News of the Arroyo

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New ‘Open Rivers Fund’ to restore waterways, remove aging damsNovember 29, 2016 - The Hewlett Foundation and the Resources Legacy Fund have developed an 'Open Rivers Fund" to restore waterways and remove antiquated dams like Brown Canyon Dam in the Arroyo Seco.
In new plan for Arroyo Seco, a real river runs through it: Larry WilsonNovember 22, 2016 - Larry Wilson describes the new plans recently unveiled at a meet in Pasadena to restore the natural character of the Arroyo Seco stream and canyon.
Drought Fosters Water Alliance Between StatesNovember 11, 2016 - KQED reports that states in the Southwest are working together behind the scenes on ways to meet the long-term water supply challenges on the Colorado River by sharing water.
Op-Ed The delta tunnels — a project only engineers can love November 20, 2016 - Jacques Leslie rips into the diminishing justification for California Big Fix program for the Bay Delta. -
102 million dead California trees 'unprecedented in our modern history,' officials sayNovember 19, 2016 - The devastating impact of California's long drought has caused the death of more than 100 million trees. The majority of the dead trees are in the southern and central Sierra Nevada region.-
Exciting Alternatives for Arroyo RestorationNovember 18, 2016 - Here's a report on the November 15 meeting in which the Corps of Engineers presented alternatives for ecosystem restoration in the Arroyo Seco.
No Reprieve: Despite Last-Ditch Efforts, 3 South Lake Avenue Trees Cut Down as Dismayed Protesters Hold VigilNovember 6, 2016 - Despite protests, petitions and a legal filing, three venerable ficus trees on South Lake Avenue fell to the chain saws late on Saturday night.
Rose Bowl Looks at Adding Major Concert, International Soccer Match to 2017 ScheduleNovember 3, 2016 - Look for another major concernt and international soccer match in 2017 at the Rose Bowl. -
Creeping corporate naming in the Arroyo SecoNovember 1, 2016 - Pasadena Star-News considers corporate naming in the Arroyo Seco and believes "Pasadena City Hall needs to draw up more careful guidelines for naming public spaces." We couldn't agree more. -
Clock Ticks on Funding for Non-Potable Water PipelineOctober 26, 2016 - Pasadena Water & Power has been exploring issues and alternatives for the pipeline to bring in recycled water from Glendale, but their efforts haven't satisfied Arroyo residents like Nina Chomsky.
Pasadena stands ground: 3 mature ficus trees on South Lake Avenue must goOctober 25, 2016 - Three magnificient ficus trees on South Lake Avenue are condemned to the chain saws by Pasadena City Council approval of a legal settlement with a property owner who has been trying to get the trees removed for years. The trees will be replaced by the Ugly Duckling of the tree world, the Chinese pistache, which reportedly will have a great canopy in a few decades. -
'Scratch and Sniff'October 20, 2016 - The Spirit of the Sage Council and Project Soliton do their best to poke holes in the environmental clearance for the Arroyo Seco Canyon Project, but will the judge believe their wild charges? - - -
The removal of 3 trees on Pasadena’s Lake Avenue has these residents calling for protestsOctober 19, 2016 - Local residents are protesting the removal of three stately ficus trees in the commercial district on South Lake in Pasadena.
Newsletter Don't underestimate the L.A. RiverOctober 19, 2016 - The Times reposts a summary of its October 17 article on the new flood maps on the LA River.
Council Approves Rose Bowl Exercise Loop, With Corporate Sponsorship SignageOctober 19, 2016 - A recreation loop around a field in front of the Rose Bowl has been renamed by the Pasadena City Council the "Honda Community Recreation Loop." Two new signs recognizing corporate sponsorship will also be erected along the exercise loop.
New warnings about risk of major flooding on L.A. River amid new development, revitalizationOctober 17, 2016 - New flood maps have been issued along a critical stretch of the LA River.
WPRA joins other neighborhood associations voicing concerns about corporate naming of pubic space in the Arroyo SecoOctober 15, 2016 - Pasadena neighborhood association have issued a letter stating their concerns about the commercialization of the Arroyo.
