What Jessica says:
I see this blog as a way to share information about LA’s historical ecology – the rivers and streams that were once here – and to update people on relevant watery news and events with a mostly local focus. And to editorialize, of course, and hopefully also amuse and enlighten, although the topics are sometimes heavy.
What Joe says:
We’re not planning to be neutral here at Creek Freek. Our bias is that we believe our rivers and creeks are vital to our communities and our planet. Though degraded and forgotten, they’re worth saving.
We’re not necessarily single-minded either. I am very interested in having a forum where multiple voices are heard. I am looking forward to interplay between Jessica and me (we agree most of the time, but not quite always), and between us and guest bloggers and folks writing comments. I was once asked what I thought was the biggest impediment to revitalizing the Los Angeles River. My response is single-minded thinking. In the 1930’s the decision was made that the river would only be good for one thing: flood control. I tend to think that whenever anyone says that there’s only one thing that we can do on the river, they’re wrong – whether they think that the one thing is flood protection, water supply, soccer fields, bike paths, or even habitat. All that to say that I am glad to have multiple voices here.
Some of my biases (that I am aware of) include:
– I tend to be an incrementalist – looking more for a step in the right direction and not necessarily a huge leap to a final destination.
– I tend to see rivers as opportunity not just for habitat (though I think that we need a lot more riparian habitat than we have locally), but as a common public space where we can address a rich, complex mix of urban needs.
– My focus is most specifically the LA River itself. I know that rivers are inseparable from their watersheds, and that problems like water quality and flooding can’t be solved by narrowly focusing on the river corridor. I know that we need to heal our watershed to heal our river… and that the most authentic opportunities for restoration tend to be the furthest upstream… but I still tend to focus on the river.