Quick Mends: Fighting the good fight from Vermont to the Hahamonga

Dating from 1943, it's fair to ask what purpose this federal dam serves today (Jim Burns).
Dating from 1943, it’s fair to ask what purpose this federal dam atop the Hahamonga watershed serves today (Jim Burns).

All right, even on the West Coast, we realize Vermont is famous for maple syrup, but what about the American Museum of Fly Fishing in Manchester, Vt.? Not so much.

Still, according to American River’s River Blog, the two organizations have partnered up to highlight eco-education. At a recent AMFF meeting, Steve White, who runs American Rivers’ Anglers Fund, talked about  protection and restoration of vital fish habitat through dam removals, and Wild and Scenic designations, among other topics.

Meanwhile, the PBS NewsHour continues to cover restoration efforts for California’s  San Joaquin River, which may be the largest river restoration project in the country. These troubled financial times may set the project back several decades, a project in which $100 million has been spent thus far, with a projected cost of $2 billion.

Closer to home, the Arroyo Seco Foundation and a bevy of environmental activists wonder why Edison continues to receive an E-ticket ride to trash the Hahamonga habitat in the verdant canyon area next to the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena. At issue, the city of Pasadena granted Edison a utility easement through Hahamongna Watershed Park for its power poles heading north/south to Jet Propulsion Laboratory more than 60 years ago. The giant electric utility claims that the easement gives it the right to maintain access to the poles that lead along the west side of the park from near Devil’s Gate Dam all the way up to JPL, according to ASF’s website.

Concerned residents have lobbied the city and are ready to fight the utility, particularly after losing the battle to protect the Arcadia Oak Grove in 2011. What the Los Angeles Times described as a “a prized grove of more than 200 oaks and sycamores,” owned by the county Department of Public Works, was reduced to stumps and sawdust as the agency prepared the site to take on 500,000 cubic yards of silt, rocks and vegetation to be scooped out of Santa Anita Reservoir.

Meanwhile, we’re all waiting for the verdict of the U.S. Army Corps on the restoration of the Los Angeles River. Watch this space to find out which of the various proposals will get the green light.

See you on the river, Jim Burns

One thought on “Quick Mends: Fighting the good fight from Vermont to the Hahamonga”

  1. When JPL made its plan to remove its employee parking lot from the upper Arroyo Seco watershed aka Hahamongna, it didn’t know (and maybe it didn’t care) that some officials in the City of Pasadena would want to build new roads and add new recreational parking on the same spot . Looking down on the JPL parking lot from space, it looks glaringly out of place in a riverbed. A polluting concession made to the internal combustion engine at the headwaters of the Arroyo Seco, Los Angeles River and the sea, is not befitting a world renown institution for advanced science.

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