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

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Audubon Center break-in ruffles some feathers, but community spirit soars December 7, 2017 - An early morning break-in at the Audubon Center in Debs Park resulted in the theft of $6,000 worth of equipment including computers, binoculars and other items. How sad that such a worthy group should be a victim.
FEAST formulates fresh plan for flora on FijiDecember 5, 2017 - Students at Occidental College are taking on restoring a campus hillside to native species. The project arose out of a class presented by the Urban Environmental Policy Institute, UEP 246, Sustainable Oxy: Campus Greening.
Colorado Street Bridge Task Force Hearing Evokes Tales of Heartbreaking Tragedies, Offers of Creative SolutionsNovember 30, 2017 - City officials and local residents grapple with how to make the stately Colorado Street Bridge safer and less attractive to people considering suicide in a public meeting.
Supes scale back Devil’s Gate Big Dig sediment removal projectNovember 16, 2017 - The County Board of Supervisors acts to reduce the size of their sediment removal program for Devil's Gate Dam in response to tremendous community concern.
‘One Arroyo Day’ Saturday seeks input from the community on its vision for the Arroyo SecoNovember 16, 2017 - "One Arroyo Day" on Saturday will highlight the work of the Arroyo Advisory Group appointed by Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek to take a look at the priorities for the future of the Arroyo in Pasadena.
Three Ways to Change How California Manages Water for the EnvironmentNovember 14, 2017 - New research shows that three reforms could improve ecological conditions and reduce tensions over allocation of water, says Jeffrey Mount, senior fellow at the PPIC Water Policy Center.
Voices from the River: Talking trash fishNovember 14, 2107 - Trout are fantastic, but other native fish also play an important role in the health of rivers. How about some respect for the other native fish too!
Remote sensing will revolutionize trout conservationNovember 13, 2017 - NASA and Trout Unlimited are developing new tools that will be very helpful in assessing and improving the conditions for trout and other fish species.
County Supervisors Approve Smaller "Big Dig" Sediment Removal Project for Devil's Gate DamNovember 8, 2017 - The County Supervisors have taken decisive action to reduce the size of the Flood Control District's excavation program for Hahamongna Watershed Park, but major concerns still remain.
Supervisors approve big dig at Devil's Gate DamNovember 7, 2017 - Sharon McNary continues her sensationalistic coverage of the Big Dig. It's sad that KPCC's environmental coverage is so insensitive to environmental concerns.
LA County Supervisors approve scaled-down sediment removal project for Devil’s Gate Dam in PasadenaNovember 7, 2017 - In a major turnaround, the County Supervisors today voted to scale down the Flood Control District's massive sediment removal program for Hahamongna from 2.4 million cubic yards to 1.7 million.
Searching for a better dig for Hahamongna: Larry Wilson October 31, 2017 - Larry Wilson urges Supervisor Barger to "ask county staff to ratchet down the Big Dig into the Appropriately Scaled Dig, and then asks her colleagues on the Board of Supervisors to approve a new version of the plan to save Hahamongna and all that lives downstream."
Facing Rollbacks, California Must Protect Drinking Water, WetlandsOctober 26, 2017 - As the Trump administration prepares to weaken the Clean Water Rule, there are steps California’s Water Board can take to protect wetlands, streams and drinking water, says Richard Frank of the U.C. Davis School of Law.
Shrub-choked wildlands played a role in California firesOctober 24, 2017 - The recent horrendous Northern California fires have some real lessons for all Californians and specifically those who live near the Arroyo Seco or the San Gabriel Mountains. They roared out of forests and shrubland and attacked residential neighborhoods thought to be safe, partially due to the suppression of fires.
Rim of the Valley: New plan emerges to add nearly 191K acres to Santa Monica Mountains Recreation AreaOctober 19, 2017 - Congressman Adam Schiff is re-introducing his proposal to expand the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreational Area to include the Arroyo Seco and almost 200,000 acres of open space and parkland.
Pasadena vs. L.A. in a fight for purple-pipe waterOctober 17, 2017 - Los Angeles and Pasadena are wrangling over water from the LA/Glendale water recycling plant.
Get ready to see a plan for billions of dollars in parks and water improvements on California’s 2018 ballotOctober 16, 2017 - Look for major bonds on the November 2018 ballot to fund more investment in state parks and water facilities.
