In a luncheon speech to the Rotary Club, Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek called for a "broad and deep discussion about the Arroyo" in the next year. "I believe we must develop a vision for the entire Arroyo and examine new models for governance and operations in the Arroyo," Tornek said.
ASF welcomes Mayor Tornek's call and looks forward to a renewed commitment to protecting and preserving our region's most important environmental treasure.
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 candidates 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.
The LA County Flood Control District tried hard. They held three public meetings recently to unveil the mitigation program they propose to accompany their massive sediment removal program behind Devil's Gate Dam in Hahamongna Watershed Park, but the public wasn't convinced>
All you have to do is to look at the abundant local coverage of the County's meetings and related activity:
The recent discovery of a pair of Least Bell's Vireo, a federally endangered bird found only in wetland areas, could throw a monkey wrench in the County Flood Control District's plans to excavate the Hahamongna basin. Another federal endangered species, the burrowing owl, has also recently shown up. The Flood Control District's environmental documentation largely ignored recorded sightings of the federally listed endangered species as well as California species of special concern, namely the yellow warbler and the yellow-breasted chat. "These recent sightings should really focus the regulators on the importance of protecting critical habitat like Hahamongna and enforcing the Endangered Species Act," said Mitchell M. Tsai, attorney for the Arroyo Seco Foundation and Pasadena Audubon in the No Big Dig Lawsuit.
Interim City Manager Steve Mermel withdraws eviction notice and instructs city staff to develop a lease for the thriving native plant nursery. Advisory Committee vote and strong community support make the difference.
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The abandoned nursery site in Hahamongna on the former US Forest Service Ranger Station has really blossomed since ASF moved in last February to grow native plants for the Arroyo Seco Canyon Project. On January 12, 2016 ASF sent a letter of application to Pasadena's new Public Works Director, Ara Maloyan, to begin the process of securing a long-term lease of the 1/3rd acre site. In the last year ASF and our volunteers have decisively proven that we can operate a model native plant nursery with tremendous benefits for Pasadena and the community. We hope you will support our application for the long-term use of the site.
The trees in our region have been under extraordinary stress in recent years. Five long years of drought have weakened many of trees and made them more susceptible to persistent pests like the Polyfaguous Shot Hole Bore which is spreading rapidly and threatening new trees. But is the solution to simply cut down threatened trees and hope for the best? Pasadena, chopped down seven ancient oaks in Hahamogna Watershed Park on Christmas Eve and has plans to remove hundreds of trees especially in the natural lands of the Arroyo Seco. Pasadena Public Works officials call it necessary maintenance, but their actions are destroying the character of the rare oak grove in Hahamongna and of the Arroyo Seco itself.
We call on the City of Pasadena to:
The 2015 Arroyo Verde Awards were held December 13, 2015 at Los Angeles County Fire Camp #2 at the Northwest Corner of Hahamongna. Congratulations to all the awardees and those who came to celebrate the Arroyo!
The event couldn't have been a success without the wonderful dishes everyone brought and the heartfelt speeches each awardee made. We look forward to 2016. Keep in mind those who make an impact in 2016 for next years nominations.
There have been several changes regarding the court hearing on the lawsuit regarding LA County Flood Control District's program to excavate 2.4 million cubic yards of sediment from behind Devil's Gate Dam in Hahamongna Watershed Park and to truck it to distant landfills. There is now a new judge and the initial hearing has now been backed up until some time later this year.
Here's the news briefing explaining the Hahamongna sediment lawsuit filed by the Arroyo Seco Foundation and the Pasadena Audubon Society against the Los Angeles County Flood Control District sediment mining and trucking operation from behind Devil's Gate Dam in Hahamongna Watershed Park. ASF's Tim Brick, Laura Garrett, Conservation Chair of PAS and attorney Mitchell Tsai are featured in the video explaining their concerns and the issues that will be contested in the No Big Dig lawsuit.
LA County Flood Control District's sediment removal program for Devil's Gate Dam in Hahamongna Watershed Park is deeply flawed. It's an old-style mining and trucking operation with devastating impacts on the nature and character of Hahamongna Watershed Park and on the surrounding communities.
The Canyon Project is an innovative program to improve water resources and environmental conditions in the Arroyo co-sponsored by the Arroyo Seco Foundation and Pasadena Water & Power Department.More
By a mysterious process that no one will explain, the Arroyo Seco and the southwest corner of the Angeles National Forest were eliminated at the last minute from the newly announced San Gabriel Mountains National Monument.
Congresswoman Judy Chu has now proposed legislation that would expand the boundaries of the national monument to include all of the treasures of the Angeles National Forest.More
Here's a great way to get involved in the Arroyo Seco restoration. Join the Arroyo Seco Stream Team