June 2014

Hike to Brown Canyon Barrier Dam

Brown Mountain Dam This Saturday, June 14, ASF Outreach Coordinator Tim Martinez will lead a hike to Brown Canyon Barrier Dam. Tim will lead the way along the ruins of the old 1920s road to Camp Oakwilde, discussing the history and plants of the Upper Arroyo. One of the first stops on our hike will be at Teddy's Outpost, the former location of a small roadside resort open from 1914 to 1926.

Brown Canyon Barrier Dam, built in 1942 by the US Forest Service, was an early attempt to control floods and sediment in the San Gabriel Mountains. Although full and no longer functional, the dam remains in place, preventing the flow of nutrients and passage of fish and wildlife that is vital to healthy stream ecologies. During the Station Fire in 2009 the trail up a nearby slope over the dam was destroyed, so now the dam blocks the passage of travellers on the Gabrielino Trail, the national trail that proceeds up the Arroyo.

Click here fore more details about Saturday's hike!

Army Corps of Engineers Recommends Alternative 20

May 28, 2014 — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced that they will recommend the $1-billion Alternative 20 of the Los Angeles River ARBOR Study to Congress. This comes after several months of debate over which of three alternatives to choose. Eventually broad local support from the grassroots up and L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti's proposal for a 50/50 cost share convinced the Corps to choose the most ambitious and comprehensive package for an eleven mile stretch of the river.

As the hosts of last September's River Rally in Marsh Park, we want to thank you to everyone who has supported expansive habitat restoration. From the initial stage, through last September's River Rally and up to the present, your involvement has made the difference.

We still have some Alt 20 souvenir buttons available at www.arroyoseco.org/shop.

Supplies Needed for Canyon Project Nursery

Thanks again to everyone who helped work on the nursery at Hahamongna last month! For the next phase, we could use the loan of the following tools for about three days: generator, leaf rakes, shovels, picks/mattocks, and hoes.

These items would be a huge help as well: small glass jars, plastic containers with lids, or used plant pots from nurseries.

Finally, we will need a mini fridge for the storage and prepation of certain seeds for propagation.

Any support would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Rebecca Shields Moose at rebecca@arroyoseco.org with questions or offers. Thank you!

Remember the drought!

Drought Map

High temperatures and the numerous recent fires are reminders that we all need to keep doing our part to conserve water for when it is most needed. Visit our conservation page and learn more about how you can help.

Don't forget that there are many rebates available for conservation investments around your home or business. Visit socalwatersmart.com or contact your local water provider for more information.

ASF at Levitt Pavilion Pasadena

ASF is excited to be exhibiting at Levitt Pavilion Pasadena's free summer concert festival in Memorial Park Pasadena on three nights this summer:

  • Thu, June 19: Dublab presents The Album Leaf & Bell Gardens
  • Wed, July 9: The Party Animals
  • Fri, August 8: BMI Summer Nights: Ceci Bastida
  • Come and enjoy an evening of fun and entertainment, and don't forget to drop by and say hi!

    You can find more information about summer events and activities on the Arroyo Seco Calendar.

    Arroyo Seco Calendar

    Your guide to special events related to the Arroyo Seco, the Los Angeles River,
    the San Gabriel Mountains, and key environmental issues in our region.

    Sat, June 14
    Hike to Brown Mountain Dam
    9 – 12pm
    Main Parking Lot, 2800 N. Windsor Avenue, Pasadena 91001
    Hike to discover the natural beauty of the Arroyo Seco — and the long neglected Brown Mountain Dam. Join local native plant enthusiast and Arroyo Seco Foundation Outreach Coordinator Tim Martinez on this morning hike through the shady canyon.
    Thu, June 19
    Levitt Pavilion Pasadena: Dublab presents The Album Leaf & Bell Gardens
    6:30 – 10pm
    Pasadena Memorial Park, Pasadena 91101
    Levitt Pavilion Pasadena makes live music accessible to all, creating stronger and more connected communities, while celebrating the diversity of cultures, promoting appreciation of the arts, and enriching family values through 50 FREE concerts each year. The Arroyo Seco Foundation will be exhibiting at this concert to promote water conservation and discuss local watershed issues. Come say hi and enjoy an evening of fun and music!
    Sat, June 21
    Northeast Los Angeles Riverfront Collaborative Open House
    10am – 12pm
    RAC Design Build, 3048 N. Coolidge Ave, Los Angeles 90039
    After over a year and a half of engaging the Northeast Los Angeles riverfront communities, the collaborative is excited to invite you to the final Northeast Los Angeles Riverfront Collaborative Open House. At the open house we will share with the community the final NELA Riverfront District Vision Plan that came out of the community engagement activities and celebrate the NELA riverfront neighborhoods of Atwater Village, Cypress Park, Elysian Valley, Glassell Park, and Lincoln Heights. The Vision Plan documents ideas we heard from the community to improve the NELA Riverfront area and recommendations that we feel can effectively deliver these improvements to the L.A. River and its surrounding Northeast Los Angeles riverfront neighborhoods.
    Sun, June 22
    2nd Annual Midnight Mission 5/10K Run/Walk
    6 – 10am
    Hahamongna Watershed Park, Foothill Blvd & Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena 91011
    The 5K course is fast, flat, and covers two historical bridges & watershed trails along the way. The 10K continues on towards Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), passes through a third historic bridge and loops around the watershed area. Breathtaking views of the foothills. The run will start and finish near the festivities. A special commemorative finisher medallion, dry-fit performance shirt will be given to all pre-registered participants.

    News of the Arroyo

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

    Click on the title link to read the entire story.

    Searching for elusive steelhead trout in the Los Angeles RiverMay 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.
    New plan on Devil's Gate should be adopted: EditorialMay 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.
    Station Fire Closure to Expire, Strawberry Peak Loop OpensMay 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.
    The Unsung Heroes of the Colorado River Delta Pulse FlowMay 28, 2014 — Water from the Colorado River reaches the delta in Mexico after many years.
    Pasadena Council to discuss forming 710 Freeway task forceJune 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.

    Arroyo Seco Foundation
    Los Angeles River Center, 570 W. Avenue 26 #450, Los Angeles, CA 90065
    PO Box 91622, Pasadena, CA 91109
    (323) 405-7326 | info@arroyoseco.org

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