Health & Environmental Benefits of Natural Green Spaces in CitiesOctober 13, 2017 - Here is a summary of research from over sixty scientific journals and government agency reports documenting the wide-ranging benefits of natural green spaces in cities to public health and the environment prepared by Community Conservation Strategies. "With more than half of the world’s population residing in cities, it is essential that we create natural open space to make our cities healthy places in which to live."
Everyone Knew Houston’s Reservoirs Would Flood — Except for the People Who Bought Homes Inside ThemOctober 10, 2017 - Here's a keen analysis of the causes of the Houston flood disaster related to poor planning and in appropriate development from ProPublica and the Texas Tribune.
Arroyo Seco Foundation Remains Confident Devil's Gate Lawsuit Will PrevailOctober 11, 2017 - Pasadena Now provides a recap of the Arroyo Seco Quarterly Meeting, featuring updates on County Flood Control's Big Dig sediment mining and trucking program at Devil's Gate Dame in Hahamongna Watershed Park, the One Arroyo vision process, a neat video by high school students on the Arroyo, and trout scouting in Bear Canyon.
Legacy projects take shape honoring Lewis MacAdams, poet and crusader for transforming Los Angeles RiverOctober 6, 2017 - Lewis MacAdams is putting together his memoirs and choice vignettes on the revival of the Los Angeles River.
Aecom Presents Plan for Redeveloping L.A. River DowntownOctober 5, 2017 - Aecom has prepared an interesting presentation on the critical four-mile stretch of the Los Angeles River through downtown, including the Confluence with the Arroyo Seco.
Trail Marker: Paul Ayers Knows His Way Around Them HillsOctober 5, 2017 - Paul Ayers took local Sierra Club members on a tour to trail in the local foothills they never dreamed existed. (See the slide show on the link page.)
Move Over 606, City Officials Break Ground On 312 RiverRun TrailOctober 4, 2017 - Chicago's RiverRun Trail will connect three parks with a single trail that stretches for two miles on the Chicago River.
California Is Giving Water Back to Native Fish – but How Much?October 2, 2017 - Water interests and environmentalists are wrangling over how much water to provide for native fish on the San Joaquin River, with lessons for most rivers in the state of California.
Cities Should Think About Trees As Public Health Infrastructure October 2, 2017 - "Planting trees is an incredibly cheap and simple way to improve the well-being of people in a city. A novel idea: : Public health institutions should be financing urban greenery to support well-being and air quality."
NELA Gets Lucky, but It Takes More Than Luck to Protect the EnvironmentOctober 2017 - It appears that the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument will be spared. The Boulevard Sentinel quotes Tim Brick on the benefits the monument provides for local residents.
Op-Ed What the Trump administration doesn't understand about wildfiresOctober 1, 2017 - Lifting environmental protections and intensive logging are not the cure for restoring the health of American forests contrary to the non-scientific contentions of the Trump Administration writes Pomona College Professor Char Miller.
Pasadena Nature Lovers Join Mayor Tornek on Hike, Brainstorm Future Arroyo Trail Improvements September 29, 2017 - Mayor Tornek leads a walk along a little-know trail on the west side of the Arroyo just north of Washington Blvd. This is the second in a series of walks led by the Mayor to promote increased appreciation and support for the Arroyo.
Some still catch fish in the San Gabriel River. But without stocking, the trout are harder to find.September 23, 2017 - There are not many trout still in the San Gabriel, but local fisherman are there expectantly, hoping for a bite.
The West’s Wildfires Are Taking a Toll on ReservoirsSeptember 20, 2017 - "New research predicts that an increase in the frequency and magnitude of wildfires will double the rates of sedimentation in one-third of the West’s large watersheds, reducing reservoir storage and affecting water supplies."
Three more public walks with Pasadena mayor planned for One ArroyoSeptember 20, 2017 - Look for three more walks with Mayor Tornek as part of his One Arroyo initiative.
Pasadenans Participate in Heritage Brainstorming ForumSeptember 20, 2017 - "Pasadena Participate" was a lively discussion of ways to preserve and improve the character and quality of life in Pasadena presented by Pasadena Heritage in the Skyroom of Lake Avenue Church.
