Local Tsunami Images

March 15, 2011 § 3 Comments

With the gravity of the situation in Japan still very much on the mind, here’s some imagery of the tsunami reaching local shores, perhaps more of a curiosity (the film-makers are relatively light-hearted, probably more a counter-reaction to local hype); but for me, a reminder that powerful forces can touch us from far away.

On Ballona Creek, by AmericanFilmProdComp

At Catalina Harbor, by Isthmus101

Where would I be without Facebook (and “real-life”) friends like Sabrina Drill and Jeff Chapman who post these links? Thanks!


Recent updates: a victory, a Greenway Plan, and a continuance

March 2, 2011 § 1 Comment

A Greenway Plan: Adams Flood Control Channel aka Arroyo La Cienega, "on punk rock," to paraphrase a friend. Image: Joshua Link, Ecotone Studios.

A victory, a Greenway Plan, and a continuance helped to define recent weeks for this LA CreekFreak.

First victory. Altadena bloggers and residents celebrated the award of funding for acquisition of land in Rubio Canyon, preserving public access and restoration of some land there. Congrats to the Arroyos and Foothills Conservancy for the State grant and successful coordination effort to bring it all together.

A Greenway Plan! More about this in a separate post. A personal project spanning five years, first as Ballona Creek Watershed Coordinator and later as a landscape designer, is finally complete and posted for public view and use. The Ballona Creek Greenway Plan resulted from stakeholder creek-walks and design charettes, strategy sessions with Natural Channel Design and Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission staff, and hydraulic modeling and design work of the Restoration Design Group team.  Downloadable at the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission website.

And a continuance. The Stone Canyon Creek hearing has been continued for a month or more. Thanks for the letters written by community members, agency reps and the kids at University Elementary School, whose school sits on the creek at UCLA – this is not over yet! And also, thanks to the student and community volunteers – including rumored hungover frat boys – and SMBRC staff who have been working hard to restore Stone Creek on the UCLA campus.

Knocking down harmless art on Ballona Creek

February 14, 2011 § 1 Comment

Regular users of the Ballona Bike Path next to Marina del Rey are probably familiar with the little stone cairns down by the water’s edge. Or were – they apparently have merited the attention of the Flood Control District, which is now going to knock them down if they haven’t already.  « Read the rest of this entry »

Upcoming Event: Creekfreak talk at South Coast CNPS

October 29, 2010 § 5 Comments

Cross-section demonstrating naturalization strategy in soon-to-be-completed planning study.

Monday night I’m giving a talk at the South Coast California Native Plant Society. Come on down! The talk is “Hope for Southern California Streams” and my hope is to stuff flowers in your muskets and arm you with a sense of the possible, to fuel our collective political will on behalf of our waterways and remnant habitat patches – with some specific time to think out loud about South Bay wild things (and I’m so not referring to beach bunnies).

When: 7:30pm

Where: South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes, CA 90274

Ballona Creek – “My Little Mississippi” and sometimes Tarzan’s Africa

October 6, 2010 § 4 Comments

Ballona Creek image from Wikimapia

You know I’m a sucker for creeky oral histories. Here’s an excerpt about Ballona Creek from a site I found a while back:

For me growing up the Ballona Creek became my version of the Mississippi! Tom Sawyer had nothing on me except a lot more water.  We kids would climb down into the channel and ride our bikes are hike for miles…The creek sides were not paved and in some cases were still dirt and boulders when I was growing up. So we explored the nine miles rock by rock.  I’ll bet I used ten boxes of band aids after falling and nicking myself on those rocks. « Read the rest of this entry »

News and Events – 21 September 2010

September 21, 2010 § Leave a comment

Undated historic photo of Red Car trolley crossing the L.A. River below the Glendale Hyperion Bridge. Given the complete lack of vegetation in the river, this was likely right after concrete channel construction. From Coralitas Red Car Property - click on image for link



> Culver City construction on the Ballona Creek bike path from Overland Avenue to the Westwood Avenue pedestrian bridge. Looks like another good creek revitalization project, but bicyclists should expect detours now through January (Culver City Bicycle Coalition

> Federal funding secured for the Watershed Council’s Water Augmentation Study (Congresswoman Linda Sánchez

> Downstream cities are installing nice single-purpose gray grates to keep trash out of the Los Angeles River (L.A. Times and L.A. Now – also earlier Creek Freak coverage, though we somehow missed coverage any accompanying source control efforts.) 

> Genetically modified salmon coming soon to a plate near you? (L.A. Times Greenspace

> Beautiful graphical history of the meanderings of the Mississippi River (NPR

> Long Beach awarded grant for river parkway wetlands restoration project at DeForest Park (Supervisor Don Knabe


> L.A. River panel tomorrow September 22nd (Zócalo

> Coastal CleanUp Day on September 25th 2010. (Heal the Bay

> Jenny Price River tours on September 26th and October 3rd (Hidden L.A.

> Ballona Wetlands Science and Research Symposium on December 8th 2010. (Creek Freak

(Just the headlines, m’am, courtesy of Joe being busy with CicLAvia – come and check it out on October 10th!)

Places to Visit: Ballona Creek Bike Path Sculpture Gates and Mini-Parks

June 30, 2010 § 9 Comments

McConnell Avenue gate by Brett Goldstone 2009

After yesterday’s talk, I rode the Ballona Creek Bike Path and checked out the still-relatively-new art gates there. In an earlier L.A. Creek Freak post, Jessica covered the gates’ and mini-parks’ December 4th 2009 dedication. Additional online coverage can be found at Ballona Creek Renaissance’s (BCR) April 2010 newsletter. After the jump are listing and mapping of the gate/park sites, and photos of the gates as they appear today.  

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