A new garden at the Autry Museum offers a glimpse of the past and the future October 14, 2016 - A spectacular native plant garden, curated by Nick Hummingbird, has now opened at the Autry Museum for the American West.
Residents Concerned About Corporate Sponsorship, Signage in the ArroyoOctober 9, 2016 - Arroyo residents are raising concerns about possible corporate sponsorship and naming of open spaces in the Arroyo Seco.
It's Still FutbolSeptember 29, 2016 - The Pasadena City Council approved a plan for the Rose Bowl to host up to seven Olympic soccer games in 2024 if Los Angeles is named as the host city for that year's games.
City Wants Your Input About Proposed Park Signs for the Arroyo SecoSeptember 29, 2016 - Pasadena's Public Works staff has posted on online survey about signage in key parts of the Arroyo Seco; deadline: October 21st. -
Will the Klamath River Be Renewed? Owner Applies to Remove 4 of 5 DamsSeptember 27, 2016 - The campaign to restore the Klamath River in northern California could have valuable lessons for the Arroyo Seco. -
It's Not "The Big Dig," But Devil's Gate Dam Sediment Removal is UnderwaySeptember 18, 2016 - It's the annual cleanpup of small amounts of sediment at Devil's Gate Dam, but it raises questions of the Big Dig and the County's long-term negligence.
Mayor Terry Tornek Reflects on First Year in Office, Looks Ahead to Pasadena's Immediate Future in Wednesday SpeechSeptember 15, 2016 - Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek called for a "broad and deep discussion about the Arroyo" in a luncheon speech to the Rotary Club.
Unchoking wild Pasadena’s wildlife choke points: Larry WilsonSeptember 13, 2016 - Larry Wilson traces the wildlife corridor up the Arroyo Seco to Hahamongna and over to Tujunga Canyon and a new study by Arroyos and Foothills Conservancy to preserve wildlife movement through the corridor. -
Why some environmental activists say the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument plan is toothlessAugust 29, 2016 - The draft plan for the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument is out, and it's getting decidedly mixed reviews from some of the Monument's biggest supporters.
California Legislature Votes 71-0 to Name Portion of 210 Freeway in Honor of Hometown Hero Jackie RobinsonAugust 24, 2016 - A portion of the 210 Freeway running through the Arroyo Seco will be named after local legend Jackie Robinson.
SoCal hit with worst smog in years as hot, stagnant weather brings surge in hospital visitsAugust 11 - "This recent surge in smog is the latest indication that progress in the fight to clean ozone pollution is faltering following decades of improving air quality across Southern California."
Thousands of lives could be saved in California by stricter air pollution limits, study findsAugust 10, 2016 - After years of tightening air quality standards, Los Angeles and our region still leads the nation in annual deaths caused by smog and air pollution leading to 134 avoidable deaths each year.
Los Angeles area's air quality the deadliest in the nation, researchers sayAugust 10, 2016 - A new report from the American Thoracic Society documents that air quality n Southern California is the worst in the nation, leading to more than 1300 deaths per year just in the Los Angeles/Long Beach/Glendale area. - - -
NOAA and partners speed up restoration projects for protected fishAugust 3, 2016 - Federal agencies are accelerating the review and implementation of habitat restoration projects that benefit the Southern California Coast steelhead due to the severe drought conditions.
Clean up L.A. River once and for us allAugust 2, 2016 - Time to clean up the LA River for real editorializes the Pasadena Star-News.
Frank Gehry Calls L.A. River "Disgusting," Stresses Urgency of Development PlanAugust 2, 2016 - "The 'star-chitect' spoke Monday night at the Walt Disney Concert Hall" on his work to redevelop the Los Angeles River. -
Getting to the Source: Water Quality on the LA RiverAugust 2, 2016 - LA River Expeditions tries to make sense of reports on water quality in recreational areas along the main stem of the LA River.