Trump plan: Southern California monuments would be spared, six others would be reducedSeptember 18, 2017 - Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke does not include any changes in the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument in his leaked memo to Trump, but there are significant changes in ten other monuments. It should also be noted that the Trump administration process is not over. -
Interior chief urges shrinking 4 national monuments in WestSeptember 18, 2017 - A memo from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommends reducing 4 large western national monuments and changes to six other monuments. No changes are mentioned to the nearby San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, but the Trump review of 27 national monuments is not over.
Pasadena mayor walks, talks about possibly removing private equestrian clubs, camps from Arroyo SecoSeptember 17 - Put on your hiking shoes and take a walk in Hahamongna with Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek as part of his "One Arroyo" initiative. The mayor discusses the character of the Hahamongna area and the many sometimes conflicting uses there.
Bulldozers ready: Temporary dig planned behind Devil’s Gate Dam in PasadenaSeptember 14, 2017 - LA County Flood Control will begin an annual maintenance program at Devil's Gate Dam that will involve ten trucks a day and 4,000 cubic, less than 1% of the still pending Big Dig.
Opening up the gate to the Mount Wilson Toll Road: Larry WilsonSeptember 12, 2017 - Larry Wilson reports good news from Paul Ayers about that pesky locked gate that frequently blocks access for hikers up the Mount Wilson Trail in Eaton Canyon. -
Study: Rivers Recover Faster Than Expected After Dam RemovalSeptember 11, 2017 - "A new study by the U.S. Geological Survey looks at more than 200 dam removals and finds that fish species and habitat can change rapidly, although examples from very large dams are rare."
Walk The “Over-Loved” Arroyo with the MayorSeptember 10, 2017 - Tim Martinez encourages local residents to get involved and provide input and feedback to Mayor Tornek and the Arroyo Advisory Group about the future of the Arroyo Seco. And the walk with the Mayor this Saturday will be a good opportunity to do so.
A tree falls in Pasadena, and lessons are heard: Guest commentarySeptember 8, 2017 - Tim Martinez takes a look at recent tree accidents and concludes that more native trees should be selected for future plantings. They are safer and better adapted to local conditions. Couldn't agree more.
Final Comments Due on Devil’s Gate ‘Big Dig’ ChallengeSeptember 7, 2017 - Comments regarding the County Flood Control District's revisions to the Environmental Impact Report for the Devil's Gate dam basin in Hahamongna Watershed Park are now due. Don Bremner and Tim Brick offer their take on the impact of the revisions on La Canada residents and others.
The healing power of nature September 6, 2017 - The healing and restorative power of forests and rivers is documented in this powerful article on "forest bathing."
Editorial: Houston's floods are a warning for California to shore up its water systems.September 5, 2017 - Houston certainly has lessons for Southern California and so does the Central Valley Flood Protection Board. We like good news, but we'll believe it when the County Flood Control District changes its name and starts promoting real integrated watershed management solutions.
Column: Hey President Trump, leave the San Gabriel Mountains aloneAugust 30, 2017 - Steve Lopez takes a hike with Daniel Rossman to explore the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument.
Looking for trout in Upper Arroyo Seco, he’s thinking of politics: Larry WilsonAugust 29, 2017 - Larry Wilson of the Star-News heads up to Switzer's Cam in the upper Arroyo Seco to scout for trout. The native trout are still there, Larry. Keep looking, but you're more likely to find them when there is more flow.
How a useless dam nearly destroyed an iconic beachAugust 23, 2017 - This article about Matilija Dam in Ventura County details the importance of sand and sediment for river management and coastal protection. Interesting comment about cost at the end. Locally, it cost $400,000 to build Devil's Gate Dam, but the current Big Dig sediment program will cost $100 million.
‘Rain tax’ is back, and L.A. County residents could get soakedAugust 18, 2017 - Oh, no! It looks like County Flood, aided by our assemblyman Chris Holden, is trying sneak through an authorization to collect $20 Billion in taxes and fees for stormwater and clean water program. Of course we're for that, but there needs to be institutional reform first or the funds will just go to create many more Big Digs.
Editorial: Let’s not forget, the river must come firstAugust 14, 2017 - Jim Burns urges river planners and enthusiasts to put the river and its biological health first in restoration programs for the Los Angeles, ahead of parks, trails and recreation improvements.
