014 - Friends of the LA River have unveiled a mobile classroom to educate Angelenos about the Los Angeles River. Note Sahagun's description of the Arroyo Seco in the first paragraph: "a big, desolate flood-control channel strewn with trash and hemmed by freeways, power lines and railroad yards."
The Dammed Past of Devil’s GateMarch 19, 2014 - A look back at the history of Devil's Gate Dam in Hahamongna Watershed Park. -
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.
Rim of the Valley: Congressman Adam Schiff Agrees Connecting Urban Residents to Parks Must Be a PriorityFebruary 6, 2014 - Plans for the Rim of the Valley open space proposal from the National Park Service were the topic of discussion at a packed town hall forum recently. -
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.
Rim of the Valley national park proposal draws reactionJanuary 23, 2014 - Congressman Schiff states that it will be an uphill battle to win a new National Recreation Area designation for 400,000 acres in our region.
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.
The Weekly Q & A: Tim Brick on Devil's Gate DamDecember 10, 2013 - The Arroyo Seco Foundation managing director talks about the Devil's Gate Dam controversy -
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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