Creepy creeks

October 17, 2010 § Leave a comment


Sweet brook or death-trap?


Ever watch Bones? It’s a crime-detection series filmed in LA, standing in for DC. Bones, a forensic anthropologist, and Booth, her FBI partner, get called out to look at skeletal remains of murder victims. From what I’ve seen, it looks like a lot of them end up dumped on the Rio Hondo. Yes, I watch Bones to play “name that stream.” But Bones also reminds me that running across death and decay, the detritus of predator-prey relationships, is a reality if you hike creeks. It’s the shadow side of our life cycle, essential to recycling nutrients for the ecosystem. But still, gruesome. Thankfully I’ve not run across human remains – smashed cars, santeria offerings…but no remains. Knock wood.

Sometimes creeks are just downright creepy.

[Grim photos follow the jump – don’t follow if you don’t want to see it.]

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Construction on the Lower Arroyo Seco

July 17, 2010 § 12 Comments

Construction on the Lower Arroyo Seco - below the Avenue 26 Bridge

Here are some photos of some construction (so far destruction?) underway on the lower Arroyo Seco. I first heard about this activity from Highland Park 90042, which asked the question What Are They Doing Down There? I have more-or-less the same question after seeing it myself. « Read the rest of this entry »

Deciding Hahamongna’s fate. Again.

July 7, 2010 § 12 Comments

"The original bridge over the site of the Devil's Gate Dam. As of 1987, there is no longer a reservoir. The site may be seen from Highway 210, north of the Arroyo Seco and south of Jet Propulsion Laboratory." 1920. Source: LAPL, Photo: 00017346

We’ve touched on this before, but today is a day of blogger solidarity to protect Hahamongna in its current state. The Pasadena City Council will meet on Monday, July 12, to vote on whether or not to place soccer fields within this natural park that contains a now rare thing in the greater LA area: oak woodlands and riparian and wetland habitat.

Details for the meeting:

Monday, July 12, 6:30-8:30pm; at 100 North Garfield Avenue, Pasadena, CA

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Construction at Confluence Park

May 25, 2010 § 8 Comments

Confluence Park plaza and fountain area under construction today


I was glad to see construction proceeding at Confluence Park today. In early 2008 construction started there, but then stopped in late 2008 or early 2009 when state bond funds were frozen. I don’t have much recent insider information on this project, so I’ll try to get more details and pass them along to our readers. What follows is basic information on where and what Confluence Park is.  

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Arroyo Seco Bike Path Moving Forward Slowly

May 16, 2010 § 2 Comments

The edge of this L.A. City Sanitation Yard will become a bike path and walk trail along the Arroyo Seco. (Photo: Bing Maps)

As announced here, last Thursday, the county of Los Angeles Public Works Department held a public meeting on its plans for adding more bike path along the Arroyo Seco. Creek Freek covered the plans for this bike path earlier and that background information is still applicable. It’s going to take a while, but the project is moving forward. Additional details after the jump.

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News and Events – 11 May 2010

May 11, 2010 § 1 Comment


>The Studio City Los Angeles River Natural Park proposed for the existing Golf and Tennis site is “the craziest g*****n thing I’ve ever seen in my life” says owner in today’s Daily News. Earlier Creek Freak coverage of the issue here and here.

> Blogdowntown tells how L.A.’s 1929 First Street Bridge is being put back together. 

Fairy Shrimp - photo from What's That Bug?

> What’s That Bug finds fairy shrimp at Rio De Los Angeles State Park wetlands.

> County Supervisor Don Knabe funds improvements to the San Gabriel River Bike Path in the cities of Lakewood and Cerritos.

> When bicycling in New Orleans “forget your compass and follow the River” says NOLACycle (via Streetsblog)

> Construction to begin in July on the city of Glendale’s long-delayed Glendale Narrows River Walk project – per L.A. Times

> Win free reusable bag by taking L.A. City Bureau of Sanitation’s stormwater survey. Follow their informative L.A. Team Effort blog. 


> The county of L.A. invites the public to a meeting regarding the Lower Arroyo Seco Bike Path at 6pm this Thursday May 13th at the River Center’s Los Feliz Room. Creek Freak project background here and here.

> Rock the Boat video screens 7:30pm on Friday May 21st at L.A.  Eco-Village. RSVP and details at Facebook event page.

> Register now for the L.A. County Bicycle Coalition’s annual Los Angeles River Ride taking place on Sunday June 6th.

Soccer at Hahamongna?

April 21, 2010 § 3 Comments

Aerial view of Hahamongna. Photo from (and linked to) Arroyo Seco Foundation website.

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.

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