National Parks May Be The Thing That Will Bring Us All TogetherJuly 28, 2016 - "Terry Tempest Williams believes if we can learn to listen to the land, we might learn to listen to each other." - -
County "Big Dig" Plan, Which Would Send Thousands of Truck Trips Rumbling Along Local Streets, Looms Large at Arroyo Seco MeetingJuly 21, 2016 - Eddie Rivera of Pasadena Now reports on the Arroyo Seco Foundation's meeting at the Central Pasadena Library on "What Does It Mean to Restore the Arroyo." LA County's sediment mining and trucking plan for Devil's Gate Dam was a major topic of discussion.
County officials and conservationists still at odds as sediment-removal plan at Devil's Gate Dam moves forwardJuly 21, 2016 - Dueling views of LA County Flood Control District's sediment program for Devil's Gate Dam were presented with a walkthough of the area sponsored by the Arroyo Seco Foundation followed by a community meeting in La Cañada sponsored by the Flood Control District.
How to Restore an Urban River?July 19, 2016 - The Nature Conservancy is taking a disappointing view of the type of restoration they hope for in the LA River. "Habitat enhancement," they call it, rather than "habitat restoration."
Pasadena City Council Set to Pass Styrofoam Ban, Consider Amending Arroyo Seco Ordinance TonightJuly 18, 2016 - The Pasadena City Council will vote to enact the styrofoam ban that ASF and many community activists have been advocating for the last several years.
In the Eye of the 'Big Dig' Storm, Arroyo Seco Foundation Meets WednesdayJuly 18, 2016 - The Arroyo Seco Foundation will respond to LA County Flood Control District's Big Dig program for Hahamongna Watershed Park and outline some important restoration program in the Arroyo Seco at its quarterly meeting Wednesday night at the Pasadena Central Library.
Devil's Gate Sediment Removal Project Meets with Skepticism at Wednesday Public MeetingJuly 14, 2016 - Here's the account of the first of LA County Flood Control District's community meetings to unveil their restoration program for the Big Dig excavation and trucking program for Hahamongna Waterhed Park. -
Devil in the DetailsJuly 14, 2016 - André Coleman outlines the issues at stake in the County's Big Dig program for Hahamongna Watershed Park.
Devil's Gate Reservoir "Big Dig" Sediment Removal Public Meetings Start, Activists Want AnswersJuly 12, 2016 - Brandon Villalovos of Pasadena Now reports on the news conference held by Pasadena Audubon on Devil's Gate Dam on July 8th. #NoBigDig
Why LA County wants to risk an endangered bird to clean Devil’s Gate DamJuly 12, 2016 - Although LA County Flood Control District basically ignored endangered species in their environmental impact report for the Devil's Gate Dam cleanup, they have now applied for an "incidental take permit" that would allow them to destroy vital habitat and actually kill the Least Bell's Vireo, a federally endangered species that is an important indicator of ecosystem health.
Neighborhood Spotlight: Mt. Washington keeps a rustic slant Downtown viewJuly 9, 2016 - The Times real estate section features Arroyo community Mount Washington for its rustic charm.
What To Grow In Your Forage GardenJuly 8, 2016 - There's a responsible way to cultivate natives plants and develop them for food and medicinal uses. Grow them in your yard from plants from Hahamongna Cooperative Nursery. Julia Wasson outlines the issues and the opportunities.
County Public Works Department Announces Series of Public Meetings About Devil's Gate Sediment Removal ProjectJuly 6, 2016 - LA County Department of Public Works has announced a series of information meetings to address public concerns about their sediment removal project at Devil's Gate Dam in Hahamongna Watershed Park.
Drought threatens 'genius' regs that stopped L.A. water grabJune 27, 2016 - Mono Lake in the Eastern Sierras and the program carefully crafted to save it are now in jeopardy due to California's long drought.
Go into your local garden store and ask: ‘Where are the native plants?’June 25, 2016 - Steve Scauzillo sings the praises of native plants and laments how hard they are to find at local nurseries and home improvement stores.
