News of the Arroyo

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For the first time in almost 100 years, a rare frog population is having sex in the Santa Monica MountainsMarch 26, 2017 - The red-legged frog seems to be making an incredible comeback in the Santa Monica Mountains.
Judge Halts Devil's Gate Sediment Removal ProjectMarch 24, 2017 - Environmentalists on Thursday won a temporary halt to a project to remove millions of cubic yards of sediment from behind Devil's Gate Dam near JPL in northwest Pasadena.
Environmentalists win temporary halt to Devil's Gate Dam dig-outMarch 23, 2017 - Environmentalists on Thursday won a temporary halt to a project to remove millions of cubic yards of sediment from behind Devil's Gate Dam, a project they said was so big it would harm air quality and wildlife habitat in the Hahamongna Watershed Park in the north end of Pasadena. -
The 400-year-old Oak tree Caltech was built around is now dead, but there is much to learn from itMarch 18, 2017 - A spectacular 400-year-old Engelmann oak on the Caltech campus has died but leaves many lessons.
Glendora doctor accused of damaging endangered Brodiaea plant growing in protected hillsideMarch 14, 2017 - California Fish & Wildlife has issues a violation regarding the destruction of rare and endangered thread-leafed brodiaea in the front range of the San Gabriel Mountains near Glendora.
Arroyo Seco Music Festival at Pasadena’s Rose Bowl to feature Tom Petty, Weezer, Mumford & SonsMarch 14, 2017 - The headliners have now been announced for the Arroyo Seco Music Festival coming up this June. -
Finding the hidden waterways of Los Angeles County, starting with the Arroyo SecoMarch 4, 2017 - Steve Scauzillo explores Hahamongna and its wonders. He laments the fact that a recent Pasadena candidates' forum neglected our region's most important environmental treasure. -
L.A. keeps building near freeways, even though living there makes people sickMarch 2, 2017- For more than a decade, California air quality officials have warned against building homes within 500 feet of freeways. And with good reason: People there suffer higher rates of asthma, heart attacks, strokes, lung cancer and pre-term births. Recent research has added more health risks to the list, including childhood obesity, autism and dementia. Yet Southern California civic officials have flouted those warnings, allowing a surge in home building near traffic pollution, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis of U.S. Census data, building permits and other government records.
In California, a Move to Ease the Pressures on Aging DamsFebruary 28, 2017 - "Scientists and environmental groups say deliberately creating floodplains to allow the state’s rivers to overflow more naturally and benignly is a way to help ease the strain on this water infrastructure, especially as climate change poses new challenges." -
Have we underestimated the West’s super-floods?February 28, 2017 - The potential for massive floods in the West is reviewed in this article from High county Times.
Drought finally over in nearly every part of California, scientists sayFebruary 23, 2017 - California's drought is over in most parts of the state, but effects will linger for many years. Los Angeles County still remains in the "abnormally dry" category.
A better plan to shore up Devil’s Gate Dam: EditorialFebruary 17, 2017 - The San Gabriel Valley Newspapers discuss the Oroville Dam situation and local implications, advocating a smaller, slower sediment removal program for Devil's Gate Dam.
Judge rules Devil's Gate Dam environmental report 'deficient' Devil's Gate DamFebruary 16, 2017 - Judge Chalfant's ruling on the County Flood Control District's Big Dam program means that "Los Angeles County Department of Public Works officials will likely have to revise and re-vet their environmental impact report." -
Devil’s Gate Dam sediment removal project dealt a blow after environmental report deemed ‘deficient’February 15, 2017 - Judge James Chalfant ruled the County Flood Control District's Environmental Impact Report on their Big Dig program for Hahamongna Watershed Park deficient and set a hearing on March 23 to consider remedies. -
New setback in plan to dredge Devil’s Gate DamFebruary 14, 2017 - KPCC covers Judge James Chalfant's ruling on the County Flood Control District's massive sediment excavation and trucking project for Devil's Gate Dam in Hahamongna.
400 Year Old Engelmann Oak Tree NotificationFebruary 6, 2017 - The old oak by the chemistry building at Caltech has died. That's the sad news from John Onderdonk of the Caltech Sustainability Program. -
Venerable Oak Tree Succumbs to Fungal InfectionFebruary 4, 2017 - How sad it is to see such a spectacular tree as Caltech's Engelmann Oak succumb after four hundred years.
Time for a new look at flood management in Pasadena’s Arroyo Seco: Guest commentaryJanuary 29, 2017 - LA County Supervisors should take a new look at the County Flood Control District's devastating program for Hahamongna in the Arroyo Seco at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains.
