News of the Arroyo

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No, California won't run out of water in a yearMarch 20, 2015 - Phew, well, state water managers say we won't run out of water next year. Chill, Californians. -
Park Service should release the Rim of the Valley report nowMarch 19, 2015 - The National Park Service should promptly release the report, already delayed three times, on the proposal to create a Rim of the Valley National Recreation Area on wildlands stretching from the Santa Monica Mountains to the Angeles National Forest above Pasadena.
How California is failing at dealing with the droughtMarch 16, 2015 - Here's how to manage California's historic drought more effectively. A recently-released report by the Public Policy Institute of California outlines key steps to be taken to survive. -
California has about one year of water left. Will you ration now?March 12, 2015 - California's severe drought demands decisive and immediate action says NASA/JPL scientist Jay Famiglietti in this important commentary. -
Channelization of the Arroyo SecoMarch 1, 2015 - The Edenic features of the Arroyo Seco that played an important role in drawing people to the area began to vanish with the structural developments of channelization. The environmental impact of the channelization project proved to be detrimental [and] decades would pass before the health of the Arroyo Seco's ecosystem would be cogently addressed.
Northeast L.A. gathers for a Homeless Town HallFebruary 26, 2015 - A Town Hall forum sponsored by the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council focused on the homeless encampments that has popped up along the Arroyo. -
Community calls for greener approach to cleaning out Devil’s Gate Dam in PasadenaFebruary 20, 2015 - Fragile ecosystems encircling Pasadena, Altadena, La Canada Flintridge and central Los Angeles are threatened by a county sediment-removal project that is outdated, unbalanced and a violation of environmental laws. -
Monument status for San Gabriels, but much work to do: Guest commentaryFebruary 13, 2015 - San Gabriel Mountains Forever leaders outline their hopes for expanded resources and territory for the new San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. - - -
Exploratory expedition fails to find Arroyo Seco rainbowsFebruary 10, 2015 - Three fisherman go to the Upper Arroyo Seco to cast a fly and see if any rainbow trout had survived the devastation of the Station Fire of 2009. - - -
New Climate Change Standard Can Help Restore RiversFebruary 5, 2015 - The Obama Administration takes a balanced approach to flood and river management by issuing an executive order that encourages the use of floodplains and wetlands to buffer the impacts of storms.
Conservationists Take to Crowdfunding to Fight Hahamongna Watershed PlanFebruary 2, 2015 — ASF and the Audubon have embarked on a grassroots campaign to fight the Los Angeles County Flood Control District's (LACFD) $100-million plan to scrape the growing sediment off the basin at Hahamongna Watershed Park in Pasadena as part of its Devil's Gate Reservoir Sediment Removal and Management Project.
Preparing for Native Plant Restoration on the L.A. RiverJanuary 29, 2015 — Ellen Mackey leads the Native Seed Resources Coalition (NSRC), a group of organizations working to ensure that there is an adequate supply of locally sourced plants for L.A. River projects and other public and private projects in the watershed. The group has been working toward this mission for about three years this March, but even longer individually. "We want to make sure that local native plants are available and used in these projects," says Mackey.
Community Enthusiastically on Board for Arroyo Seco RestorationJanuary 23, 2015 - Los Angeles residents and its local officials may be focused on the $1 billion restoration plan for Los Angeles River, but communities in the northeast have their eyes trained on a similar U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project that aims to restore the Arroyo Seco.
Bobcat sighting along Arroyo Seco Trail in Pasadena reportedJanuary 19, 2015 - A bobcat showed up in the Lower Arroyo on a trail near Arbor Street and Arroyo Blvd.
Group eyes lawsuit aimed at Devil's Gate sediment removal planJanuary 14, 2015 - As the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works prepares to begin a five-year sediment haul at Devil's Gate Reservoir in the fall, some La Cañadans are rallying behind a lawsuit that aims to stop it in its tracks.
National Monument status splits Angeles National Forest in two; creates inequities, confusionJanuary 12, 2015 — In Solomon-like fashion, President Barack Obama split the heavily used Angeles National Forest in two, placing one half inside a brand-new San Gabriel Mountains National Monument while leaving out the other half. Exactly three months after the historic designation, some are questioning the president’s wisdom as nonprofits, environmental groups, federal, state and local agencies grapple with a confusing arrangement that baffles even proponents and leaves an inequitable division of haves and have-nots.
Pasadena Sierra Club Supports Lawsuit to Save HahamongnaJanuary 9, 2015 — The Pasadena Group of the Sierra Club has added their political and financial support to the No Big Dig! lawsuit to challenge the L.A. County Flood Control District's Devil's Gate Sediment Removal and Management Project.
A River's flood role is 'paramount'December 19, 2014 - Scientists looking to restore the LA River need to be careful to provide flood protection in a climate change world that is likely to have more extreme weather conditions. -
Noxious NuisanceDecember 18, 2014 - The Pasadena Weekly covers the lawsuit against the Flood Control District and other elements of the lore of Hahamongna.
Devil’s Gate Dam project challenged by area environmentalistsDecember 15, 2015 — Two local environmental groups filed a lawsuit Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court challenging the Board of Supervisors’ recent approval of the controversial Devil’s Gate Reservoir Sediment Removal Project.
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.
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