Looking Back at 2010 and Forward to 2011

January 1, 2011 § 2 Comments

New year’s greetings from the Los Angeles River – Thanks to Netty Carr for this vintage postcard view!

On behalf of all of us Los Angeles Creek Freaks here – Jessica Hall, Joe Linton, Jane Tsong and Joshua Link – Happy New Year!

2010 began and ended with wonderful powerful rain storms. It was full of big creek stories – from the threatened oak woodlands in Arcadia, to the unveiling of the beautiful new Elmer Avenue green street project, and the long awaited river path opened in Elysian Valley.

The Los Angeles River was declared traditionally navigable!

Restoration projects moved forward at Malibu Lagoon, North Atwater Park, Long Beach, Glendale and, ojalá, the Piggyback Yard. The peskiest plastic bags were banned; low impact development was mandated. Creeks saw setbacks in Hahamongna, West Athens and Arcadia, and great historic bridges remain slated for demolition.

L.A. Creek Freak expanded into Facebook and Twitter – friend us and follow us!

Creek Freak’s team of volunteers have done our level best to get the word out on these issues, and much more. Since we started in July 2008, we’ve published 402 posts! We’ve been heartened by your 1523 comments… if you like (or don’t like) what we do, please drop us a comment. What was your favorite creek story in 2010? What are you looking forward to in 2011? What would you like us to cover more in 2011?

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§ 2 Responses to Looking Back at 2010 and Forward to 2011

  • Joe Linton says:

    Received via email:

    Greetings Joe and LACF Team Members:

    So, what am I looking forward to in 2011?

    How about California Watershed Network‘s “Watershed Day in the Capitol” on January 26th with Darla Guenzler from the California Coalition of Land Trusts talking about the new legislation needed to protect community based volunteers?

    How about John McCaull talking about the state of the State’s finances – especially the bond funds that so many of our restoration projects depend on?

    How about walking the halls of our Senators and Assembly Members chatting up their staffers and handing them info on our projects?

    Plus more surprises!

    Best of all, “Watershed Day in the Capitol” is cheap! Only $35! So come on up for a day of education, outreach and even some fun! Register now at: http://www.watershednetwork.org.

    Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t also include another great event . . .

    29th Annual Salmonid Restoration Federation Conference
    March 23 – 26, 2011
    San Luis Obispo, CA

    There is nothing, and I mean nothing, like a “Fish-Head” conference! Check it out at: http://www.calsalmon.org/

    So, those are things that I am looking forward to!

    Thanks,

    Mike Wellborn
    California Watershed Network
    michael [at] watershednetwork.org

    • Jessica Hall says:

      Thanks Mike! I’ve been fortunate to attend several Salmonid conferences, and definitely look forward to this year’s in SLO! Always a good -and informative – time.

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