News and Events – 2 February 2011

February 2, 2011 § 2 Comments

Recent News:

> In today’s Los Angeles Times, Louis Sahagun has an excellent piece on the proposed massive Newhall Ranch development, and the differences between the federal Army Corps of Engineers and Environmental Protection Agency.  “Developers … would convert nearly 20 miles of tributaries and riverbank into storm drains and levees”

> The San Gabriel Valley Tribune reported on a recent evaluation of the San Gabriel River’s Santa Fe Dam (located in Irwindale – near the confluence of the 210 and 605 freeways.) The article states that the dam is “potentially dangerous” and asserts that “probability of failure is very high.”  Simultaneously, though further down in the article, the Tribune clarifies that the dam evaluation found “no major flaws” and that the dam’s “chances of failure are remote.” The story was soon followed by an editorial invoking catastrophic New Orleans’ Katrina damage. (Joe’s snipey comment: Methinks people who get paid to build dams are looking for work.)

> I stole some of Jessica Hall’s ideas for a quick guest blog at the city of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation’s Stormwater Blog.

Upcoming Events:

LACBC's River Ride takes place on Sunday June 5th

It’s not tooo sooon to mark your calendar for the big L.A. River events of the year:

Friends of the Los Angeles River’s annual Clean-Up will be on Saturday April 30th 2011.

Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition’s annual River Ride  will be on Sunday June 5th 2011.

> CicLAvia (not all that riverly, but includes a great river bridge) announced 2011 dates too: April 10th, July 10th and October 9th.

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§ 2 Responses to News and Events – 2 February 2011

  • Thanks for letting us know about this great piece about Newhall Ranch and the river there. I didn’t see it in the paper – was it in the Sports section, which I automatically toss out? (confession) Or maybe it did not make it into the print edition??? (which would be too bad) It is interesting that EPA may elevate the issue – they’ve only vetoed about a dozen times in the history of the Clean Water Act. The Playa Vista development at the Ballona Wetlands was also once elevated, but ultimately not vetoed. The Lobbyists won out.

    • Joe Linton says:

      It was in the sportfishing section!! (just kidding) – I don’t know if it saw print or not. It’s an important piece, though, and really deserving of wider exposure.

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