New Dominguez Watershed group forms

February 15, 2009 § 1 Comment

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The Gardena Willows in the Dominguez Watershed is one of several remnants of the former, large Dominguez Slough.

Last week I met up with three people who are very motivated to generate projects and attention for the Dominguez Watershed.  It’s something of LA’s orphan watershed, falling outside of most state conservancy territories, reducing funding opportunities – and therefore a lot of political interest.  It’s also a bit of a sleeper watershed – home to small South Bay cities like Hawthorne, Lawndale, Gardena, Carson, Torrance, parts of Inglewood and Compton, and unincorporated LA County, that don’t often attract a lot of attention.  The County of Los Angeles put together a watershed plan for Dominguez, funded by a Prop 13 grant.  The plan proposes many projects for the remnant wetlands of the watershed, as well as projects to address stormwater.  I don’t know what projects from the plan have moved forward into implementation.  

What’s really exciting about last week’s gathering is that its residents (and one former resident – me) are mobilizing.  Agency expertise and capacity is necessary to get big projects going, but it is the residents with a vision who will call attention to the channel and the watershed, and get political support. 

Check out our Dominguez Watershed blog – it’s just in its infancy (as is our name etc).  If you live in the watershed, get involved!

Prior posts about Dominguez:  https://lacreekfreak.wordpress.com/?s=dominguez

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