January 2017

Plans for New Arroyo Vision Initiated

Pasadena city staff has released an informational agenda report for the January 30th City Council meeting that outlines their approach to explore the new Arroyo Vision that Mayor Terry Tornek has called for in several recent statements, including his State of the City Address on January 18. The report discloses that a national consulting firm, HR&A, has been engaged to assist Pasadena staff for a six month process to investigate ways to better manage the Arroyo and develop financial support for improvements. City Manager Steve Mermell and Rose Bowl General Manager Darrell Dunn have also appointed an advisory group of sixteen local residents to assist them.

ASF is cautiously optimistic about Mayor Tornek's call for a new Arroyo Vision, but the staff report leaves us concerned about the structure and policy direction of the effort. With only a few exceptions, the advisory group does not include the many community activists and organizations who have been dedicated to preserving the Arroyo over the years. These are the people who know the sad history of empty promises and unfulfilled plans. The report fails to acknowledge the critical role and contribution of organizations like the Arroyo Seco Foundation, which has developed more than $23 million in funding for Arroyo projects over the last 25 years. While the staff report mentions that the Arroyo is "the City's most precious and distinctive natural resource," it doesn't place any emphasis on managing the Arroyo as the environmental treasure that it is.

How You Can Get Involved - ASF wants to ensure that the shaping of the new Arroyo vision will be guided by history and community involvement. If you would like to participate in making sure this happens, please send us an email at arroyovision@arroyoseco.org.

Pasadena Staff Report: Arroyo Vision

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How Big Has the Storm Been?

We are very pleased to welcome the recent rains and the benefits they will have for the Arroyo Seco Watershed. The storms have officially been declared a disaster, but the benefits to the Arroyo Seco have only been positive. Let's look at how big the storm has been, using the data from the US Geological Survey stream gauge about half a mile above the JPL bridge in the Arroyo.

This Week - This chart illustrates the streamflow in the Arroyo Seco for the last week. It has risen from 10 cubic feet per second (cfs) to a high of just over 200 cfs last Sunday. The flow has steadily declined since then to about 25 cfs today. (Click on the graph for a larger image.)

Historic - How does the compare with historic storms? This chart shows the peak flow for each year for the last 102 years. As you can see, there have been scores of storms that have been far larger than this year's storms, with the largest flows being in 1938 and 1969 at about 8,500 cfs compared to this week's measly 200 cfs.

Of course, the impacts have been severe in recent burn areas, but don't let the weather announcers or the Flood Control District deceive you about the severity of the storm in the Arroyo Seco.

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News of the Arroyo

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

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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.

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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