Update on regional projectsJune 23, 2016 - County Flood Control officials Chris Stone and Keith Lilley made a report to the La Cañada City Council regarding the implementation of their Big Dig sediment excavation program for the Devil's Gate Dam area in Hahamongna Watershed Park.
Forest Service Survey Finds Record 66 Million Dead Trees in Southern Sierra NevadaJune 22, 2016 - More than 26 million trees have died in the Southern Sierra Nevada region of California since October 2015.
What Lake Mead’s Record Low Means for CaliforniaJune 20, 2016 - The long-term impacts of the Southwest drought are becoming very apparent with the new low at the Lake Mead Reservoir on the Colorado River. -
A Magical PlaceJune 9, 2016 - Gary Cowles has dug up some amazing material on Busch Gardens, the early amusement part that lined the eastern slope of the Lower Arryo in Pasadena.
Search and Rescue Missions in Nearby Wilderness Areas SoarJune 8, 2016 - There has been a dramatic rise in the number of mountain rescues this year. Here's the story along with some tips for safe hiking. -
State Lifts Water Restrictions, But Pasadena Says Water Conservation is the New Way of LifeJune 1, 2016 - Conservation is the way of life in Pasadena despite the State Water Board easing restrictions recently.
Forage in the Garden, Not What's Left of the WildMay 31, 2016 - Wild foraging is one of the hottest new trends. People are eager to acquaint themselves with the soul of their local terroir. But there is a major problem in doing so that impacts wildlife.
Native, or Not So Much? May 25, 2016 - "Native plants transformed into flashy “nativars” may look pretty, but are they good for wildlife?"
Transition Pasadena aims to repair what’s broken: Larry WilsonMay 24, 2016 - Transitions Pasadena has a hand-on approach to change as exemplified by the Pasadena Repair Cafe.
Unplugging the Colorado RiverMay 20, 2016 - Is there really enough water for two reservoirs like Lake Powell and Lake Mead on the Colorado River? Experts are now asking that important question. -
These Pasadena residents want to transform the 710 'ditch' into a new communityMay 19, 2016 - Architect Stefano Polyzoides and Mayor Terry Torenek discuss plans for the 50 acre parcel that Caltrans intended to develop the 710 extension. The parcel, if developed, could create 50 million dollars in tax revenue over thirty years for the City of Pasadena.
Fast Work and Purple RainMay 17, 2016 - Larry Wilson identifies a key test regarding local governance: how well is the Arroyo Seco being taken care of? We wholeheartedly agree.
Pasadena backs citywide ban of polystyrene for foodMay 10, 2016 - It's been a long fight, but it's over. The Pasadena City Council has unanimously voted to ban styrofoam. -
Unanimous Vote! — Pasadena City Council Bans Styrofoam Food and BeverageMay 10, 2016 - "A first-hand account of what happened at the last thirty minutes of Pasadena City Council’s meeting on Monday, May 9, 2016, in which the City Council vote to ban polystyrene food and beverage was unanimous."
Some emergency drought rules might be eased, but don't start hosing down sidewalksMay 9, 2016 - “Californians stepped up during this drought and saved more water than ever before,” Brown said in a statement. “But now we know that drought is becoming a regular occurrence and water conservation must be a part of our everyday life.”
Camp PasadenaMay 5, 2016 - Summer camps abound in Pasadena including some that feature the Arroyo Seco.
Kidspace’s new Arroyo Adventure exhibit lets tykes play in the mudApril 30, 2016 - The Arroyo Adventure exhibit at Kidspace Children's Museum gives kids a serious dose of nature.
Volunteers remove tons of trash from Los Angeles River as Earth Month cleanup continuesApril 23, 2016 - Friends of the Los Angeles River organized thousands of volunteers for an Earth Month cleanup of the river.
Making the Arroyo Seco Music and Arts Festival greenApril 21, 2016 - The Arroyo Seco Music and Arts Festival won't truly be a success unless it is environmentally sensitive.
Goodbye El Nino, hello La Nina, the ‘diva of drought’Arpil 15, 2016 - Disappointed by the Godzilla El Niño? Get ready to be disappointed by La Niña.
