August 2016

Supervisor's Race Could Be Key to Big Dig

Election Day in November could have a big impact on LA County's Big Dig Plan for Hahamongna. There's sure to be big changes when the new board takes their seats in January.

How will Mike Antonovich's successor come down on the Flood Control District's devastating $100 million plan for Devil's Gate Dam in Hahamongna Watershed Park? His veteran chief of staff Katherine Barger is facing off against entrepreneur Darrell Park. Will either of these candidate show the leadership to broker a long-term, sustainable sediment management plan that can protect Hahamongna and our neighborhoods from environmental destruction while providing flood protection. Or will the new supervisor simply rubber-stamp the 400+ double-bedded, diesel-spewing trucks per day for the next five years to clog our streets and neighborhoods and permanently destroy the Arroyo streamzone? That's a question that voters in the Fifth Supervisorial District deserve to have answered.

Ask the candidates where they stand: Kathryn Barger  |  Darrell Park

Hahamongna Is Our Environmental Legacy

Why is Hahamongna so special? Why are so many people working hard to protect this rare natural treasure? Tim Brick, Managing Director of the Arroyo Seco Foundation, provides some of the history to the Pasadena City Council on December 9, 2013 in comments about the Los Angeles County Flood Control District's Big Dig sediment trucking program. "This is our environmental legacy. This is the test of our commitment to sustainability."

Hurry Up and Wait

The US Army Corps of Engineers Arroyo Seco Ecosystem Study, which has been underway for more than 15 years, has again been delayed. USACE officials now say that they will release the "Tentatively Selected Plan" for Arroyo Seco ecosystem restoration in October, although there has been little stakeholder input or participation in the plan being developed. County officials promised that local agencies and stakeholders will have the opportunity to developed a "Locally Preferred Alternative," such as the Alternative 20 plan adopted by the City of Los Angeles for the LA River Corps program.

ASF has recently written a letter to Congressman Adam Schiff expressing concerns about the lack of public participation and that continued delays in the study could lead to cancellation of the Arroyo Seco program."

Watershed Academy Associates

We salute the participants in the 2016 Arroyo Seco Watershed Academy Summer Program

  • Sierra Lauman - Cal Poly Pomona
  • Sierra Raby - UC Berkeley
  • Brianna House - CalState LA
  • Holly Schiefelbein - CalState LB
  • Olga Mertsalova - Oregon State
  • Sally Gee - Harvard University
  • Annakaren Ramirez - UC Berkeley
  • Abdifatah Mohamud - Ohio State
  • Chrystene Ai Newman - CalState Dominguez Hills
  • Kristin Arakawa - UC Santa Barbra
  • Robert Machuca - UCLA
  • John Goraj - Oregon State

One of the highlights of the summer internship training program was the hike to Eaton Canyon Falls.

San Gabriel Mountains Monument Draft Plan Released

The Angeles National Forest has released the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument Draft Management Plan & Environmental Assessment for public review. The document is available here: Draft Management Plan & Environmental Assessment The Monument Management Plan starts on page 169; the deadline for comments has not yet been announced, but it is expected to be near the end of September.

We Are Grateful to Patagonia for their Generous Support of Hahamongna Cooperative Nursery

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.

Thousands of lives could be saved in California by stricter air pollution limits, study findsAugust 10, 2016 - After years of tightening air quality standards, Los Angeles and our region still leads the nation in annual deaths caused by smog and air pollution leading to 134 avoidable deaths each year.
Los Angeles area's air quality the deadliest in the nation, researchers sayAugust 10, 2016 - A new report from the American Thoracic Society documents that air quality n Southern California is the worst in the nation, leading to more than 1300 deaths per year just in the Los Angeles/Long Beach/Glendale area. - - -
NOAA and partners speed up restoration projects for protected fishAugust 3, 2016 - Federal agencies are accelerating the review and implementation of habitat restoration projects that benefit the Southern California Coast steelhead due to the severe drought conditions.
Clean up L.A. River once and for us allAugust 2, 2016 - Time to clean up the LA River for real editorializes the Pasadena Star-News.
Frank Gehry Calls L.A. River "Disgusting," Stresses Urgency of Development PlanAugust 2, 2016 - "The 'star-chitect' spoke Monday night at the Walt Disney Concert Hall" on his work to redevelop the Los Angeles River. -
Getting to the Source: Water Quality on the LA RiverAugust 2, 2016 - LA River Expeditions tries to make sense of reports on water quality in recreational areas along the main stem of the LA River.
National Parks May Be The Thing That Will Bring Us All TogetherJuly 28, 2016 - "Terry Tempest Williams believes if we can learn to listen to the land, we might learn to listen to each other." - -
County "Big Dig" Plan, Which Would Send Thousands of Truck Trips Rumbling Along Local Streets, Looms Large at Arroyo Seco MeetingJuly 21, 2016 - Eddie Rivera of Pasadena Now reports on the Arroyo Seco Foundation's meeting at the Central Pasadena Library on "What Does It Mean to Restore the Arroyo." LA County's sediment mining and trucking plan for Devil's Gate Dam was a major topic of discussion.
County officials and conservationists still at odds as sediment-removal plan at Devil's Gate Dam moves forwardJuly 21, 2016 - Dueling views of LA County Flood Control District's sediment program for Devil's Gate Dam were presented with a walkthough of the area sponsored by the Arroyo Seco Foundation followed by a community meeting in La Caņada sponsored by the Flood Control District.
How to Restore an Urban River?July 19, 2016 - The Nature Conservancy is taking a disappointing view of the type of restoration they hope for in the LA River. "Habitat enhancement," they call it, rather than "habitat restoration."

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 |

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