Next Testing of Big Dig Trucks Will Be in 2020

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Sediment removal from the controversial Devil’s Gate Dam project, begun on May 21, concluded on Nov. 15. Haul trucks will start again in the Spring.

Testing of emissions from haul trucks in the controversial Devil’s Gate Dam sediment removal project, also known as the Big Dig, will not happen this year.
City Councilman Greg Brown announced the news at a Joint Use Committee meeting last week that included members of the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board as well as the council. Brown said the contractor had refused to take part in the tests but Los Angeles County officials were optimistic they could get the issue resolved. Continue reading “Next Testing of Big Dig Trucks Will Be in 2020”

Big Dig Trucks Due to Restart Monday

About 50 people listen to LCF 4 Healthy Air’s Elizabeth Krider present information about the Devil’s Gate Dam sediment removal project during a Tuesday night meeting at La Cañada Unified School District headquarters.
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About 50 people listen to LCF 4 Healthy Air’s Elizabeth Krider present information about the Devil’s Gate Dam sediment removal project during a Tuesday night meeting at La Cañada Unified School District headquarters.

A Los Angeles County official said this week that haul trucks used for the Devil’s Gate Dam sediment removal project would restart on Monday and would be able to use two wheel washers to address dust issues that shut down the diesel vehicles for about three weeks. Continue reading “Big Dig Trucks Due to Restart Monday”

Dust Issues Force Halt in Big Dig Trucking Operations

Trucking operations at the site of the Devil’s Gate Dam sediment removal project were suspended last Thursday, but could resume as early as the end of this week, a county spokesman said.
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Trucking operations at the site of the Devil’s Gate Dam sediment removal project were suspended last Thursday, but could resume as early as the end of this week, a county spokesman said.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works has temporarily stopped trucking operations for the Devil’s Gate Dam sediment removal project over ongoing dust issues, with work expected to resume as soon as the end of this week or early next week, officials said recently. Continue reading “Dust Issues Force Halt in Big Dig Trucking Operations”

Big Dig Discussion Takes Over City Council Meeting

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK Trucks are expected to begin removing sediment this Monday, May 13, in connection with the controversial Devil’s Gate Dam project.
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
Trucks are expected to begin removing sediment this Monday, May 13, in connection with the controversial Devil’s Gate Dam project.

Several residents this week asked the La Cañada Flintridge City Council for help regarding a number of issues involving the Devil’s Gate Dam sediment removal project, in which trucks are set to roll this Monday, May 13.
A key question raised at the council’s meeting on Tuesday night was answered in short order. It was announced toward the end of the session that Public Works Director Patrick DeChellis would be the city’s contact person for the Los Angeles County project. Continue reading “Big Dig Discussion Takes Over City Council Meeting”

Big Dig’s Trucks Expected to Roll on May 13

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK The Devil’s Gate Dam sediment removal project, also known as the Big Dig, is expected to involve hundreds of daily round trips by dozens of diesel trucks.
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
The Devil’s Gate Dam sediment removal project, also known as the Big Dig, is expected to involve hundreds of daily round trips by dozens of diesel trucks.

Trucks used in the Devil’s Gate Dam sediment removal project will begin rolling on Monday, May 13, a Los Angeles County official said this week — though that’s not etched in stone.
Steve Burger, assistant deputy director of the L.A. County Department of Public Works cited that date while speaking to The Outlook after he and other officials delivered a progress report Tuesday to a gathering at the La Cañada High School auditorium. Burger, who said he has been put in charge of the project known as the Big Dig, had said during the presentation that trucks would start hauling in “mid-May.” Continue reading “Big Dig’s Trucks Expected to Roll on May 13”

County Leaders Approve Air Quality Monitoring Plan for Big Dig

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK  The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors recently approved an air quality monitoring plan for the Devil’s Gate Dam sediment removal project, also known as the Big Dig, at its regularly scheduled board meeting in Los Angeles.
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors recently approved an air quality monitoring plan for the Devil’s Gate Dam sediment removal project, also known as the Big Dig, at its regularly scheduled board meeting in Los Angeles.

The Big Dig, also known as the Devil’s Gate Dam sediment removal project, generated news on two fronts recently. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved an air quality monitoring plan for the controversial project, and the local Joint-Use Committee learned that a significant portion of work has been delayed from this month until May.
County supervisors agreed on Tuesday in Los Angeles to retain a consultant to place air quality monitoring devices at the project site and evaluate the data publicly, among other actions. Continue reading “County Leaders Approve Air Quality Monitoring Plan for Big Dig”

Devil’s Gate Dam Sediment Project to Get Smaller

The so-called “Big Dig” won’t be as big after the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a scaled-down version of the Devil’s Gate Dam Sediment Removal project Tuesday.
Instead of the 2.4 million cubic yards previously approved for removal from the Hahamongna Watershed Park behind the Devil’s Gate Dam, now 1.7 million cubic yards will be scheduled to be removed over a three- to five-year span.
That’s still more than the 1.1 million cubic yards suggested in a plan set forth by the city of Pasadena and championed by environmentalists. Nonetheless, several speakers at Tuesday’s meeting expressed satisfaction about the compromise, which passed 5-0 after being proposed by L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger at Tuesday’s board meeting. Continue reading “Devil’s Gate Dam Sediment Project to Get Smaller”

Devil’s Gate Dam ‘Big Dig’ Plans Denied

OUTLOOK photo For several years, concerned residents, such as those who gathered at a 2013 protest, have rallied against the county’s plan for removing millions of cubic yards of sediment from behind Devil’s Gate Dam. Opponents advocated for a more moderate plan.
OUTLOOK photo
For several years, concerned residents, such as those who gathered at a 2013 protest, have rallied against the county’s plan for removing millions of cubic yards of sediment from behind Devil’s Gate Dam. Opponents advocated for a more moderate plan.

A coalition of concerned residents last week cheered a judge’s order that, for now, has halted all activity related to the County Flood Control District’s plans aimed at removing 2.4-million cubic yards of sediment from behind the Devil’s Gate Dam.
“Judge James Chalfant’s ruling about the deficiencies in L.A. County’s Big Dig EIR for Hahamongna is a big victory,” the Arroyo Seco Foundation proclaimed on its website. Continue reading “Devil’s Gate Dam ‘Big Dig’ Plans Denied”