Cyclist Creek Freaks: Steward Malibu Creek June 23 2012

May 31, 2012 § Leave a comment

Volunteer crews at an earlier Mountains Restoration Trust Malibu Creek event

If you bike and you want to help out Malibu Creek, then here’s an event for you. On Saturday June 23rd from 9am-12noon, the Mountains Restoration Trust and Heal the Bay are hosting a work day to remove invasive plants at Malibu Creek State Park. Malibu Creek is one of the last remaining steelhead trout streams in Southern California.  « Read the rest of this entry »

Youth Research Symposium Explores the L.A. River

May 30, 2012 § Leave a comment

Youth Research Symposium L.A. River revitalization model of the river through downtown, including detailed replication of river graffiti. More photos below.

I had the pleasure of attending a Youth Research Symposium last Saturday May 26th 2012. The event took place at L.A. Trade Tech College, and was presented by the Asian Pacific American Legal Center‘s Leadership Development in Interethnic Relations. Through I got involved in this a little through bicycling issues, via the new non-profit effort Bikas, I was impressed that many of the student research projects focused on the future of the Los Angeles River. I am encouraged about the prospects for L.A.’s future when so many of L.A.’s youth leadership are focusing on projects I’ve been actively pushing for: making L.A. more bicycle-friendly and revitalizing the L.A. River!  « Read the rest of this entry »

A small role in a Big Parade

May 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

I had the pleasure of meeting up with the Big Parade today as they walked along the Los Angeles River. If you’re unfamiliar with this event, it’s a walk that meanders through Los Angeles stairways, neighborhoods, etc – see their website. Part of their two-day this weekend included a stretch of the Glendale Narrows, so my friend, who’s the walking-force behind the parade, Dan Koeppel invited me to talk with the group.

The Big Parade picking me up at Confluence Plaza

I gave a very brief intro after meeting up with the group at Confluence Plaza, then we walked over the soon-to-be-demolished-and-freewayified Riverside-Figueroa Bridge to their lunch stop at Steelhead Park. I spoke about the past, present and future of the L.A. River.  « Read the rest of this entry »

A message from Heal the Bay

April 26, 2012 § 1 Comment

We received – and are forwarding –  an announcement by our friends at the Heal the Bay.  The following piece is from Kirsten James, HTB’s Water Quality Director.

The federal Clean Water Act turns 40 this year. Water quality has come a long way since 1972 but we’ve still got a lot of work to do to ensure that our waters remain safe and healthy. Our nation’s rivers are no longer catching on fire (e.g. the Cuyahoga River, circa 1969) but the battle for our creaks and rivers in Los Angeles rages on.

One of the pillars of the CWA is the stormwater permitting program. Municipal stormwater permits regulate all urban runoff discharge from separate storm sewer systems, so-called MS4s. Because stormwater is the No. 1 source of coastal pollution in California, these permits are a big deal for ensuring public health for those who recreate in our local waters. It’s also a major part of my job – ensuring that water quality regulations are as protective as they can be. And now ocean lovers have a major fight on their hands in Los Angeles County.

In 2001, the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board adopted a municipal stormwater permit for Los Angeles County. The Regional Board is now considering a new permit for the county, after years of delay. As the board begins making critical decisions regarding the new permit, Heal the Bay is concerned about lobbying interests looking to weaken existing protections.

Board hearings over the summer will determine the fate of our local water quality for the next decade or more. We are at a fork in the road in terms of local water quality, with many cities and dischargers fighting hard to relax hard-won regulations that prevent them from dumping pollution into our waterways.

Our Regional Board can do the right thing and place strong protections (including pollution limits or TMDLs and low impact development requirements) in the permit. Or, they can make decisions that could result in dirtier water, and a higher risk of getting sick anytime you swim or surf. Heal the Bay will do everything we can to ensure that they make the right choice. We hope you will join us in the fight!

If you care about protecting the ocean and public health, we need you to make your voice heard. We need beachgoers of all stripes to attend a Regional Board workshop on May 3 designed to gather community input about local water quality regulations.

To fight for clean rivers, beaches and oceans, join our campaign: Taking L.A. by Storm (download flyer).

