||Some bumps in the road on the way to a bike-friendly L.A.||July 22, 2014 - The LA Times editorial board calls on Councilman Gil Cedillo, to get out of the way of the city-wide bike plan.
||An overview of California’s ongoing and extraordinary drought: a tale of exceptional dryness and record warmth||July 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 signs||July 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 Data||July 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 discussions||July 8, 2014 - Los Angeles leaders are focused on preserving groundwater treatment funds in bond discussions
||California water bond: The burning questions||July 6, 2014 - Here's the latest on the water bond on the November 2014 ballot.
||A dry state in the West||July 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 20||June 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 drought||June 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 conservation||June 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 Tsong||June 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 Arizona||June 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 say||June 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.
||U.S. farmers making hay with alfalfa exports to China||June 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 force||June 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 Flow||May 28, 2014 - Water from the Colorado River reaches the delta in Mexico after many years.
||Panel rejects plea to save Riverside Drive bridge||May 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 absence||May 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 California||May 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 revitalization||May 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 Opens||May 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 Dams||May 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: Editorial||May 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 removal||May 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 River||May 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 District||May 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 recommendations||May 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 Drought||May 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 pollution||May 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 LA||May 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 Says||May 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 drought||April 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 Watershed||April 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. River||April 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."
||LCF Council receives Devil's Gate Dam updates||March 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 protections||March 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 City||March 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 Details||March 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. River||March 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 markets||February 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 efforts||February 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 Manager||February 21, 2014 — Marcie Edwards will be the first woman to run the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power.
||When Los Angeles Abandoned its Mountain Frontier||February 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 Greenway||February 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 habits||February 19, 2014 — Patt Morrison asks Jay Famiglietti about the future of water in California.
||Water war boils down to farmers vs. fishermen||February 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 sippers||February 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 Lead||February 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 Group||February 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 worsen||January 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 up||January 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. River||January 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 reaction||January 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 Seco||January 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 Life||January 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 policy||January 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 problem||January 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 States||January 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 Home||January 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 Dam||January 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 away||December 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 tenant||December 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 Proposal||December 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 Development||December 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 large||December 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 residents||December 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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