Collecting Seeds, Collecting HopeAugust 11, 2017 - Erstwhile volunteers from the Arroyo Seco Foundation and TreePeople went to Tujunga Canyon to collect buckwheat seeds.
Creating the Next Generation of Urban ConservationistsAug 11, 2017 - Some interesting findings and observations about how to teach young people to love and respect nature. -
Devil's Gate-Eaton Canyon Pipeline Plan Dries UpAugust 10, 2017 - Well we know that the Eaton Canyon pipeline from Hahamongna Watershed Park won't travel across New York Drive. But does that mean the end of the controversial facility that has been linked to County Flood's Big Dig project in Hahamongna? Not clear. County's PR guy says the project is "on hold," but the pipeline has been on hold for thirty years. Be wary.
San Bernardino rep asks Trump to shrink San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, citing ski resort and miningAugust 8, 2017; updated August 30, 2017 - A San Bernardino County Congress is calling for the Trump administration to reduce the boundaries of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument.
One of the Largest Dam Removals in California History Inches ForwardAugust 7, 2017 - Slow progress is being made in the long campaign to remove Matilija Dam in Ojai.
Environmental Groups Which Won Anti-Sediment Removal Lawsuit Update Their PositionsAugust 7, 2017 - ASF and Pasadena Audubon will report to the Pasadena Environmental Advisory Commission on the status of their campaign against LA County Flood Control District's Big Dig sediment mining and trucking operation in Hahamongna Watershed Park. -
Caltech’s rocket-building occultist who cofounded NASA JPL is getting a TV showAugust 7, 2017 - Jack Parsons, the eccentric scientist who tested rockets and fuel accelerants in Hahamongna in the Arroyo Seco will be featured in a CBS streaming series. I wonder if they will discuss perchlorate?
ArtCenter Teams Up with Arroyo Advisory Group to Create a College Course for the Arroyo ProjectAugust 4, 2017 - ArtCenter College of Design will feature a new class on the Arroyo Seco this fall.
Small streams make a big differenceAugust 2, 2017 - Tributaries, like the Arroyo Seco, feed the larger rivers. They are an essential part of the river system, but Trump Administration proposals to undermine the Clean Water Act could severely damage tributaries as well as major rivers. -
Can steelhead trout be restored to the LA river?July 28, 2017 - KCRW covers the prospects of steelhead and native trout in the LA River and the Arroyo Seco featuring interviews with Wendy Katagi and AJ Keith.
Arroyo group unveils new ideas, including a museum and new restaurants for Arroyo Seco in PasadenaJuly 27, 2017 - The Arroyo Advisory Group, appointed by Mayor Tornek and the City of Pasadena to plan a new vision for the Arroyo, held their first public meeting on Tuesday to mixed reviews on the projects and vision the group presented. Should the vision emphasize the nature of the Arroyo or fill it up with a lot of new recreational venues?
Altadenans again show they know why water is worth fighting for: Larry WilsonJuly 25, 2017 - Larry Wilson recaps last week's debate on the Big Dig and the Eaton Canyon Pipeline and praises Altadenans for their interest in and sophistication about water.
Did rogue paddlers, Scalia cement protection for LA River?July 24, 2017 - Here's an important article on the effect the Trump Administration adopting a new standard for determining what rivers should be protected. Note the ominous warning about the Arroyo Seco near the end.
After nearly 100 years, steelhead trout are planning a comebackJuly 24, 2017 - KPCC's A Martinez interviews Tim Brick about the history and future of steelhead and native fish in the Arroyo Seco and the rivers of Southern California.
Is re-introducing steelhead trout into the Arroyo Seco another fish tale?July 23, 2017 - Will the future of the Arroyo favor concrete or fish? Steve Scauzillo covers the history and prospects of native fish in the Arroyo featuring historian Tom Tomlinson and the work of the Arroyo Seco Foundation.
Altadenans Discuss Costly Pipeline Which Some Say Would Favor PasadenaJuly 21, 2017 - It was a lively discussion last night at the Altadena Heritage on two controversial water projects. The Eaton Canyon Pipeline and Dounty Flood's Big Dig at Hahamongna kept things lively.