Attend the May 3 Regional Board workshop, the first of the hearings this summer, and let them know you want to be able safely swim at our beaches or fish in our rivers. Please help protect what you love.

To join us, RSVP with your name, email and ZIP Code.

Events, events….

April 3, 2012 § 2 Comments

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Creek Freak occasionally posts events – although we can’t possibly catch everything that is happening in the watersheds.  Here’s two that came our way that might be of interest, although not directly creeky:

TOMORROW, APRIL 4 – VANISHING OF THE BEES

The Sierra Club’s Pasadena Group will be screening the documentary “Vanishing of the Bees” at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday 4/4 (tomorrow) at the Eaton Canyon Nature Center. The film explores the mysterious disappearance of honeybees around the world, a phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder. The agricultural, ecological, and economic implications are examined in this expertly researched and skillfully crafted documentary narrated by Ellen Page. For directions/information, visit the Eaton Canyon Nature Center website at http://www.ecnca.org.

 

THURSDAY APRIL 12 – OPENING OF ATWATER PARK CREEK RESTORATION

Thanks to Nishith Dhandha who added this to our comments section!

9:30am, 3900 W. Chevy Chase Drive  Los Angeles, California 90039.

Creekfreak has been following this project for a while – here’s posts: 1 2 3 4

 

SUNDAY APRIL 15 – PRISK GARDEN OPEN HOUSE

From Creek Freak and master native gardener Mike Letteriello:

Our Open House is Sunday, April 15, from one to four p.m.  Garden is in the Los Altos area of Long Beach near the corner of
San Vicente and Los Arcos in Long Beach 90815.  (We’re around the corner from the school office address at 2375 Fanwood Ave., Long Beach, CA 90815.)  Many blooms this year in spite of the drought and relentless rodent damage to our annual wildflower crop!  Admission if free.

(Jessica here:  a visit to this garden is inspirational! And fun!  Definitely worth checking out)

News and Events – 25 January 2012

January 25, 2012 § Leave a comment

SOME CREEKLY FREAKLY NEWS:

> Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar visited the L.A. River this month. Will plentiful federal funding for river revitalization soon follow?

> Will Campbell discovers a sweet new city of Burbank bike path along the Burbank Western Wash.

> Here’s a blog about recycled concrete rain gardens I’ve been working on with Koreatown Youth Community Center.

Sidewalk cyclist next to the new Avenue 19 bike lanes in Lincoln Heights

> The L.A. River Bike path bike lane bikeway takes a detour onto the streets of Lincoln Heights. I really really like bike lanes and I like the idea of getting them in first, then moving on to more expensive bike paths… but I fear the massive parking removal on this one here will trigger a backlash… potentially leading to future city reluctance to remove any parking anywhere ever. Even if  it’s not quite the L.A. River bikeway, it is a new precedent: the city of Los Angeles’ first completed asymmetric one-way bike lanes couplet… a treatment that I think works better on actual one-way streets. How about Cypress and Avenue 18 next?

SOME UPCOMING EVENTS:

> Elysian Valley neighbors have been experiencing some pollution issues due to Metrolink operations right across the river at Taylor Yard. Metrolink, So Cal Air Quality Management District, elected officials and the public will meet and discuss how to make the situation better. The meeting takes place TONIGHT – Wednesday January 25, 2012 at 6:30pm at the L.A. River Center, 570 W Avenue 26, L.A. 90065. More information here.

> Creek Freak’s Joe Linton will be speaking as part of the environmental media panel at the Council for Watershed Health forum on Tuesday January 31st 2012. More information at CWH website under events.

> CicLAvia returns Sunday April 15th 2012, starring the 4th Street Bridge over the L.A. River.

Creek Freaks Speak Next Week

October 21, 2011 § 1 Comment

Water panel at Antioch University next Thursday

I am speaking at a Water (and Power) panel at Antioch University in Culver City.  Fellow panelists include Leonardo Vilchis, of Union de Vecinos (LACF readers will remember Leonardo from this video) and Conner Everts of Southern California Watershed Alliance (LACF readers will remember Connor from this L.A. River kayak trip.)  « Read the rest of this entry »

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