How the Rams’ Inglewood Stadium affects business at the Rose Bowl, LA ColiseumApril 10, 2016 - The Star-News analyses the history and the prospects of the Rose Bowl in the light of a new professional football stadium in Ingelwood.
Going Both WaysApril 7, 2016 - An Arroyo Music and Art Festival plus the National Football? Is that the deal? Pasadena Council changes Arroyo Seco Public Lands Ordinance.
Hahamongna Cooperative Nursery – A Priceless Resource for Pasadena and Our RegionSpring 2016 - The Spring 2016 edition of the West Pasadena Residents Association Newsletter features an article about Hahamongna Cooperative Nursery.
County Officials Will Act to Allay Residents Fears About 5-Mile Pipeline to be Dug Through AltadenaMarch 29, 2016 - County officials will discuss their proposal for a pipeline across Altadena from Devil's Gate Dam to Eaton Canyon at a community meeting.
Inner Beauty SalonMarch 28, 2016 - Beneath the 134 Freeway bridge spanning the Arroyo, a wonderful assemblage of people have gathered at Arroyo del Rey, the home of Carol Soucek and Richard King, for insights and intellectual stimulation for more than twenty years. -
South Pas Woman’s Club Urges Donations for Reforestation ProjectMarch 23, 2016 - The Woman's Club of South Pasadena is building support for a tree-planting program in the Angeles National Forest.
Water-Wise GardeningMarch 17, 2016 - The Theodore Payne Garden tour will feature several water-conserving gardens in the local area.
What's Up With All the California Eucalyptus? March 17, 2016 - A brief and entertaining history of the Eucalyptus in California. - - -
How a Monster El Niño Transforms the World’s WeatherMarch 16, 2016 - Here's a good explanation of the global impacts of El Niño and its local effects from KQED. - -
Why El Nino is ‘out of time’ to save Southern California from droughtMarch 14, 2016 - JPL's Bill Patzert is still waiting for a Godzilla El Niño, but while other California regions have been blessed with "normal" precipitation, Southern California is still languishing at about half normal.
Will the Los Angeles River Become a Playground for the Rich?March 9, 2016 - Richard Kreitner of the Nation analyzes the forces at work shaping and stealing(?) the revitalization of the LA River. - -
LA Clouds Seeded to Increase Rainfall for First Time in 14 YearsMarch 8, 2016 - Clouds above LA County were seeded with silver iodide Monday and county officials are looking to try it again with the coming weekend storm. -
Save the fish, save the riverMarch 4, 2016 - A small band of Southern California steelhead trout may be saved by a grant from California Fish and Wildlife. The fish are similar to the steelhead who used to swim in the Arroyo Seco. -
California Water Mandate Extended Through October — February 29, 2016 - In an insightful blog, Robb Barnitt, the CEO of Dropcountr, observes that "Tough leadership from Governor Brown has led to residential water consequences in the Golden State, intended or otherwise."
How Pasadena wants to use recycled water to increase its water supplyFebruary 23, 2016 - A long-awaited plan to use recycled water in Pasadena was approved on Monday night by the Pasadena City Council. The project is "long overdue" in the words of Mayor Tornek.
Save the wild trout of the San Gabriel River: Guest commentaryFebruary 19, 2016 - John Tobin of the Pasadena Casting Club make a plea to expand the work of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument Plan to include fish protections and enhancements.
Gold Rush S.F.’s water supply switched from barrels to creeksFebruary 19, 2016 - Gary Kamiya offers a brief history of water development in San Francisco.
Rim of the Valley a real victory for local recreationFebruary 18, 2016 - The editors of the Star-News are as excited as we are about the expansion of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area to include the Rim of the Valley, including the urban stretch of the Arroyo Seco and the LA River. -
SoPas Council Asked to Approve Park Assessment ProjectsFebruary 18, 2016 - South Pasadena is putting together its list of projects for a possible upcoming County Parks bond measure.