Why the World’s Rivers Are Losing Sediment and Why It MattersJuly 20, 2017 - Here's a very illuminating article about the importance and value of sediment. Very relevant to the analysis of what should be done about sediment behind Devil's Gate Dam in Hahamongna. -
Why a judge isn’t keen on a plan to divert water from Arroyo Seco to your tapJuly 18, 2017 - The Arroyo Seco Canyon Project has received a big setback. Superior Court Judge Richard Fruin ruled that the environmental document for the project did not adequately evaluate the impact of Pasadena's water diversions on critical downstream habitat. Some aspects of the program will go on, but a full environmental impact report will be required for anything related to increasing local water supplies. -
Plans, Funds for First Phase of ‘One Arroyo’ Restoration ApprovedJuly 18, 2017 - The Arroyo Advisory Group presented its first report-back to the Pasadena City Council on Monday night, outlining their plans and process to promoting "One Arroyo."
Arroyo Seco Foundation Talks Bringing Trout, Other Native Fish Back to PasadenaJuly 12, 2010 - Fish, like Rainbow Trout and even the majestic steelhead, used to be an important part of the Arroyo Seco. Tonight the Arroyo Seco Foundation will host a meeting to discuss the past, present and future of fish in the Arroyo Seco. Don't miss it.
The LA River Dreams of Its FutureJuly 10, 2017 - Larry Wilson talks about the future of the LA River, water quality, and a variety of other issues. Seven architectural firms take a crack at visioning plans for the future. See if you are as disappointed with Gruen's treatment of the Arroyo Seco Confluence as we are. What a lack of biology and vision!
Gardening: Biological pest control is best because it’s nature’s wayJuly 8, 2017 - In gardening as in many other things, going natural is the best way.
The next crisis for California will be the affordability of waterJuly 7, 2017 - Michael Hiltzik predicts that "Not water, the rising cost of which is looming as a defining economic problem in coming years."
Try this great L.A. Walk: Strolling around the Rose Bowl in PasadenaJuly 7, 2017 - The Rose Bowl loop is a great place to walk for exercise and health as the article by Charles Fleming demonstrates. Go on, put your walking shoes on and enjoy nature in the Arroyo Seco.
How the Brookside Golf Course is repairing turf, trees damaged by Arroyo Seco WeekendJuly 2, 2017 - The Rose Bowl staff goes to work fixing up the dings and damage caused by the first Arroyo Seco Weekend music festival.
Local bridge helped bring back Verdugo Wash after destructive floodsJune 29, 2017 - A distinctive bridge across the Verdugo was built following the destructive floods of 1933 and 1934. Katherine Yamada tells the story of the channelization of the natural wash with a flood channel constructed by the US Army Corps of Engineers.
Arroyo Seco Weekend felt smooth as a putting green: Larry WilsonJune 26, 2017 - Larry Wilson had a great time at Arroyo Seco Weekend.
Water Efficiency Expert Mary Ann Dickinson Named Leader of the California Water Efficiency PartnershipJune 12, 2017 - Mary Ann Dickinson, erstwhile President and CEO of the Alliance for Water Efficiency, is now also heading up the California Water Efficiency Partner, descendent of the former California Urban Water Conservation Council.
Arroyo Seco Weekend promises to share a slice of PasadenaJune 9, 2017 - Here's the story of the development of the upcoming Arroyo Seco Weekend festival.
Trailblazers: Nick Hummingbird of Hahamongna Native Plant NurseryJune 7, 2017 - Modern Hiker pays tribute to Hahamongna Native Plant Nursery's Nick Hummingbird.
At LA’s new historic state park, is there no there there?June 3, 2017 - Steve Scauzillo reviews the long-awaited Los Angeles State Historic Park. We regret that the park isn't really connected yet to the Los Angeles River, physically or spiritually.
LA’s Arroyo Seco celebrated in Southwest Museum art exhibitJune 2, 2017 - There's an art exhibit at the old Southwest Museum that celebrates the Arroyo. Take the Gold Line to view "For the Love of the Arroyo" now through June 18th.
State Launches Aggressive Strategy to Aid Salmon, Steelhead in the Sacramento ValleyJune 2, 2017 - The California Natural Resources Agency has launched a far-reaching campaign to restore conditions for salmon and steelhead in the Sacramento Valley.
