Such memories still exist within the minds of Arroyo old-timers. Memories of an Arroyo Seco as a living river, an Arroyo with dark forests, verdant trails and trout darting through the stream. As it
May 3, 2015 - Arroyo old-timers still have memories of an Arroyo Seco as a living river, an Arroyo with dark forests, verdant trails and trout darting through the stream. As it was before, so it can be again!
The Central Arroyo ca. 1913.
"In and out among the trees, a trail has been worn, often leading down to the bed of the brook; and here one can wander for hours… in this leafy retreat, with the birds singing all about, and trout darting from the horse’s feet."
-Charles Holder, “All about Pasadena”
The Arroyo Seco has been named one of the best candidates for urban stream restoration in the United States, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is currently formulating various alternative plans that could turn that vision into a reality. The Corps’ Arroyo Seco Ecosystem Restoration Integrated Feasibility Program provides an enormous opportunity for massive river restoration throughout the urban portion of the Arroyo watershed.
What does this mean?
The objective of the plan is to remove as much of the cement channel as possible, and to restore a natural soft-bottom stream. This change will enhance the quantity and quality of aquatic, wetland, and riparian habitat — meaning a natural stream environment that will support more fish, more plants, and more birds.
The Corps’ vision of a restored Arroyo at its confluence with the LA River. (Photo – US Army Corps of Engineers).
In addition, along the restored stream, the Army Corps is considering the expansion of biking and hiking trails. The Corps may also add educational signage and other amenities to enhance the visitor’s appreciation of the newly restored stream.
The Arroyo Seco Foundation has developed a guiding vision for this restoration — the Arroyo River Parks Program. This program would link existing parks and open spaces to each other and to the river, thereby connecting the surrounding Arroyo communities. Imagine being able to walk, hike, or ride from Altadena to Downtown L.A. through a series of beautiful, connected River Parks!
Public participation will play a critical role in determining which of the alternative plans the Army Corps of Engineers will recommend. The Corps is currently accepting comments on the Notice of Preparation for the plan until May 23.
Join the Arroyo Seco Foundation in advocating for the most expansive plan for restoring the Arroyo. Together, we can return the Arroyo Seco stream to its original splendor.