Month: April 2023

Earth Day hope: The sweet, sweet West Fork runs clear

If there’s one waterway that encompasses the struggles of nature in this post-modern age, it’s the West Fork of the San Gabriel. While it provides a respite from our metropolis, as a place to learn and practice fly fishing, ride a bike as far up the canyon as you can, or just hang out wondering what the hatch is, you can feel the magic, a renewal that goes deeper than natural beauty, radiating from the land itself.

I used to take my now-grown son here, pulling him along on his inlines behind my old bike. I’ve had my heart soar with uplift current-riding red tail hawks, had it broken by endless amounts of trash left by the careless, had it lifted again by volunteers who worked tirelessly to save the remaining fish after the devastating Bobcat Fire. This is the place I come to mend my broken heart, a place to gather strength and hope for the future.

So on this Earth Day, I offer a video from the intrepid Steve Kuchensky shot on April 15. Steve reports water temperature was 56 degrees. The silt is gone; the mud is gone and that beautiful water flows like no other! Meanwhile, CJ Vapenik, talked with an angler who caught a trout on a dry. We love to stretch the truth on the water, but this truth is gold. A guy caught a fish on a dry while he was wading on the West Fork in 2023!

Now that makes my Earth Day complete.

See you on the water, Jim Burns

LA River spill closes some beaches


The spill is the second to affect Long Beach in two months. (Credit: Long Beach Local News)

Just two days before Earth Day, health officials closed all coastal swimming areas in Long Beach after 250,000 gallons of raw sewage spilled into the Los Angeles River in Downey on Thursday morning. Read the whole story on Patch >>HERE.

Looking for an Earth Day event?

Join LA Waterkeeper this Saturday, from 9-11am, for an impactful Earth Day at the North Atwater Park entrance to the LA River. Alongside Golden Road Brewing and STIIIZY, volunteers will be engaged in a three-part activity:

  • River 101 guided nature walk + water sampling
  • Trail, park and community trash cleanup 
  • DIY wildflower seed bomb activity

And don’t forget to join us for a post-cleanup event from 11:30-1:30pm at the Pub at Golden Road-Atwater Village. 21+ volunteers will receive a special ‘Thank You’ from Golden Road.

To register >> CLICK HERE