A new proposal would vastly increase protected Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation AreaFebruary 16, 2016 - Here is Steve Scauzillo's revised and update article on the Rim of the Valley National Recreation Area plan unveiled today by the National Park Service. -
National Parks Service wants a lot more protected land in Los Angeles areaFebruary 16, 2016 - The recommendations of the National Parks Service Rim of the Valley study could lead to a massive expansion of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation
NASA: 4 Billion People at Risk as 'Water Table Dropping All Over the World'February 15, 2016 - A new analysis reveals that global water scarcity is a far greater problem than previously thought, affecting 4 billion people—two-thirds of the world’s population—and will be “one of the most difficult and important challenges of this century.”
Funding flows in for $1.8m removal of downtown Exeter's Great DamFebruary 14, 2016 - Exeter, New Hampshire is going after a dam right in the middle of the historic community with support from the Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grant Program, which aims to create healthy and sustainable coastal ecosystems through habitat restoration. Another antiquated dam. - -
The outdoors are in at Pasadena Museum of California Art: Larry WilsonFebruary 9, 2016 - Two local exhibits highlight the overwhelming grandeur of our region's outdoors.
The Los Angeles River, from Steelhead to SticklebackJanuary 22, 2016 - Tamara Lang takes a trek along the LA River and its tributaries, including the Arroyo Seco, telling the story of the native fish that once graced our region. - -
The Rest of the StoryJanuary 21, 2016 - Stewards of Public Land clear up some of the misconceptions about their concerns regarding archery in the Lower Arroyo.
Rose Bowl sticking with Arroyo music festival, not the NFL: Larry WilsonJanuary 20, 2016 - With the Rams coming back to LA and the Chargers and Raiders both also interested, concerns about the possible role of the Rose Bowl are inevitable. Larry Wilson has the scoop. -
When is the best time to prepare for El Niño?January 15, 2016 - Tim Brick analyzes all the recent hype about Godzilla storms and statements by County Flood officials about the cause of local flood problems.
Meet LA County’s ‘Storm Boss’ who controls rainwater during El NinoJanuary 9, 2016 - A paean to the heroic people at LA County Flood Control who agonize over which element to stress: flood protection or water capture.
When Is the Best Time to Prepare for El Niño?Winter 2016 - Tim Brick offers this opinion piece on El Niño and flood preparation in the Winter 2016 edition of the West Pasadena Residents Association newsletter.
Whose river is it? And whose history?December 23, 2015 - Jenny Price elucidates the concerns many River advocates have about the involvement of Frank Gehry in the LA River restoration program.
Know Your Neighbors: Arroyo ChubDecember 22, 2015 - LA Magazine features the Arroyo Chub and mentions the Arroyo Seco Foundation's 2008 reintroduction of the Chub into the Arroyo. -
Previous El Ninos were tragic and destructive. What does that tell us about 2016? FILE - In this Feb. 24, 1998 file photo, a woman waits for a tow truDecember 20, 2015 - More warnings of a monster Godzilla storm season as well as the sad story of Nathan Cook, who was captured by flood waters in the Arroyo in 1998.
Northern California salmon runs stronger than expected on many rivers despite droughtDecember 22, 2015 - On the Mokelumne River -- a central Sierra drinking water source to 1.4 million East Bay residents -- more than 12,000 adult chinook have returned for the fall run so far this year, exceeding a 17-year average of 8,000 fish.
L.A. Remembers It Has a RiverDecember 14, 2015 - The concrete ditch running through the city is a sad joke even in Los Angeles. A revitalization effort decades in the making is getting under way, but will it repeat the mistakes of the past? -
South Pasadena Sewer IssuesDecember 10, 2015 - Twelve South Pasaena sewer spills have reached the Arroyo Seco and the LA River. An overhaul of the SoPas sewer system is now underway.
Will El Niño be able to flush fish invaders out of the L.A. River?December 1, 2015 - Researchers are studying what type of fish currently survive in the Los Angeles in an effort to determine whether native fish will be be better at surviving the harsh conditions there. - -
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