April 2016

Special Earth Day Edition: Think Globally, Act Locally

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No Big Dig Lawsuit: Hear the Latest from Attorney Mitchell Tsai

It's been quiet since the No Big Dig lawsuit was filed more than 16 months ago, but LA County Flood Control District is still pursuing its devastating plan to scrape the Hahamongna basin down to levels that haven't been seen since 1935. In this video presentation, Mitchell Tsai gives the inside scoop about the lawsuit filed by the Arroyo Seco Foundation (ASF) and Pasadena Audubon for a sensible, sustainable sediment management program in the Arroyo Seco and what's really holding up the County.

Learn the Medicinal Use of Native Plants

Nursery Manager Nicholas Hummingbird will be teaching an evening class on Saturday, April 30th at Hahamongna Cooperative Nursery on how to use native plants for landscaping, medicine and food. The class will teach participants how to incorporate native plants into the conventional landscape for healing, habitat restoration and sustainability. It's a powerful and inspirational presentation.

Whatever Happened to the Godzilla El Niño?

The widely promised El Niño storms didn't show up at all this year. Sediment from Devil's Gate Dam didn't flood the Rose Bowl. Local rainfall, in fact, was only 58% of normal for the wet season. What happened? And what does it mean for future weather in our region in the era of climate change? Here's what the credible scientists say.

Styrofoam Showdown at Pasadena City Hall

Polystyrene is one of Pasadena's greatest environmental offenders. It frequently clogs the Arroyo stream, fouls our environment, cannot be recycled, and lasts forever. A citizens' task force has made a strong recommendation, but industry lobbyists have promised economic doom, even though 90 cities in California have already enacted styrofoam bans.

Take action! Join us this Tuesday at 4 pm for the key City Council Committee meeting. Help move our region toward a greener future.

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Francisco Fernandez - Water Policy Initiative Intern

Interns have played an important role at ASF over the years, studying a wide variety of resource and environmental issues. This month we salute Cal State LA engineering graduate Francisco Fernandez, who has been studying stormwater capture techniques in the Arroyo Seco Watershed for the last year.

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.

Click on the title link to read the event details.

Saturday, April 23, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Celebrate Earth Day with North East Trees

Where:Ascot Hills Park, 4371 Multnomah St., Los Angeles, CA 90032

Description: Come for a day of planting, food and fun! RSVP: Melissa Gomez @ Melissa@Northeasttrees.org or (323) 403-4164

Saturday, April 23, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Earth Day LA

Where: Discovery Cube Los Angeles

Description: LA Sanitation is hosting its first citywide Earth Day LA event. There will be a stage with a DJ and community performances as well as a community bike ride/walk and a local community clean-up. We'll bring our trash trucks for the kids as well as a variety of booths, games, educational materials, and giveaways.

Sunday, April 24, 9:00 am - 11:00 noon
Nursery Volunteer Day

Where: Hahamongna Cooperative Nursery, 4550 Oak Grove Dr, Pasadena, California 91103

Description: Right now there is plenty to do at the nursery! This Sunday we will be working on planting up our many seedlings that were sown months ago and are ready to grow into individual containers. Along with ongoing nursery improvement needs, we will continue to spread mulch on the weeded areas and native plantings.

Saturday, April 30, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Medicinal Native Plants Class

Where: Hahamongna Cooperative Nursery, 4550 Oak Grove Dr.,Pasadena CA 91103

Description: Nursery Manager Nick Hummingbird will lead a fascinating workshop on the healing and medicinal uses of native plants. This is an event not to be missed! From oak woodlands to the alluvial fan scrub, we have a hotspot of biodiversity here in our own backyard!

News of the Arroyo

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

Click on the title link to read the story.

Goodbye El Nino, hello La Nina, the ‘diva of drought’Arpil 15, 2016 - Disappointed by the Godzilla El Niño? Get ready to be disappointed by La Niña.
How the Rams’ Inglewood Stadium affects business at the Rose Bowl, LA ColiseumApril 10, 2016 - The Star-News analyses the history and the prospects of the Rose Bowl in the light of a new professional football stadium in Ingelwood.
Going Both WaysApril 7, 2016 - An Arroyo Music and Art Festival plus the National Football? Is that the deal? Pasadena Council changes Arroyo Seco Public Lands Ordinance.
Inner Beauty SalonMarch 28, 2016 - Beneath the 134 Freeway bridge spanning the Arroyo, a wonderful assemblage of people have gathered at Arroyo del Rey, the home of Carol Soucek and Richard King, for insights and intellectual stimulation for more than twenty years.
South Pas Woman’s Club Urges Donations for Reforestation ProjectMarch 23, 2016 - The Woman's Club of South Pasadena is building support for a tree-planting program in the Angeles National Forest.
Water-Wise GardeningMarch 17, 2016 - The Theodore Payne Garden tour will feature several water-conserving gardens in the local area.
What's Up With All the California Eucalyptus? March 17, 2016 - A brief and entertaining history of the Eucalyptus in California. - - -
How a Monster El Niño Transforms the World’s WeatherMarch 16, 2016 - Here's a good explanation of the global impacts of El Niño and its local effects from KQED. - -

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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