LA Drainage Goes NativeJune 1, 2017 - Ester Feldman of Community Conservation Solutions lays out the Green Solutions approach to prioritizing native plants and stormwater capture projects in order to obtain maximum benefits of carbon sequestration and other key factors.
UK could see its first law giving rights to natureJune 1, 2017 - This article discusses the establishment of rights for the River Frome in the UK and summarizes the international campaign to establish legal protections and rights for rivers and nature.
Here’s all the local cities that voted to support San Gabriel Mountains National Monument ahead of Trump reviewJune 1, 2017 - There's overwhelming support for the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument now under review by the Trump Administration along with several dozen more important national treasures.
PANEL: The groundwater-surface water nexus & the State Water Resources Control BoardJune 1, 2017 - Here's a good primer on the sometimes puzzling relationship between surface water and groundwater and the role of the State Water Resources Board. It summarizes a very cogent conference on the subject.
With just a drip of funding for stormwater capture, LA County weighs property taxMay 30, 2017 - The County Supervisors have set in motion the process to determine the best way to pay for cleaning up stormwater runoff in our region. A nine month program will explore funding mechanisms, including a property tax surcharge.
This Memorial Day, we should think about protecting California fishMay 29, 2017 - On Memorial Day George Skelton reminds us of the native fish that have been lost because of human intervention and of the importance of protecting and restoring the fish and the habitat they need.
Water extraction project would be destructive to California’s Mojave DesertMay 24, 2017 - Senator Feinstein speaks out: "Cadiz is the biggest threat facing our magnificent desert. We cannot let this company use the Trump administration and powerful Washington insiders to rob us of our public lands." -
Study: Nearly Half of Native California Salmon Could Be Extinct in 50 Years May 16, 2017 - The prognosis is grim for California salmon, steelhead and trout species according to a new report from the authoritative UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences and California Trout. But the trend can be reversed by restoring and protecting spawning grounds and productive river system.
Controlling Rivers & Managing WatershedsMay 15, 2107 - Here is a comparison of the similarities and differences of two very different watersheds - the massive Mississippi River Watershed and the Arroyo Seco Watershed presented by Susette Horspool.
‘Lethal arrogance’? Oroville Dam crisis sprang from Pat Brown’s towering ambitionMay 14, 2017 - The Sacramento Bee probes the origins of Oroville Dam and the role of Pat Brown in fostering it. -
Valley sinking due to groundwater depletion; threat to aqueduct remainsMay 12, 2017 - A Sacramento television station zeroes in on the lingering crisis of groundwater that has been aggravated by California's long drought.
What broke the Safe Drinking Water Act?May 10, 2017 - Are you aware of the perchlorate contamination in the Arroyo Seco? Well, it is being cleaned up and treated. Nationally, however, this serious contaminant is being ignored. Here is the shameful story.
What broke the Safe Drinking Water Act?May 10, 2017 - Are you aware of the perchlorate contamination in the Arroyo Seco? Well, it is being cleaned up and treated. Nationally, however, this serious contaminant is being ignored. Here is the shameful story.
Metropolitan Takes Region Off Water Alert, but Maintains Call for Voluntary Water SavingMay 9, 2017 - Emergency restrictions have been rescinded, but SoCal water officals are urging the publi to continue to embrace water-saving practices.
AEG Hosts Arroyo Seco Weekend Job Shadow DayMay 5, 2017 - AEG, the sponsor of the upcoming Arroyo Seco Weekend festival, showed off its corporate operations to a group of thirty students from Muir High School.
Historic Significance of Bridge Across the Arroyo SecoMay 3, 2017 - It was a festive scene in 1893 when they opened to bridge across Devil's Gate to all those who lived in the Cresenta Valley to travel to the fast developing town of Pasadena.
New group seeks ideas for Pasadena’s ‘over-loved’ Arroyo SecoMay 2, 2017 - In a January Pasadena City Council meeting, Mayor Terry Tornek, in one compound word, aptly described the dilemma facing the city’s greatest recreational asset: The Arroyo Seco is “over-loved.” -
Caring About Native TroutMay 1, 2017 - Here's some great advice on what you can do to help native trout from Trout Unlimited. And consider getting active with ASF Native Restoration Program. Contact
Caltrans Proposes Safety Upgrades Along Entire SR-110 Arroyo Seco ParkwayMay 1, 2017 - Don't blink. Caltrans has just announced a public hearing for tomorrow night at Ramona Hall to review plans for "improvements" along the historic Arroyo Seco Parkway, otherwise known as the Pasadena Freeway.