L.A. to acquire property known as 'crown jewel' in river revitalization strategyJanuary 29, 2017 - The LA City Council took a big step Friday to move forward on the LA River restoration by acquiring the G2 parcel in the east bank of the river in the Glendale Narrows section just north of downtown LA.
Dare to drive California's first freeway from L.A. to PasadenaJanuary 29, 2017 - As part of a list of essential adventures and experiences in the Golden State, Christopher Reynolds offers: Dare to drive the Arroyo Seco Parkway! Most of us crossed that off our bucket list decades ago. -
Green Infrastructure Key to Solving 21st Century Water CrisesJanuary 27, 2017 - Delivering ​water and ​sanitation for ​all in the 21st ​century will ​require a new ​approach - one ​that does not ​solely rely on ​gray solutions, ​but gray in ​combination ​with “​green” ​systems such as ​forests, ​grasslands, and ​wetlands, which ​protect our ​access to clean ​water and are ​more resilient ​to environmental ​change.
Visit these 4 San Gabriel Valley waterfalls in ‘rare form’ after recent rainJanuary 27, 2017 - Here are some scenic waterfalls in the San Gabriel Mountains that are flowing after the long drought.
Pasadena Escapes Significant Rain Damage So Far, Storm and Flood Watch Continues TodayJanuary 23, 2017 - This week's storm has had minimal impacts on Pasadena besides confusing people interested in the Pasadena Half Marathon & 5K.
State of the City: Mayor Tornek Mixes Revenue Warnings with Guarded OptimismJanuary 19, 2017 - Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek calls for reorganization and new vision for the Arroyo Seco to consider the entire Arroyo Seco "in a comprehensive way, not just as a site for a huge variety of user-driven functions, but as the living, beautiful, natural heart of our City."
"Big Dig" Lawsuit Moves Close to TrialJanuary 18, 2017 - The No Big Dig lawsuit filed by the Arroyo Seco Foundation and Pasadena Audubon more than two years ago is going to court on January 31. The lawsuit challenges the County Flood Control District's plan to scrape 2.4 million cubic yards of sediment out of Hahamongna Watershed Park.
La Loma Bridge Rehabilitation Falls BehindJanuary 16, 2017 - The La Loma Bridge across the Arroyo Seco, originally constructed in 1914, is undergoing a $16 million seismic retrofit and rehabilitation.
FCD and environmentalists face off over “Big Dig” at Devil’s GateJanuary 15, 2017 - Bill Christian provides an incisive overview of the battle over sediment management behind Devil's Gate Dam in Hahamongna Watershed Park.
From St. Paul to Excelsior, more cities rely on conservancies to fund public parksJanuary 12, 2017 - Increasingly cities are turning to public/private partnerships such as conservancies to manage and raise funds for local and regional parts. Could this be a model for the Arroyo Seco?
Construction of Temporary Bridges Along Arroyo Seco Road Has BegunJanuary 11, 2017 - Pasadena Water & Power is moving ahead with bridges for the Arroyo Seco Canyon Project in the Arroyo just above the mouth of the canyon near JPL.
Amateur nature photographer captures several magical moments of 2016December 24, 2016 - It's amazing what a good photographer can capture in the grand San Gabriel Mountains. Here Steve Scauzillo tracks the great work of Candy Dougherty.
Seven Awarded for Efforts to Protect the Arroyo Seco, the “Most Celebrated Canyon in Los Angeles”December 22, 2016 - In a festive celebration in the Community Room of the South Pasadena Library, seven individuals and organizations received an award for their contributions to preserving and enhancing the Arroyo and its communities at the 2016 Arroyo Verde Awards ceremony.
Is Pasadena Water and Power Building for an Obsolete Future?December 16, 2016 - Mayor Tornek and Councilmember Andy Wilson are asking some tough questions about metering technology and the future of utilities.
California's forests are turning tree cutters into millionairesDecember 14, 2016 - Here's the sad story of the more than 100 million trees that the drought and other conditions have doomed in California.
Grease for the PalmsDecember 9, 2016 - Two grand Canary Island Palms that once towered over the old Twin Palms restaurant have been reduced to sawdust, but the owner will have to pay for not having a permit
Local Landmarks LostDecember 6, 2016 - Palm trees? What palm trees? Remember those grand palm trees at the Twin Palms restaurant? Gone without fanfare or a permit.
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.
Why Oceans, Lakes, and Rivers Are Good for CitiesNovember 21, 2016 - Here's a look at the value of waterways like the Arroyo Seco to cities, using Chicago's River as an example.
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. -
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