Soccer at Hahamongna?
April 21, 2010 § 3 Comments
Once again, active recreation and our dwindling natural resources are being pitted against each other. This time, it’s at Hahamongna, a basin on the Arroyo Seco next to JPL. Devil’s Gate Dam holds back the Arroyo’s flows, infiltrating some of them into the Raymond Basin, the aquifer that supplies a lot of Pasadena’s water. Above ground, wetlands and oak woodlands abound, a rare finger of habitat extending down from the San Gabriel Mountains.
Should soccer be carved out of this? I suppose it depends on your values. A quick web search shows that the City of Pasadena sought to locate soccer here in 2005 as well, so for those of us solidly in the Creekfreak camp, there’s a Freddy Krueger element to this. The voice of a frustrated biologist comes to my mind, who pulled me aside at a conference to say,”We have to fight and fight, to win every time, to preserve what’s left. The other side only has to win once and it’s gone forever.”