Editorial: Leave the national monuments aloneApril 27, 2017 - The Times tells Trump to leave our national monuments alone. We agree. - -
Trump signs order to reconsider national monuments created by Obama, George W. Bush and ClintonApril 26, 2017 - Trump orders that all national monuments over 100,000 acres that have been established since 1996 should be reviewed. That includes the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument.
Angeles Forest RestoratioinApril 22, 2017 - Join TreePeople and Arroyo Seco Foundation Volunteers as our two organizations team up with the Forest Service to reforest areas burned by the Station Fire.
Bald eagles in L.A. County: An American environmental success storyApril 22, 2017 - There is a mating pair majestic bald eagles nesting in a tree just off of Highway 39 in Azusa Canyon. It's quite an impressive sight.
Opinion Non-native plants won't save L.A. from the beetle that's killing its treesApril 22, 2017 - Kitty Connolly of the Theodore Payne Foundation tries to clear up some fuzzy notions in the LA Times about native trees. Thanks, Kitty.
Mayor Tornek Announces New Arroyo Seco Task ForceApril 20, 2017 - The quarterly meeting of the Arroyo Seco Foundation at the Pasadena Central Library featured a review of Arroyo history and an illuminating presentation by Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek about the new for a new vision and governance approach to the Arroyo. Attorney Mitchell Tsai also presented an update on the No Big Dig lawsuit.
Residents Advised to Make Water Conservation a Way of Life April 17, 2017 - Foothill MWD urges local residents to continue their conservation habits acquired during our long drought.
City Council Approves 'Arroyo Verdugo Communities Joint Powers Authority' AgreementApril 10, 2017 - A new joint powers authority has been established among local cities to formalize and coordinate local and regional planning efforts.
Hexit? Herxit? Whatever you call it, Hermon wins vote to break away and form its own neighborhood councilApril 8, 2017 - The Hermon neighborhood is breaking off from the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council to form their own as a result of a recent local election.
Second ‘Trout Scout’ update: Gabrielino Trail to Gould MesaApril 5, 2017 - Here is the second Trout Scout report from John Goraj about native trout in the upper Arroyo Seco.
Judge's ruling puts a halt to L.A. County's plans at Devil's Gate DamApril 5, 2017 - More coverage on Judge Chalfant's ruling on the County Flood Control District's deficient Environmental Impact Report for Hahamongna.
California stormwater ‘fee’ bill should be flushed down the drain - SB 231 would redefine "sewer" to include stormwater runoff to avoid Proposition 218 requirements that voters must approve tax increases. The Star-News is against it.
City Commission Will Hear Arroyo Seco Parks and Landscaping Capital Improvement ProjectsApril 4,2017 - The City of Pasadena’s Recreation and Parks Commission will discuss recommended projects for parks and landscaping and Arroyo Seco projects funded under the Capital Improvement Program for fiscal years 2017 through 2022 during its regular meeting at the City Yards Second Floor on Tuesday, April 4, starting at 6 p.m.
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. -
When it rains, Los Angeles sends billions of gallons of 'free liquid gold' down the drainMarch 8, 2017 - No question LA doesn't take full advantage of its rainfall, scant though it may be. But is financing for stormwater cleanup and storage the only problem. How about overpaving our communities and the various water-related agencies that are fumbling the ball?
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. -
Trump Administration Takes Aim at Clean Water RuleMarch 1, 2017 - "An executive order issued yesterday by Donald Trump puts in motion a process to do away with an Obama administration-era ruling on which waters are protected under the Clean Water Act."
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.
“Trout Scout’ finds water, critical habitat conditions, in Arroyo SecoFebruary 16, 2017 - John Goraj reports on a trout scouting trip in the Arroyo Seco.
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.
How much storm water is LA catching?January 23, 2017 - KPCC examines storm water capture in the Los Angeles area, what is being done and what can be done to improve the efficiency.
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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